7 November 2019 7pm Smokey Joe’s, Cheltenham
CONGRATULATIONS to Janet for her superb reading from ‘A bag of sky’ at her book launch. The broad range of fine-tuned emotions they evoke in print was deepened by the quiet passion of her reading whether the mood was comedy, irony, raunchy, wistful, or grieving.
Thanks to the wonderfully supportive audience, to the open mic performers, and to superb poetic support readings from Josephine Lay, Marilyn Timms and Angela France.
To read more about Janet’s winning book in Frosted Fire first pamphlet competion, go to https://frostedfirefirsts.blog/a-bag-of-sky/
Janet Lees, a poet, artist, and poetry filmmaker, won our festival’s Frosted Fires First Pamphlet competition in 2019. Her prize is 50 copies of her pamphlet A Bag of Sky on publication on 30 October. In April 2020, she will be a headline poet reading at Cheltenham Poetry Festival.
Janet’s poetry has been published in a wide range of journals, including Magma, Poetry News and Lighthouse. Her work has also featured in several anthologies, including Planet in Peril, The Valley Press Anthology of Prose Poetry, the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual, and Fanfare: Poems by Contemporary Women Poets.
Her film-based works have been selected for international festivals including the International Videopoetry Festival, FilmPoem and the Aesthetica Art Prize, and her visual work has been exhibited around the world. Last year Janet was the artist representing the Isle of Man at the Festival Interceltique in France, with an exhibition comprising poetry, art photography and film.