About me

 
Jane Commane was born in Coventry and lives and works in Warwickshire.

 

My first full-length collection, Assembly Lines, is published by Bloodaxe Books (February 2018).

My poetry has previously featured in anthologies including The Best British Poetry 2011 (Salt Publishing) and Lung Jazz: Young British Poets for Oxfam (Cinnamon) and in magazines including Anon, And Other Poems, Bare Fiction, Iota, Tears in the Fence and The Morning Star. You can read some of my poems here.

I have worked as a poet, writing tutor and mentor for the last ten years, and  led many writing workshops in a variety of interesting locations, including in museums, castles, city centres, orchards and along riverbanks. I was poet in residence at the Brontë Parsonage in Haworth and have been commissioned to provide workshops for Girl Guiding UK, Ledbury Poetry Festival and Birmingham Literature Festival, amongst many others.

I am also a publisher and editor at Nine Arches Press and co-editor of Under the Radar magazine. I am co-organiser (with Jonathan and Maria Taylor) of the Leicester Shindig poetry series, and co-author (with Jo Bell) of How to Be a Poet, a creative writing handbook and blog series.

A graduate of the Warwick Writing Programme, I also worked in museums and archives for almost a decade, working in education and conservation departments, doing everything from repairing maps and cleaning historic documents to designing learning activities. A love of history, place and landscape, particular that of the Midlands,  informs much of what I write about and who I am.

In 2016, I was chosen to join Writing West Midlands’ Room 204 writer development programme and in 2017, I was selected as one of three inaugural Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellows, alongside Jackie Hagan and Raymond Antrobus.

Find out more about the Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowships here. 

I am available for poetry readings, workshops, and commissions. Please see the contact page for further details.