Hi there!

I’m a writer from Nottingham.

In 2011, my nana died, my first play sold out in Edinburgh and I split from my long-term partner. Life sort of changed. A few months later, I left my marketing job after eight years and moved to the Isle of Wight to work as a waitress for a while.

When the cafe closed for the winter, I started to write full time. At first I was writing marketing copy, but more recently I’ve been writing plays and learning about the world of theatre.

It’s a steep learning curve, and at the moment I’m gathering experiences and finding out how different processes work and what it really means to be a writer (apparently it ain’t just about spewing your inner turmoil onto a page). And amazingly, in May 2016 I was jointly awarded the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright, which has made everything a lot more real.

This website is where I post information on what I’m doing. So if you’re interested, have a look and get in touch.

Oh yeah, and last year I had a baby. Which has sort of floored me for a while. It’s crazy-beautiful, sweaty, sticky and really bloody tiring. And my pelvic floors aint what they used to be. But it’s teaching me all sorts of stuff. And I’m sure I’ll be back to writing soon.

That’s me below, by the way, dicking around with my old mate George. I’ve lost that ring. Shame. I loved it.








12 thoughts on “Hi there!

  1. Just catching up with what you’re doing. I knew/know your parents- your dad since he moved to Ravensdale Avenue when he was 11!

    Dorothy Upton, your grandma, I remember, was always ironing or making meals for Len and Robert. Always with a smile. And she still has.

    My daughter, Alice, went to see Bones at Edinburgh last year and really enjoyed educating her friends,who had never been up a twitchell!

    Shall contact The Guardian again about Bones. Now that Nottingham’s “mean streets” are on our screens in “Murder”, it’s obvious -the only way is Basford!

    With my best wishes

    Lyn Winstanley (formerly Arnold of no. 5 Ravensdale)

    • Ah, thanks for this Lyn. Sorry for the late reply. All I seem to get on here is spam so I don’t read the comments very often. Hope you’re all well and thanks for your support. I caught a bit of Murder but want to get it on catch up (probably missed it now). Best, Jane x

  2. Jane,
    I have only just heard about Bones. I am also from Nottingham (the former northern coalfields) and am an international crime fiction novelist who has a movie in production based on my character OSCAR PHELPS and who has been an expatriate for almost 20 years. I missed to a great extent the degeneration of my city. I missed the gunfire of Sneinton and St.Annes and the drugs and the prostitution and the filth and the racially motivated gang warfare. It seems you have encapsulated it within your opening production. Well done, though I am obviously sorry that the Nottingham and its people you depict have deteriorated so much. Such is life.
    Enjoy your time in the spotlight why you can and enjoy the Mr. Whippy. (How I envy you that.) It appears from afar that you have capitalised upon a great bit of social commentary and that it has hit home hard. People always like to look at themeselves, look at Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (Sillitoe) and Nottinghamshire people are a great source of material and we share most probably the worst accent on the planet. Still, I am not sorry that we do. Good luck with Bones and with future endeavours. I will get Oscar Phelps to friend Bones at Facebook. DBG

    • Hi David,

      Thanks for this and good to hear from you. Exciting to hear about your film. Hope all goes well.

      As for Bones, I never intended it to represent a whole city. Nottingham is still a beautiful place to live, rich with culture and a fantastic, supportive arts scene. Of course there are areas of deprivation and the city has hit the headlines a few times in recent years for the wrong reasons but it’s still a great city and a place I’m proud to call home.

      And I’m pretty proud of my accent too :)

      Best of luck and I will keep an eye out for Oscar Phelps.

      Thanks again

    • Thank you! Just checked out your website. Looks really interesting. And we are neighbours! I’m in the Isle of Wight at the moment. When will you be at Bones? I’m there Nov 2&3 so please come and say hi. Thanks again. Jane

    • Thank you! Checked out your website and all looks very interesting. And, we’re neighbours. I’m in the Isle of Wight at the moment. When are you planning to see Bones? I’ll be there Nov 2&3 so if you’re there, please say hi if you get chance. Thanks jane

      • Hi Jane
        I did note the geographic connection. Think maybe Nov 2nd. Tristan Bates is a great space. Considering it for my play The Squeaky Clean next year if none of the London fringe theatres the play has been issued to take it on. Best wishes Roger

  3. Hi Jane,
    Have something on today so I saw the play last night at Tristan Bates. Enjoyed the dynamism and intensity of the play and the acting of Joe Doherty was brilliant.
    The information hand out indicated that the play script was available to buy but the theatre dd not have any. How can I get hold of a copy please?

  4. Could you please “turn on” whatever it is in WordPress which would publish your blog posts by email? This is particularly useful for *cough, cough* intermittent bloggers. I like to read your stuff. Thanks

    • Thanks John. I’m not sure how to do it but know a couple of people who do get my posts by email so they must follow somehow. I’ll look into it.

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