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Janey Colbourne

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Updated: Fri, 14 Dec 2018 06:37 pm

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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 Poetry24 (online) Front Page ‘Bikini Dilemma’ 22 June 2018 Poetry24 (online) Front Page 'It's A Crime To Sleep When You're Homeless' 11 Sep 2018 Poetry24 (online) In Brief ‘United States Incarceration Rates’ 9 Dec 2018 Performances, projects and interviews Vocals for the soundscape for ‘Blackburn Gas Light Company reworked’, a light & sound installation at The Bureau by Gareth Hudson & Toby Thirling for Blackburn Festival of Light 15 December 2018 Open mics Every third Friday at Art Space, The Bureau, Blackburn 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 3 July 2018 Word Central, Manchester Central Library (Feat Alex Slater) 17 July 2018 Number 39 Bar, Darwen (Feat Monologue John Bartley) 2 August 2018 Word Central, Manchester Central Library 18 September 2018 Number 39 Bar, Darwen 24 October 2018 Panjenix Acoustic Club, Forts Arms, Clayton le Moors 1 November 2018 Word Central, Manchester Central Library (Feat Gerry Clarkson) 12 November 2018 Evidently Salford, Eagle Inn, Salford (feat Scott Tyrrell & Sez Thomasin) 6 December 2018 Word Central, Manchester Central Library (Feat Laura Taylor) 3 January 2019 Word Central, Manchester Central Library (feat Rose Condo)


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 'To All You Writers And Poets' live @ Number 39 Bar ©Janey Colbourne 2018 The Voice of the Commons ©️Janey Colbourne 2018 It’s A Crime To Sleep When You’re Homeless (published by Poetry24) ©️Janey Colbourne 2018

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Audio entries by Janey Colbourne

Christmas Is Ridiculous (14/12/2018)

On Tents Left Behind At Festivals (30/08/2018)

I’m Not Your Zebra (23/07/2018)

Real Life (24/05/2018)

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Janey Colbourne

Tue 2nd Oct 2018 19:45

Thanks Christine. I enjoyed your poem. I will go and visit those woods if I’m ever up that way. I’ve written quite a bit about trees and woodland myself. Some nonfiction and song lyrics as well as a couple of poems. I like to sit in the woods to write.

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Christine Renshaw

Tue 2nd Oct 2018 12:15

Thanks for reading and commenting on 'The Language of Trees'.......... I kid you not in Settle go up constitutional hill to the ancient woodland and there is a talking tree

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Janey Colbourne

Tue 24th Jul 2018 14:24

You’re welcome Christine. Good poem.

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Christine Renshaw

Tue 24th Jul 2018 09:54

Thank you for your comments on 'pissing up the wall'

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Janey Colbourne

Fri 25th May 2018 06:59

Thanks Big Sal!

Big Sal

Thu 24th May 2018 21:13

Great sample. 👍

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