BIO

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Jane Labous is an award-winning author and journalist writing the human stories of our time, most often out of West Africa.

 

Jane attended an Essex comprehensive before reading English & French at Jesus College, Oxford, and has since gained a reputation for powerful writing and storytelling. Her credits include everyone from the BBC and regular slots on Radio 4’s From Our Own Correspondent, to The Independent, Voice of America, the UN, and many more besides. 

 

As a freelance journalist, Jane has spent nearly two decades working and living between Dakar, Senegal, and Poole, Dorset, while developing her creative art as a writer, filmmaker and novelist. She's collaborated with women and young people all over West Africa to tell their stories via features, film and radio, and has deep family connections in Ngor, Dakar.

 

Jane's indie documentary project, Angels, filmed in Dakar, toured the international festival circuit, and won Best Documentary at Southampton Film Festival. The story of two Senegalese women's heartbreaking fight to have a baby against the odds has played a role in breaking down stigma about infertility in Senegal. 

Jane now works for a global aid agency providing humanitarian and educational support to children in the Global South and conflict zones. She works alongside colleagues in West Africa to tell the human stories of our time, giving voice to the voiceless, while empowering women and young people to tell their own stories. 

Jane also writes fiction. Her debut novel, The Chameleon Girl, is published in Nigeria by Lagos-based publisher, Farafina Books, and available on Amazon. 

 

Jane's latest novel, as yet unpublished, was longlisted for the Bath Novel Prize 2022. Her second novel, She Shines Like A Diamond, is currently longlisted for The Santa Fe Writers' Project Literary Award. Jane is seeking an agent. 

Training

Hostile Environments & Emergency First Aid  


International Location Safety

Child Protection In Emergencies


Plan International

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Hostile Environments & Emergency First Aid  


Centurion

MA Hons in English and Modern Languages (French)


Jesus College, University of Oxford

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Awards

Santa Fe Writers' Project Literary Award, Longlisted


2022

Bath Novel Prize, Longlisted


2022

Fiction Factory First Chapter Competition, Longlisted


2021

“Merck More than a Mother” ‘Media Recognition & Film Award winner 2019, in ‘Film Category’ for French-Speaking African Countries, for Angels

2020

European Journalism Centre Development Reporting Grant of E19,000


2018

BBC Radio 4 & Royal Geographical Society Documentary 'Journey of a Lifetime' Award


2011

Cinderellas documentary long-listed for One World Media Award


2016 

Guardian Development Journalism Prize Winner


2009

St Lucia Travel Awards, Travel Writer of The Year


2007

You Are Not Alone (2019) toured the film festival circuit between 2019 and 2021


2019 - 2021

BEST DOCUMENTARY - Southampton Film Week
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Worldwide Womens Fi
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Southampton Film We
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Evolution Mallorca
SEMI-FINALIST - Dumbo Film Festival - 20
OFFICIALSELECTION-Saint-PetersburgIntern
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Mediterranean Film
OFFICIAL SELECTION - West African Film F

Member of The Society of Authors


2022

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