Jane Ayres

UK based neurodivergent writer Jane Ayres re-discovered the joy of poetry studying for a part-time Creative Writing MA at the University of Kent, which she completed in 2019 at the age of 57.

She is fascinated by hybrid poetry/prose experimental forms and has work published or accepted in Confluence, Postscript, Dissonance, The Agonist, Lighthouse, Viscaria, The Sock Drawer, Streetcake, The North, The Poetry Village, Scrittura, Door is a Jar, Marble, Agapanthus, Confingo, Crow & Cross Keys, Kissing Dynamite, Black Sunflowers Anthology, Ink Drinkers Poetry, Not Deer Magazine, (mac)ro(mic), Sledgehammer, Punk Noir Magazine, Versification, Ample Remains, Nymphs, Black Flowers, Divergent Femmes, The Chamber, Green Ink Poetry, Full House Literary Magazine, Honeyfire Lit Mag, Amberflora, Beir Bua, Shorts magazine, Resurrection, The Short of It, Words & Whispers Literary Journal, Selcouth Station Press, Gutsluts Bonemilk anthology, Half Empty Magazine, Ubu, Sylvia Magazine, Crow of Minerva, Acropolis Journal, Gutsluts Suicidal Aliens anthology, Feline Utopia anthology, Roots anthology (Green Ink Poetry), Footprints: an anthology of new ecopoetry (Broken Sleep), Purrfect Poems, Goats Milk Magazine, tiny wren lit, Fly on the Wall Press, I Write Her, Remington Review, The Joy of Living anthology (Dreich), Roi Faineant, Capsule Stories, Spoonie, substantially unlimited, Magma, thimble and The Forge. Work has also been featured on podcast Blue Door to the Cosmos.

In 2020, she was longlisted for the Rebecca Swift Foundation Women Poets’ Prize, shortlisted for Battery Pack IV, and won Best magazine’s short story competition, as well as the non-fiction prize for the Dissonance Covid-19 Competition.

In 2021, she was nominated for Best of the Net, shortlisted for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Awards, Penguin’s Christmas Romance Novel Competition, The Poetry Business Open Submissions, Nine Pens Series Anthologies, highly commended in the Bridgend Writers Circle Fiction Competition and a winner of the Laurence Sterne Prize. https://beirbuapress.com/2021/11/09/laurence-sterne-prize-2021-results-announced/

Her first collection edible is now available from Beir Bua Press.


In 2022, she was awarded an honourable mention in the 2022 Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest: https://winningwriters.com/past-winning-entries/not-coming

Jane’s micro-chapbook my lost womb still sings to me is published by Porkbelly Press in 2022/23. Pre-order here: https://porkbellypress.com/forthcoming/lost-womb

Poems have featured on https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/poetry-on-the-theme-of-poetry-ars-poetica-for/id1544988802?i=1000554787578

She tweets at https://twitter.com/workingwords50

(all images by Jane Ayres)

Before rediscovering poetry, Jane was busy writing books for children and teenagers. For more information go to https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jane-Ayres/e/B004MWCTD8 and The Beautiful Room (janeayres.blogspot.com)

She continues to enjoy writing short stories and articles for commercial magazines and her work can be found in The People’s Friend, Yours Fiction Special, Best, Planet Mindful and Writers’ Forum.

For links to poetry and creative non-fiction see the list below.


Jane Ayres – The Poetry Village

Three Interludes – The Forge (forgelitmag.com)


Jane Ayres on Thanet Writers

Dissonance Magazine

All Forms Welcome | Postscript Magazine

The Agonist Journal    &  The Agonist Journal

trust no-one, Jane Ayres (notdeermagazine.com)

most fairy tales are pretty grim but they still ride us—Jane Ayres – Crow & Cross Keys (crowcrosskeys.com)

Appearing in The Chamber on September 3 | The Chamber Magazine

thebeforetime – AMPLE REMAINS

Jane Ayres: “Sunset, Muted — Green Ink Poetry

Poetry: “These shiny shoes are bleeding” & “Buried with golden hamsters” by Jane Ayres (selcouthstation.com)

Chatting To Our Clubs Writers! Full House Lit Mag podcast (player.fm)

don’t eat the roses | Goats Milk Magazine

Jane Ayres childhood sweetheart sender – KD (kissingdynamitepoetry.com)

4 poems by Jane Ayres – Punk Noir Magazine

Jane Ayres | Sledgehammer Lit

Toasting and Weighting Ash by Jane Ayres | (mac)ro(mic) (macromic.org)

‘asphyxiation can sometimes be sweet and slow’ by Jane Ayres — Nymphs (nymphspublications.com)

UNTOLD (honeyfirelit.com)

Safe Spaces with Sharp Edges by Jane Ayres — Divergent Femmes

no resurrection — Words & Whispers (wordsandwhispers.org)