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Jane Rogoyska

Non-fiction writer
Courtauld Institute of Art

Jane Rogoyska is a non-fiction writer whose work explores themes of conflict, exile, identity, memory and politics. She has a particular interest in the turbulent period between the 1930s and the beginning of the Cold War in Europe.
Jane studied Modern Languages at Cambridge University and film direction at the NSFTV in Leeds and the Polish National Film School in Łódź, working extensively as a filmmaker before deciding to focus on her own research. She has written three full-length books and collaborated on a series of connected projects in radio, film, theatre and photography. Her most recent book, Surviving Katyń: Stalin’s Polish Massacre and the Search for Truth won the 2022 Mark Lynton History Prize, received second prize at the Pilecki International Book Awards and was longlisted for the Ondaatje Prize 2022. Her research into the Katyń Massacre led to her first novel, Kozłowski, longlisted for the 2020 Desmond Elliott Prize. Her first book, the critically-acclaimed Gerda Taro: Inventing Robert Capa, charts the life of the first female photojournalist to be killed on the front line of battle during the Spanish Civil War.
Jane regularly teaches writing, screenwriting and filmmaking to students at all levels.

Jane Rogoyska


Courtauld Institute of Art 2023/24
School of Advanced Study, University of London 2016/17
Royal College of Music 2015/16
University of Greenwich 2013/14
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