Jane Rogers

Jane Rogers

Jane Rogers has written 8 novels including Mr Wroe's Virgins (which she dramatised as an award-winning BBC drama serial), Her Living Image (Somerset Maugham Award), Island, and Promised Lands (Writers Guild Best Fiction Award). Her most recent novel The Testament of Jessie Lamb was longlisted for the 2011 Man Booker prize, and won the Arthur C Clarke Award 2012.

Her short story collection, Hitting Trees with Sticks was shortlisted for the 2013 Edgehill Award.

She also writes radio drama and adaptations. She is Professor of Writing at Sheffield Hallam University and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. www.janerogers.org


Jane Rogers in 60 seconds

When did you start writing?

As a child - I've been writing stories for as long as I can remember.

What do you love about short stories?

Their shortness. The way a piece of prose which can be devoured at a sitting, can transport me into another world, and can continue to resonate for hours, days and weeks afterwards.

Do you write in other forms?

Novels, radio drama, radio adaptations.

What distracts you from writing?

Many things: emails, family, teaching, gardening, feeling a sudden compulsion to clean the kitchen floor.

Outside of writing, what are your other passions?

Walking, reading.

What is your favourite book?

'Bloodchild' by Octavia Butler; Chekov short stories.

Who are your favourite writers?

Dostoevsky, Alice Munro and Kazuo Ishiguro.

Where is your dream location?

Different places at different times, but right now, the Cevennes in summer.

What one item would you put into Room 101?

Mobile phones on trains.

Do you have any advice for new writers?

Read. The more you read, the more skills you will absorb.

Work by Jane Rogers:

The Corn
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A Midwestern farmer comes to terms with his daughter's weight problem.
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A grandmother ponders the way her grand-daughter is learning to assess the world. This story owes a debt to Tove Jansson.
The DNA of Bats
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The closeness between her brilliant, beautiful mother and her talented, intelligent daughter re-enforces a woman's sense of her own inferiority. Add to this her lifelong horror of bats, and things go from bad to worse.

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