Jane Rogoyska

Non-fiction writer
School of Advanced Study, University of London

Jane Rogoyska is a writer and film-maker. After graduating from Cambridge University, she studied film direction at the Northern Film School in Leeds and the Polish National Film School in Łódź. She went on to make a series of award-winning short films and worked extensively as director and writer of commercials, branding and event films before deciding, in 2010, to focus on her writing. She now writes both screenplays and books, with a particular interest in the turbulent period from the 1930s to the immediate post-war period and the Cold War in Europe. She has two feature screenplays currently in development, Taro (based on the story of Gerda Taro & Robert Capa) and Hands of Power (about the relationship between Heinrich Himmler and his personal doctor, Felix Kersten, during World War II), a commission for Galatée Films and Pathé France. Earlier screenplay work includes Ward Six (with Clive Bradley).

Her first full-length work of non-fiction Gerda Taro: inventing Robert Capa (Jonathan Cape, 2013) is the first English-language biography of the German photojournalist Gerda Taro. Killed at the age of 26 while reporting from the front line during the Spanish civil war, Taro’s brief but brilliant career was for many years overshadowed by that of her more famous partner Robert Capa. With the aid of a Wingate scholarship, Jane is now working on a book about Katyń, the massacre of over 14,000 Polish officers by the Soviet secret police during the Second World War.

Jane Rogoyska

Fellowships

School of Advanced Study, University of London 2016/17
Royal College of Music 2015/16
University of Greenwich 2013/14