Jane Rogers is a novelist, dramatist and writer of short stories. Her eight 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 (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 and John Wyndham. A cherished ambition is to dramatise The Brothers Karamazov for television.
Having originally trained as an English teacher, Jane has taught creative writing in a range of settings including 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 of writing at Sheffield Hallam University, where she teaches part-time on the MA in writing. She is working on a new novel, and is increasingly interested in ways of introducing non-readers to the joys of books.