Jane Draycott is a poet whose collections from Carcanet Press include Prince Rupert’s Drop, The Night Tree and most recently Over, nominated for the 2009 T.S. Eliot prize. Her poetry has been shortlisted three times for the Forward prize, including work from her collaboration with artist Peter Hay, Tideway (Two Rivers Press), about the working lives of the London watermen. Her 2011 translation of the medieval elegy Pearl was a Times Stephen Spender prize-winner.
Jane Draycott’s interest in dream narrative and elegy has led to developing associations with mental health-care professionals, including writer-psychoanalysts Adam Phillips and Caroline Garland, via the British Psychoanalytical Society, the NHS Tavistock Centre and the Freud Museum, London. Other collaborations have included Christina the Astonishing, a meditation with Lesley Saunders on the life of the medieval saint reputed to have flown like a bird from her own coffin, and three projects with the British Film Institute: Essentially British (2008), Psychopoetica (2011) and Poets for Pasolini (2013). Her sound-montages with poet Elizabeth James for BBC Radio 3 (Sea Green I) and LBC (Rock Music, recorded at the Wallace Collection and on a rock face in the Wye valley) have won BBC Radio 3 and London Sound-Art awards.
A trained teacher with many years’ experience working with international students, Jane developed the trAce /British Council Transcripts project (S. Asia) and was a mentor on the Crossing Borders project (Africa) with the British Council/Lancaster University. She is currently translating the early poems of the artist-poet Henri Michaux.