Janette Ayachi: Exploring Heritage Through Poetry

Wednesday 17 July, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Scottish-Algerian poet Janette Ayachi gives a special reading at Bluecoat exploring dual heritage through poetry, hosted by Deryn Rees-Jones.

Janette Ayachi is a Scottish-Algerian poet, London-born & Edinburgh-based. She has a BA combined honours degree in English Literature & Film Media Studies (Stirling University) & an MSc in Creative Writing (Edinburgh University)

She’s a regular on BBC Scotland arts programmes (and has even starred in a whisky advert!) Her poetry, prose and essays have been published internationally & translated into several languages. She also collaborates with artists and performs her poetry at festivals or events.

She is the author of Hand Over Mouth Music (Pavilion, Liverpool University Press) which won the Saltire Poetry Book of the Year Literary Award 2019 and Quick Fire, Slow Burning (Pavilion, LUP) released in April 2024.

She is writing her travel memoir Lonerlust about travelling alone searching landscapes, culture, desire and human connection, alongside her debut fiction novel, Of Sweet Figs and Forget-Me-Nots.


In partnership with the University of Liverpool Centre for New and International Writing and Pavilion Poetry

Deryn Rees-Jones is Professor of Poetry at the University of Liverpool, and is the editor of the new Pavilion Poetry series, for Liverpool University Press.

The Centre for New and International Writing is the University of Liverpool’s focal point for the study of contemporary and international literatures, for creative writing, and new writing in its many manifestations.


Pavilion Poetry seeks to publish the very best in contemporary poetry. Always international in its reach, Pavilion Poetry is poetry that takes a risk. Whether by new or established and award-winning writers, this is poetry sure to challenge and delight.

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Bluecoat, Sandon Room, School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BX

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