Jane Downing - Author

The Women at the Banya by Jane Downing

Jane Downing has been writing for many years with short stories published in journals around Australia and overseas, including in Southerly, Westerly, Overland, The Big Issue, Griffith Review, UTS Anthology, Australian Short Stories, Antipodes (US), Headland (NZ), Kunapipi (Denmark), Paris Transcontinental (France) and Silverfish (Malaysia). In 2016 she was one of two Australians shortlisted, out of nearly 4000 entries from 47 countries, for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. She also has poems published including in Cordite, Rabbit, Poetrix, the Canberra Times and Best Australian Poems 2004 and 2015.

A collection of her short stories, Searching for the Volcano (fourW press), was released in 1999 and her two novels – The Trickster (2003) and The Lost Tribe (2005) – were published by Pandanus Books at the Australian National University. Her next novel Yack was Commended in the Jim Hamilton Unpublished Manuscript Award, as part of the Federation of Australian Writers National Literary Awards, 2016.

She has a Doctor of Creative Arts degree from the University of Technology, Sydney.

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