Janet Lees is a poet and artist working primarily with photography, film and collage. Her poetry has been widely published and anthologised around the world, and she has won prizes in many different competitions. Her film-based works have been selected for a wide range of international festivals, including Filmpoem and the Aesthetica Art Prize.
Representing the Isle of Man, she was one of 72 Commonwealth nation poets to feature in BBC Radio's Poetry Postcards project. A founder member of Poetry Unlimited IOM, she won the Olive Lamming prize for poetry in 2012 and was runner-up in 2014. Her work has been published in a wide range of poetry magazines and anthologies and her poetry films selected for several international festivals and prizes, including the Aesthetica Art Prize and Filmpoem.
Janet holds an MA with distinction in Creative Writing from Lancaster University and is an experienced workshop facilitator – for example, she runs community creative writing workshops at The Hub in Port Erin and in Jurby at Earroo Nane Community Centre. She is passionate about the benefits of creativity and is currently exploring the links between the arts and wellbeing through the study of creative writing as a therapeutic practice.
Last year she was the visual artist representing the Isle of Man at the Festival Interceltique in Lorient, France, with an exhibition of art photographs, poems and films. Her first book, House of water, combines her poetry and art photography. Supported by Culture Vannin, it will be available from spring 2019 in the Island’s bookshops and other outlets.