Jane Skelton - Author PhotoJane Skelton has published short fiction and poetry in various literary journals and anthologies over the past 20 years.

These include Hecate: A Women’s Interdisciplinary Journal, Island Magazine, Australian Short Stories, Overland, Overland Express (internet journal), Going Down Swinging, Hobo, Hidden Hands, Idiom, Telling Ways: Australian Women’s Experimental Writing, Falling Angels: a chapbook, and Things that are found in trees and other stories.

Her novel earth eaters was a winner in the 2010 LitLink Unpublished Manuscript awards. In 2006 she was the recipient of a Literature Board (Australia Council) grant which had assisted her in completing ‘earth eaters’. She is currently completing another novel, 1983. She has a doctorate in Creative Arts (University of Western Sydney).

Jane works in the non-government community sector, and is also a casual academic at the University of Western Sydney. She lives in the Blue Mountains, NSW.

“My stay at the Varuna Writers’ Centre in 2010 is etched in my memory. It was August, and there was an ever-present wind which made the house sing and the trees dance. Snow flurried out of the sky. It was a place of great energy, which I found I could transfer to my writing. My writing is greatly influenced by the natural world and has a strong sense of place. The land is a character, haunted by unresolved emotions.”

Jane Skelton

Read the Spineless Wonders Interview with Jane Skelton

Photo by Sarah Delaney
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts finding and advisory body