Jane Taylor has worked as a journalist and has taught news writing and the history of journalism at a number of universities in and around London, Surrey and Hertfordshire. An avid reader, she is particularly interested in the uneasy relationship between fiction and the reporting of ‘reality’. Gaining a doctorate in creative and critical writing from the University of East Anglia allowed her to explore themes of loss, memory and the blurring of genre boundaries, all of which she intends to pursue further as she develops her own fiction.
Her ideas are fuelled by travel, walking, her academic work, and a broad experience of people gained through all sorts of casual jobs such as waitressing, volunteering at a homeless shelter and hosting retreats.
She was runner-up in the Long Barn Books competition (author Susan Hill’s publishing company) for first time writers in 2006 and has published a short story in ‘Pretext’, the literary magazine.