Poetry (and novels) to be read and poetry to be performed
is a performance poet and published poet based in mid
Wales. She writes in a wide range of styles, depending on
what mood she's in (or possibly on which of her multiple
personalities is in the ascendant), including structured
and free verse, serious and humorous, word pictures and
witticisms. She has had serious poems published in
various print and online magazines, including Orbis,
Iota, nthposition, Envoi, and Seam,
and also in the book Shropshire Butterflies (Fair
Acre Press). Her light verse has appeared in the
competition pages of The Oldie magazine and
The Spectator, in the webzine LightenUp
Online, and has even been published in the Radio
Times. Jane was a finalist in the 2011 John Tripp
Award for Spoken Poetry, organised by Literature Wales.
When she was 17 (gosh, that's a long time ago!) she had her first poems published, and attended her first poetry reading - although somebody else read her poem for her as she was a bit shy. However, it was not until 2007 that she started reading at open mic sessions and got bitten by the performance bug, and has gone on to perform at a range of venues in Powys and beyond. Finding that audiences generally want to be entertained, she often performs some fairly silly stuff, some of which you can see in the videos on this site. There's also some serious stuff here, just in case anyone is interested. And even some information (or excuses) about the poems.
So why this website? Well, Powys is the most sparsely-populated county in England and Wales, so there's a certain shortage of audiences (unless you don't mind getting baffled looks from sheep). So this is to let you know that Jane is available for bookings if she can get to you, and to give you a taste of what you're missing if she can't. Tell your friends! Feel free to comment on the poems. Enjoy!
For bookings, please email Jane at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leaf and Landscape: A selection of nature poems by Jane Dards, is available to purchase online (see bottom of centre section).
Upcoming events in 2019
Jane will be:
Working on her novels for the forseeable future.
Site and poems © Jane Dards