About

Jane Fraser is an award-winning writer of short story, historical fiction, memoir and haibun.

She lives and works in Llangennith, a small village at the north-western edge of the Gower Peninsula, south Wales, in a house facing the sea which bears the full brunt of the south-westerly wind.

Her writing is infused with the tone of this prevailing wind, so much so, that as an homage, she has titled her first collection of short stories, The South Westerlies.

Jane Fraser’s stories reflect place not as a cosmetic backdrop, but an affecting agent in the lives of her fictional characters and the actions they take in story. For her stories are the coming together of ‘psyche’ and ‘geography’ and psychogeographic methodology is central to their making as is walking a way into their writing.

Jane Fraser was awarded a PhD in Creative Writing from Swansea University in 2017. She also holds a B.Ed as a first degree and an MA (distinction) in Creative Writing.

 
The South Westerlies illustrate a landscape depicted with great specificity and detail, interfusing an exploration of place with the lives and perceptions of the characters who inhabit it… The stories display a sure grasp of the short story form and the techniques and processes of prose fiction… The collection is an original and valuable contribution to the literature of Gower and Wales.
— Tristan Hughes, Novelist, Short Story Writer and Academic

Her writing has figured consistently in many prestigious international writing competitions such as The Manchester Fiction Prize, The Fish Prize, The Rhys Davies Short Story Competition, and The Australian Book Review (ABR) Elizabeth Jolley Prize. She is a winner of both The British Haiku Society Prize and The Genjuan International Prize for haibun.

She has had numerous stories, memoirs, haibun, reviews and essays published in anthologies and literary magazines including New Welsh Review and Swansea Review. She also delivers academic papers, last year presenting Real Gower – a conversation between texts at Harvard University, Cambridge MA, and this year, presenting From Psychogeography to Fiction at Imperial College, London as part of the Great Writing International Conference on Creative Writing.

Jane Fraser is currently aiming to publish The South Westerlies as a single-authored collection, and also exploring opportunities and collaborations to take some of her stories to script and screen.

 
The South Westerlies is obviously the work of a serious, committed and thoughtful writer, open to both inner and outer realms, the quivering sensitivities of the self, and the tactile, textured world outside, a kind of aesthetic elision between character and place.
— Alan Bilton, Novelist, Short Story Writer, American Film & Fiction Critic and Academic

When she is not writing, Jane Fraser is Co-Director of NB:Design a brand and digital agency along with her husband Philip Griffiths, a designer and photographer whose images tell powerful stories. When she is not working or writing, she tries to be a good grandmother to Megan (8), Florence (6), and Alice (3). 

 
 

 

AWARDS

Fish Publishing Prize
2016 runner-up in short memoir category, This is the Boat that Dad Built
2012-2016 short-listed for a further 4 entries in short memoir competition
2015 short-listed in flash fiction category
2013-2016 long-listed for 3 short memoirs, 3 poems, 2 short stories and 2 flash fiction entries

Manchester Fiction Prize
2011-2016 long-listed for 7 short stories

The Australian Book Review (ABR) Elizabeth Jolley Prize
2015 long-listed (short story),
The Gower Explorer

The Rhys Davies Short Story Competition
2014 runner-up,
After a Certain Age You Can Either Have Good Shoes or Good Feet

Writers & Artists (Bloomsbury) Competitions
2017 short-listed (short story),
Chasing the Shadow
2014 short-listed (historical fiction),
Advent

Longworth Editors’ Competition
2013 short-listed (short story),
Pain’s Cross

Momaya Press Short Story Competition
2013 honourable mention,
Semibreves

The South Wales Short Story Competition
2012 runner-up,
A Passing Front

The International Short Story Competition
2013 runner-up,
Souvenir

Allen Raine Short Story Competition
2012-2014 short-listed for 5 short stories

British Haiku Society (BHS)
2013 winner of BHS Haibun Prize, Urodynamics

Genjuan International Haibun Competition
2013 Grand Prix winner,
Towards Burry Holms

 

PUBLICATIONS

Fish Publishing
2016 This is the Boat that Dad Built (runner-up in Short Memoir Competition) in Fish Anthology

Accent Press
2015 After a Certain Age you can either have Good Shoes or Good Feet (runner-up) in Catch of The Day and Other Stories from the Rhys Davies Short Story Competition 2014

 Candy Jar Press
2013 A Passing Front (runner-up in South Wales Short Story Competition) in The Countess and the Mole Man

Momaya Press
2013 Semibreves (honourable mention in Momaya Press Short Story Competition) in Music – an anthology of winning stories

 New Welsh Review
2016 article Latitude 51 degrees north Longitude 4 degrees west
2014 review The North End of the Possible by Andrew Philip
2014 review Bog Cotton by Ken Jones
2014 joint-review The Story of Gilgamesh by Yiyun Li and Taking Mesopotamia by Jenny Lewis

Swansea Review
2014 It is What it is (short story)
2013 A Passing Front (short story)
2012 Outback in the Outback (travel writing)

Blithe Spirit (1/4ly journal of the British Haiku Society (BHS)
2014 Vol. 23 No. 3 joint-review of Marching with Tulips and What Happens in Haibun by David Cobb
2014 Vol. 24 No. 2 judge's report on British Haiku Society (BHS) Haibun Competition 2014
2014 Vol. 24 No. 3 A White Owl (haibun)
2013 Vol. 23 No. 2 Urodynamics winning haibun British Haiku Society (BHS) Haibun Competition 2013

H’mm Foundation
2014 Nigel Jenkins – A Gower Man (essay) in Encounters with Nigel (Ed. Jon Gower)

Hailstone Haiku Circle
2015 Genjuan Haibun Contest Decorated Works 2012-2014
Towards Burry Holms (Grand Prix winner 2013)

Contemporary Haibun Online
2013 Seren y Sioe/Star of the Show; The Journey begin; The Journey Ends
2012 Chasing Cars

PAPERS

 2017 (1-2 July)
From Psychogeography to Fiction, Great Writing International Creative Writing Conference, Imperial College, London

2017 (22 February)
Walking My Way into Writing, PhD Methodology Workshop, Swansea University

2016 (20-22 July)
Real Gower – a conversation between texts, North American Association for the Study of Welsh Culture and History, Biennial Conference, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA