Biography

Jane first came to Wales in 1995, as a seasonal assistant for the Youth Hostel Association in Snowdonia, walking in the mountains and writing in her spare time. She now lives and works on the west coast in Aberystwyth, as a nature writer and freelance editor, with over fifteen years’ experience in publishing.

With a BA degree in Classics from Oxford University and an MA in International Human Rights from the University of Essex, she went on to work as the publicity officer at Schumacher College, an international centre for ecological studies, based in Devon. Named after E.F. Schmumacher, the College’s holistic philosophy and practice are strong influences on Jane’s writing about the Welsh landscape and the natural environment closest to her home.

Her essays, contributions to travel journals and book reviews have appeared in numerous publications including  Resurgence & Ecologist, New Welsh Reader, LandLines, BBC History and Countryfile, The Great Outdoors, LandScape and The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain.

As an editor, she welcomes enquiries from both new and established authors, particularly with a strong interest in writing on nature, food and travel. As well as offering her skills and experience to individual authors, she has developed successful creative partnerships with publishers over a number of years, copy-editing and proofreading both non-fiction and fiction. Please read more about her editorial services and clients, and contact Jane by email for further information.

EDITORIAL SERVICES

Jane’s portfolio focuses primarily on literary non-fiction with special interests in nature, social, economic and cultural history, slow travel and local, seasonal food. She offers a range of editorial services from standard proofreading to copy-editing and substantial editing, as well as project management and assessments of unpublished manuscripts.

Editorial rates: £21 – £30 per hour.
Full quotes are offered based on a sample of text (average 1000 words) provided by clients prior to any work commenced.

CLIENTS

Clients include: Resurgence & Ecologist magazine, The Welsh Books Council/Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru, Literature Wales/LLenyddiaeth Cymru, Little Toller Books, Wild Things Publishing, Y Lolfa, Honno, Carreg Gwalch and Duncan Gough (travel writer).  Jane was also the editor of In Her Element, an anthology of women’s writing on the Welsh landscape (Honno, 2008) launched at the Hay Festival and serialised on BBC Radio 4.

WRITING

Selected essays and articles

  • ‘A Thousand Opening Doors’, Resurgence & Ecologist, 319 (March/April 2020)
  • ‘Borscht without Tears’, New Welsh Reader, 34 (October 2019)
  • ‘Land Ho!’, New Welsh Reader, 32 (July 2019)
  • ‘Chips and Cherry Blossom’, New Welsh Reader, 31 (April 2019)
  • ‘Seeds of Hope’, LandLines (March 2019), View Online
  • ‘Wild Greens’, Review 29, New Welsh Reader (February 2019)
  • ‘The Buddha and the Pear’, New Welsh Reader, 118 (Winter 2018)
  • ‘The Eider Duck’s Mating Call’, New Welsh Reader, 117 (Summer 2018),  6-12
  • ‘Llandeilo: Valley of Hidden Treasures’, LandScape, 47 (May 2018), 92-10
  • ‘Walking Back to Happiness’, Resurgence & Ecologist, 295 (May/June 2016), 26-28
  • ‘Walking up a Thirst: the Mawddach Estuary’, BEER (quarterly magazine of CAMRA – Campaign for Real Ale), 28 (Summer 2015), 22-29
  • ‘Patience: Learning to walk again’, New Welsh Review, 105 (Autumn 2014), 51-54
  • ‘A Meditation on Mountains: A celebration of Nan Shepherd’s The Living Mountain’, Resurgence & Ecologist, 277 (March/April 2013), 58-9, View Online
  • ‘Persistence: A response to William Condry’s Welsh Country Diary’, New Welsh Review, 97 (Autumn 2012), 30-37
  • ‘Yes and No: on grief and belongings’, New Welsh Review, 94 (Winter 2011), 45-50
  • Contributor to The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain (Wales section),  (2010)
  • ‘The Illogical Religion of Economics: On E.F. Schumacher’s On The Edge of the Forest’, Resurgence & Ecologist, web exclusive, 257 (Nov/Dec 2009)
  • Darkness, Light and La douceur de vivre: Nature and spirituality in the writings of Eiluned Lewis’, New Welsh Review, 83 (Spring 2009), 17-24
  • ‘River of Wisdom: Afon Doethie and the Elenydd Wilderness Trust’, The Great Outdoors, (Feb 2009)
  • ‘A Sense of Place: Flight Paths on Skomer’, Resurgence & Ecologist, 252  (Jan/Feb 2009)
  • ‘Dinas Brân: Llangollen’, On This Mountain: Essays on Ten Welsh Mountains, Gomer (2008), 54-63
  • In Her Element: Women and the Landscape – An Anthology, editor with introductory essay, Honno (2008), Available from Honno
  • ‘Walks with History’, Footsteps, BBC History magazine. Regular monthly contributor on walks throughout Wales (2004 – 2008)

Selected book reviews