Janey Colbourne

Freelance nonfiction writer & poet

United Kingdom

Janey Colbourne is a creative nonfiction writer and poet, with a science degree and a diploma in proofreading and editing. She has a particular interest in environmental humanities, an exciting new field at the intersection of science and the humanities.

She is a regular contributor writer for Earth Pathways Diary, has had work published in various magazines, and has a poem in the anthology Peterloo Poems by Manchester People published by Seven Arches Publishing.

Janey collaborated with artist Cath Ford, writing words to incorporate into Cath's artwork for International Women's Day 2021, and with ceramic artist Stella Boothman, writing a poem in response to Stella's art for her exhibition 'With Love from Blackburn' which was part of the Creative Spaces project in 2021.

Her poem 'If I Were A Tree' was included in the big screen display for The National Festival of Making's project 'Of Earth and Sky' in Blackburn 2021, and a line from that poem is engraved on a plaque on one of Blackburn with Darwen Borough's pandemic memorial benches.

As a poet, her featured performances include Manchester Histories Soapbox, Truth To Power Café, Wigan Diggers’ Festival 2019, and That's What She Said, Manchester. She was the curator and host of Rise! Spoken Word at The Bureau, in Blackburn, Lancashire in 2020/21.

Child of War #spokenword by Janey Colbourne

I wrote this before lockdown, for the Blackburn College Small Stories Poetry Slam, on the theme of War. The event had to be postponed due to the covid outbre...

Testimony by Janey Colbourne

©️Janey Colbourne 2019 originally written and performed for the Truth To Power Cafe in answer to the question, 'Who has power over you, and what would you li...

The Shuttle: Blackburn with Darwen Council News
Borough's Covid benches mark a moment in time

17 new benches have been installed across Blackburn with Darwen, engraved with lines of poetry inspired by the Covid lockdowns. The benches form the borough's memorial to the Covid pandemic, which ...