Earth Pathways Diary 2021

For the fifth year running I am delighted to be a contributor to Earth Pathways Diary. This is so much more than a diary. It’s a beautiful collection of inspiring and heartwarming art and writing. Two pieces of my writing are included in the 2021 diary. I am selling copies for £14.50 each plus £3.50 postage and packing. I can take payment via my PayPal link here. Please confirm your delivery address in the message. In the past I’ve had an issue with diaries going astray due to people forgetting to update their address on PayPal.

Earth Pathways Diary 2020 and poetry booklets for sale

For the last few years I have been honoured to be a contributing writer to Earth Pathways Diary. The 2020 edition includes one of my poems, overlaid against Lucy Pearce’s beautiful ammonite spiral art. This diary is, every year, such a gorgeous piece of work I have kept every single copy I have owned, and I guarantee you will want to do the same. As well as being a very useful, practical diary, with a weekly view per page, plus a calendar at the back, and including detailed phases of the moon and other astrological information, it is brimming with wise, positive and inspiring words, beautiful artwork and photography, and helpful articles on the seasons and celebrations. It is printed on recycled paper and spiral bound so it is easy to open out flat. As a contributor, I have copies of next year’s diary for sale. The diaries are £14 each plus £3 postage & packing. For two diaries to the same address the postage is £4. If you would like more than two copies to the same address, contact me for a price. They make lovely gifts, and always sell out before the end of the year, so I recommend getting your order in as soon as possible. You can order diaries by using the link below to pay by PayPal. Please confirm your delivery address in the PayPal message box, as I have had issues before with customers who hadn’t realised their addresses were not updated on PayPal. If you have any questions you can contact me via email plantseer@icloud.com

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Earth Pathways are a nonprofit cooperative organisation and they have a Seed Fund, which they use to support ethical small business start ups, so when you buy a diary, you are supporting the contributing artists, writers, ethical small businesses, and environmentally conscious initiatives, such as tree planting, as well the continuation of the diary itself.

I also have a few copies of my own poetry booklet ‘Outspoken Words’ for sale, at £2.50 each plus £1.30 postage & packing. As the title suggests, this is quite a fiery, sometimes fierce, outspoken selection of the poems I perform at spoken word events. If you want to purchase a poetry booklet along with your diary order, I can include them in the same parcel at just the diary postage rate. Please state in the PayPal message which items you are ordering.

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Truth to Power

Well here’s a sneak peak of something I’ve had under wraps for a while. At the end of June I was a participant in Truth to Power Cafe by Jeremy Goldstein, Jen Heyes and Sarah Hickson of London Artists Project, performing at Hebden Bridge Trades Club (that’s one off my bucket list 🤩)
We were asked to answer the question, ‘Who has power over you and what do you want to say to them?’

Well, in response to that, I wrote Testimony, my longest poem so far. Here is a short extract:

My name is Janey Colbourne, I am poet and seer.
I am here in defence of the disenfranchised.
I speak to those who hold economic power over us,
over people and planet—the profiteering class,

the kings of crass materialism, whose god is wealth,
whose creed is acquisition without limit,
greed above all else, regardless of the consequence.
I say to you, we see you and the game is up.

You shall no longer silence us with weasel words,
as poets and prophets we stand and we are heard,
among the spinners and weavers of a new world.
Not a world red in tooth and claw, survival of the fittest,

but a story built on thriving in symbiosis,
spreading through the web of life, the birth of an alliance.
Evolution is imperative, for balance restoration.
The earth demands you pay your dues,

If you would like to hear me passionately throwing myself into the entire poem, get yourself to Vinyl Tap, Preston this Sunday 14th June 7.30 pm for ‘Truth to Power’ poetry/rap night (coincidentally and serendipitously of almost the same name, but not the same event), where myself and Phil McNulty will be supporting the talented Richy Integer.
Facebook event page Truth to Power with Richy Integer

Speaking truth to power is definitely my thing!

If you are feeling the urge to do the same, the Truth to Power Cafe is on tour around the north of the UK at the moment, and anyone can apply to participate. You don’t need to be an experienced performer. London Artists Project are a very nurturing group who support the participants and make everyone feel safe to express themselves. Have a look at their website for details.
https://www.truthtopower.co.uk/takingpart-dates

©️Janey Colbourne 2019

NB Just to clarify, Truth to Power Cafe has a different variety of participants at each venue, which gives lots of people the opportunity, so you can apply to take part at the venue nearest you. Participants don’t go on tour, although you can apply to participate more than once if you wish.

A Saucy Verse

A Saucy Verse. (This is the cream. It’s quite cheesy. Possibly it takes the biscuit.)

Cover my sins in gravy.
Savour slowly naughty thoughts,
smothered freely in hot sauce.
Condiment my indiscretions.
Just desserts, don’t even mention,
possibly involving toffee.
It’s getting late, after eight.
Are you coming in for coffee?

©️Janey Colbourne 2019

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‘I don’t know how to teach writing. This is the best I can do.’

I don’t know how to teach writing. This is the best I can do.

I don’t know how to teach writing.
Read a thousand books,
watch the news, engage your rage, 
listen to those spoken word poets that blow your mind,
break open the armour of fear, 
remember you once knew play was meaningful.
It is worth your time.
And you are worthy to take that time.
Then, pick up your pen.

Your first attempts will be shit, possibly,
or you may suddenly release your genius from the lamp,
but as long as those words are on fire, don’t stop,
they will carry you,
Until your mind becomes a gushing torrent,
a glacier melt,
roaring and relentless.

You will learn to read your own spider scrawl,
as your pen cannot dance fast enough
to the booming of your brain.
Wherever you go, all you want to do is write,
walking down the street, on the train,
as you stagger home at night,
reciting in your head,
must not forget this thread.

From all the moments touching souls,
every shade of feeling flows.
No pain can take your power,
only feed it as
you cast into your crucible
to be transformed, 
each glance, each word, each churning hurt.
And resolution comes,
as in the telling you rewrite the meaning of our lives,
rewrite the future,
weaving hope in bleeding ink,
to blaze a trail across the hearts of all who look
for solace, and for words that say,
I see you, and yes
  I feel it too.

©️Janey Colbourne 2018

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