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Janette Ayachi
QuickFire, Slow Burning

Book Launch

With support from Eve Simpson, Nazaret Ranea & Ria Bronte

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Saturday 29.06.24. 7–8.30pm. Free. Click here to book

Join us for the launch of QuickFire, Slow Burning by Janette Ayachi, and support from new voices, Eve Simpson, Nazaret Ranea and Ria Bronte.

Janette Ayachi’s second collection moves away from the personal and delves into the universal with poems often taking flight from the page to parachute into performance. Her hypnotic voice lifts from a keen observing stance to one that probes the chemical reactions in nature, and especially in the body. Fire is seen as an element; as something environmental, a natural disaster. But Ayachi also plays with fire as a fuel in relationships; a heat felt and subject to synergy within the cells and flesh, a cardiac pulse, a love that comes quickly and burns slowly, constantly rekindling hope for change, peace and renewal. There is a mystic undertow that exposes the materials, the lore of bones and anatomy, pilgrimages and prayers, superstitions and super galaxies that she explores with language. Lost landscapes and lost loves merge as she confronts loneliness at the same time as showing us new bloom is on the horizon – that nature will always will us another spark.

Ayachi’s second collection has an obvious relish for the spectacular, either in its language – a broad, sumptuous, often painterly vocabulary – or its subject matter: earthquakes, grave robbings, bombs and wildfires… its a joy to be swept along. A fine book with a big heart and imagination. – Dave Coates, The Poetry Society


Janette Ayachi (1982 -) BA (Film Media/ English Literature Stirling University), MSc (Creative Writing, Edinburgh University) is a Scottish-Algerian poet. She is the author of poetry pamphlets Pauses At Zebra Crossings & A Choir of Ghosts & her hardback children’s book The Mermaid, The Girl and The Gondola (Black Wolf Edition) was illustrated by Fabio Perla. Her first full poetry collection Hand Over Mouth Music (Pavilion, Liverpool University Press) won the Saltire Poetry Book of the Year Literary Award 2019. Her poetry, prose & essays have been translated into several languages in a broad range of newspapers & anthologies from presses such as Polyglon, Canongate & Jessica Kingsley London. She is a regular on BBC arts programmes & she collaborates with artists & performs at festivals internationally. She is poet-in-residence at Edinburgh Park where she edits a lit.zine Polaris & she mentors poets through The Scottish Poetry Library, The Scottish Refugee Council & The Scottish Book Trust. She is working on her travel memoir Lonerlust & her debut fiction novel Of Sweet Figs and Forget-Me-Nots.

Eve Simpson, artist and songwriter from South Shields, situated her Geordie lilts in the Celtic surroundings of Edinburgh. Supported by Youth Music and Help Musicians, Eve’s music has featured on BBC Scotland’s Track of the Week, BBC Introducing, BBC 6 Music, and received editorial support on Soundcloud’s Hot UK Pop. Eve gigs extensively throughout the UK, featuring at Edinburgh Hogmanay, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Celtic Connections, and selling out headlines from Edinburgh to London. Eve’s writing has seen her collaborate with Beth Nielsen Chapman, Kathryn Tickell, and The Lake Poets, as well as scoring the North East segment of a FOCAL International award-winning film.

Born in 1999 in Malaga, Spain, now residing in Edinburgh, Scotland, Nazaret Ranea is an emerging poet recognized as one of Scotland’s Next Generation Young Makars. Nazaret is the author of the zines My Men and My Women, and also the editor of the anthology For Those Who Tend the Soil, which was published in partnership with the Scottish Poetry Library. She is currently working on her debut anthology. She frequently participates in many spoken word events in Scotland, has been featured in BBC Radio Scotland and debuted at the 2023 Fringe festival.

Ria Bronte, Glasgow-based poet, musician and visual artist, has performed at festivals around Europe, co-won Glasgow’s Slam Heat, taken part in the BBC showcase at London’s Roundhouse and been published in various magazines. Poetry has been crucial to her re-discovering her voice. It has been said of her work “[Ria] has a mouth endowed with the power to dismember the defences of a whole room- before putting us back together again, filled with far more awe and compassion than before.”

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