Jane Aspinall grew up in Liverpool and following a legal career now works as a university senior lecturer in law and management. She loves poetry, running and the sea.
Jane was a first stage winner in the 2009/10 Poetry Business Competition, a featured poet at The Inaugural Women’s Literature Festival hosted by Carol Ann Duffy in April 2010, and won second prize in the 2010 Academi Cardiff International Poetry Competition.
Her poem Tambourine came second at the Academi Cardiff International Poetry Competition in 2010. Her poem Livingstone was also shortlisted in the Bridport Competition in 2011, judged by Carol Ann Duffy.
Jane has been reading as part of 'The Quiet Compare' - a recent Arts Council funded poetry tour.
'Bravely-written poems which, as they cover their wide range of subjects, manage to pull off the difficult trick of sounding at once valiant and vulnerable.' — Andrew Motion
Just as autumn gave way to winter
As the leaves fell open and lifted
Like momentary magic carpets,
Along the lines of hedges and verges
Past closed gates and badly fenced fields
Over pavements and cinder paths we ran
Weightless, the pea in the whistle,
Under sky and street lights and always
The night air hovered like a promise
And left its metal on our lips.
We ran though nobody came or went
And the trees and the night birds made no comment
And the only sound was our feet in the road
That seemed to make the earth move.
Indoors people ate, checked their mail
flicked channels, made love or slept
And all the while you were with me
Counting out rhythm on the hills.