Writer in Residence
Jane worked with students, meeting in inspirational spaces for creative writing workshops.
The workshops were re-created virtually to enable access for students unable to attend the workshops in person.
University of Gloucestershire Illustration undergraduates responded to the students’ brief to create the art work for the front cover, and Photography students took photographs inspired by the students’ writing.
“Its helped my confidence a lot. I’ve loved doing all the writing. I get to have my own voice. Working with Jane, the writer, has been absolutely phenomenal, she’s very inspirational. Having yourself read it rather than someone else is great to do it. Once you have done it you can think back on it as such an achievement.”
“I can’t put into words how proud I am of my daughter. The pieces she read, they are just so deep, so inspirational. This project has been life-changing for Hannah. And I feel that I have my daughter back.”
Jane has been a part of First Story – Cheltenham Festivals programme working alongside students for a year to increase confidence, ambition, imagination and literacy skills.
Jane worked with students at… All Saints’ Academy and Pittville School (Cheltenham), Gloucester Academy, Barnwood Park Arts College, Millbrook Academy and Severn Vale School (Gloucester).
Jane was chair of Cheltenham Literature Festival’s BIG READ for ten years. The below video is about Far From the Madding Crowd.