BIO

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Jane attended an Essex comp before reading English & French at Jesus College, Oxford. Over nearly two decades she has gained a reputation for powerful writing and storytelling, focusing on the most compelling human stories,

 

As a freelance journalist, Jane spent many years living and reporting out of Dakar, Senegal, for the BBC, VOA, the UN and many more, while also developing her creative art as a writer. She has worked 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, 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, while empowering young people to tell their own. 

Jane also writes fiction. Her debut novel, The Chameleon Girl, is published in Nigeria by Farafina Books. Jane's second book is a thriller, She Shines Like a Diamond, and her third, an upmarket bookclub novel, Past Participle.  

 

Jane now lives in Dorset, UK, with her wonderful six year-old. Together they enjoy hikes, gardening and beach picnics, plus regular visits back to to sunny Ngor 😊.

Training

Hostile Environments & Emergency First Aid  


International Location Safety

photo credit: Doriana Re

Hostile Environments & Emergency First Aid  


Centurion

Child Protection In Emergencies


Plan International

MA Hons in English and Modern Languages (French)


Jesus College, University of Oxford

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Awards

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

2020

Fiction Factory First Chapter Competition, longlist


2021

European Journalism Centre Development Reporting Grant


E19,000, 2018

BBC Radio 4 & Royal Geographical Society Documentary Award


2011

Guardian Development Journalism Prize Winner


2009

St Lucia Travel Awards, Travel Writer of The Year


2007

Cinderellas long-listed for One World Media Award


2016 

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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