Jane Rogers is a novelist, dramatist and writer of short stories. Her ten novels include Her Living Image (Somerset Maugham award), Promised Lands (set in Australia in 1788 and winner of the Writers’ Guild best novel award), Island and The Testament of Jessie Lamb (ManBooker longlisted, Arthur C. Clarke award, 2012). As a novelist the themes she often returns to are the parent–child relationship, women’s lives, idealism and its fallout, and the power of stories. In 1994 she was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Jane has written drama for radio and TV, including an award-winning adaptation of her own novel Mr Wroe’s Virgins for BBC2. Her radio work includes original drama, adaptations of her own novels and stories, and Classic Serial adaptations of writers she loves, among them Edith Wharton, John Wyndham, and Robert Louis Stevenson.
Jane has taught creative writing in schools, Arvon courses, Paris Sorbonne IV, the University of Adelaide, and Tororo in Uganda, where she ran a radio-writing course to set up a soap opera for the charity Mifumi. She is Professor Emerita at Sheffield Hallam University, and has run an RLF Reading Round scheme in Banbury where she now lives. Her most recent teaching has been Short Story courses for Faber Academy.
Jane’s latest novel is a dystopia, Body Tourists, pub. Sphere November 2019.