I am a writer, performance poet and musician, exploring nature/culture, feminism and politics. I am particularly interested in the significance of our connection to the rest of nature and how disconnection is linked to capitalism, consumerism and abuse of humans and the environment. In a former life I was a medical herbalist. Recently I have been writing a lot of feminist poetry, as part of the #metoo movement, challenging rape culture and the myths that help to perpetuate it. I perform my poetry locally at open mic nights in the North West of England. My style spans inspiration, compassion, grief, rage, and humour. I also write non-fiction articles and essays about nature, science, culture and politics. I have a blog on Wordpress, where you can find a selection of my work in various formats, and links to my other social media. Publications See with Heart: a book of poems and photographs 2015 Growing with Gratitude: a poetic journey of healing 2016 She Who Knows magazine contributor Winter 2016 Kindred Spirit magazine contributor Nov/Dec 2016 PendleCraft magazine contributor Sep 2017 Earth Pathways diary contributor 2017, 2018, 2019 Earth Pathways calendar contributor 2018 Poetry24 (online) Front Page ‘Dear Ms Greer’ 5 June 2018 Poetry24 (online) In Brief ‘Unexpected Walruses’ 10 June 2018 Open mics Every third Friday at Art Space, The Bureau, Blackburn http://bureaublackburn.co.uk/art-space/ 4 April 2018 Panjenix Acoustic Club, Forts Arms, Clayton le Moors (Feat Laura Taylor & Bob Kettle) 1 May 2018 Two Poets (Laura Taylor & Steve Pottinger), Ham & Jam Coffee Shop, Preston 12 May 2018 The People’s Platform Stage, The Bureau, Blackburn for The National Festival of Making 25 June 2018 Stirred Poetry: Women of Punk, Three Minute Theatre, Manchester 3 July 2018 Word Central, Manchester Central Library 17 July 2018 Number 39 Bar, Darwen
It’s not a trend, it’s a necessity Gotta keep up with the Kardashians mentality, ‘It’s not a trend it’s a necessity,’ trapped in triviality, keeping you from seeing reality. Do what you’re told because you’re worth it. Seem to be sold out, sorry, who’s worth it? Examine your eyebrows with laser focus, while the forests burn you’re taciturn. But butt implants are more essential than the last rare plant destroyed, as torrential rains and flash floods bless the blood of children, spilled in war for oil. Your botox is crucial for your facial brutal atrocity across the nations, inequality is normalised. Don’t forget your eyes need a grand of lashes, while a different brand, in Saudi slashes for one who dares to Speak. Of. Freedom. They said it was worth it. It’s not a trend. It’s a necessity. ©️Janey Colbourne 2018 Canaries in the Mine ©️Janey Colbourne 2018
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Canaries in the Mine (08/06/2018)
Still 23 (06/06/2018)
For My Sisters And Brothers Of Colour (29/05/2018)
Real Life (24/05/2018)
What Is Freedom? (24/05/2018)
Common Ground (23/05/2018)
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