Janet Lees is an award-winning poet based in Douglas. 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. 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.