Death of north-west poet Janet Ramsden
A long-standing, active member of the north-west poetry scene, Janet Ramsden, has died after a brief illness, members of Write Out Loud will be saddened to hear.
Janet died on 27 November in a Wigan hospice. For many years she was an active poet on the north-west scene, particularly in Bolton and Wigan. As well as performing, she helped to officiate at many Write Out Loud slams.
Janet was a warm and vibrant character who loved to laugh. A taxi driver by occupation, she was modest about her own poetic skill, always seeking to improve and take on board critique. In some ways she represented what Write Out Loud is all about – giving the man/woman in the street a voice, a platform, and a means to express themselves.
Although latterly Janet had retired from the poetry scene to concentrate on other areas of her life, she will be remembered by Write Out Loud members for her many qualities; the generosity she displayed in commenting, her lively contribution to the discussion area, and the warm welcome and encouragement she gave to all new members.
Janet was a great believer in the survival of the spirit. Let’s hope she’s listening now. Below are a few out of the many quotes that appeared on Facebook, where a recent announcement was made.
“Very sad to hear this. … She was always very supportive especially in my early days of writing and performing, she will be missed X”.
“Never met her but she offered me a warm welcome to Write Out Loud and always said something nice about my posts. Thank you Janet.”
“I only met her a few times but yes she was likeable, positive, and full of interesting and different perceptions.”
“I well remember Janet being one of the first to welcome me to Write Out Loud [online] and to comment on my efforts. Although we never met she came across as a warm and friendly person. Thank you Janet, and wherever you are, I hope you know that there are those who are thinking of you and missing you.”