Jane Rusbridge is the author of two novels published by Bloomsbury, The Devil’s Music, nominated for the 2011 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and Rook, a Guardian Readers’ Book of the Year. She is a recipient of the Lord Wolfendon Prize and the Philip Lebrun Prize for Creative Writing, and her short stories have won or been listed in many competitions including the Bridport International Short Story Prize and the Fish Prize. Her essay on narrative voice appears in Writing a First Novel, a collection of essays by authors including Hanif Kureishi, David Vann, Lionel Shriver and Alison Macleod.
Originally a primary school teacher, Jane returned to university as a mature student to study English with Creative Writing. For twelve years she was an Associate Lecturer in English at the University of Chichester where she taught creative writing at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She has also run writing workshops at literary festivals throughout the country.