Our speaker in March 2023 was award-winning fiction writer, Jane Fraser.
Jane lives, works and writes fiction in a house facing the sea in the village of Llangennith, in the Gower peninsula, south Wales.
In 2017 she was a finalist for the Manchester Fiction Prize and in 2018 was a prize-winner for the Fish Memoir Prize and selected as a Hay Festival Writer at Work.
Her first collection of short fiction, ‘The South Westerlies’ was published by UK indie, SALT, in 2019. In 2022, she was commissioned by BBC Radio 4 for the first time to write a short story which was broadcast as part of its Short Works series. In 2022, she was also awarded The Paul Torday Memorial Prize for her debut novel, ‘Advent’, published by Welsh women’s press, HONNO, in 2021.
She has a PhD in Creative Writing from Swansea University, is wife to Philip and co-director of NB:Design, a business they share, and importantly, grandmother to Megan, Florence and Alice. She is a firm believer that there’s a right time in life to do things, rather than a right age. She is delighted that SALT has reinvested in her for her second collection of short stories, ‘Connective Tissue’, published in October, 2022.
Jane Fraser has been widely published in anthologies and reviews including New Welsh Review, The Lonely Crowd, Fish Publishing, TSS and The London Magazine. She has also long and shortlisted in the Cambridge Short Story Prize, the ABR Elizabeth Jolley Prize, the Rhys Davies Short Story Competition and Retreat West Short Story Competition.
She is winner of both the British Haiku Society and Genjuan International Prize for haibun.