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Our runner-up for the flash fiction category, Jane Ireland, has produced a quirky story that demonstrates clever manipulation of language. Her deceptively innocent female protagonist will surprise readers with her devilish ways. A Most Literal Girl is a highly entertaining read.

''Niche' is a strong, elaborate work spanning intimate Australian portraits and vibrant historical sweeps. With its themes of post-war lives alongside the treatment of Indigenous people, betrayal, violence, redemption and reunion, the work courageously delves into complex terrain. There are powerful moments of writing and the potential for this audience is clear. The novel is ambitious and delivered with skill.'  


Lauren Elise Daniels, BA, MFA, Creative Writing, Editor

'Annie Proulx is one of literature's greats. This manuscript is written the way I imagine her first attempts at writing a novel were written.'


Joshua Brockbank, re 'Niche', B.A. Journalism. Literary editor and Manuscript Assessor


Having grown up in the whimsical worlds of Alice, Pooh, and Millie-Mollie-Mandy, Jane still seeks literary experiences that lift and nourish.  

Fascinated by human behaviour, she studied psychology, eventually achieving a postgraduate degree in teaching. Writing has now become her obsession. 


On 24 March 2020, Jane published her debut novel 'Emigree' - the first book in 'The Crying Tree Series'. 'Niche', the second and final novel in the duology, is published on 25 November 2022.


Her third novel is emerging as a psychological thriller, set in an idyllic Queensland coastal town. 

She is inspired by authors: Lee Kofman, Tim Winton, JP Pomare, Heather Rose, Robbie Arnott, Cass Moriarty, Mark Brandi, Peggy Frew, Donna Tartt, Dodie Smith, Neil Gaiman, Craig Silvey, Holly Ringland ...


                    Jane is a proud member of Queensland Writers                                Centre, and Writers Rendezvous in Dayboro.          


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