Jane Aspinall grew up in Liverpool and following a legal career now works as a university senior lecturer in law and management. Her poems have attracted attention and a loyal following over the years. Her poetry manages to “pull off the difficult trick of sounding at once valiant and vulnerable” Andrew Motion, FRSL.
She was a first stage winner in the 2009/10 Poetry Business Competition. Her pamphlet American Shadow is published by Smith/Doorstop Books.
Her poem Tambourine ( you can read it here on the "read my poems" page) won second prize at the prestigious Academi Cardiff International Poetry Competition and Jackie Kay and Zoe Skoulding said her poem "gracefully explores the spaces in language, the silences of what escapes communication. It’s a poem about not speaking, what can’t be said, and yet it says it"
In 2011 Jane worked on a series of poems about Africa. One of those poems "Livingstone" made the long list in the Bridport Competition judged by Carol Ann Duffy, the rest are still being revised and edited for publication.
In 2012 Jane joined the LJMU screen school cohort studying for an MA in Screenwriting. The study of narrative structure and practice in using the visual image as language in film, has informed her recent poetry.