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Literary Festivals, Talks, Readings and Meet-the-Author events
Jane is an experienced public speaker and since the publication of The Devil’s Music, she has been invited to appear at Literary Festivals in Norfolk, Sheffield, Cambridge, Bridport, Chichester, Hampstead and Highgate, Guildford, Chorleywood, Petworth and Arundel to give readings or to talk about writing and the process of getting published.
Jane has given talks in libraries, schools, universities, art centres and, once, in a ballroom. She has travelled to Bloomsbury Readers’ Days and Meet-the-Author events around the country, appearing alongside Barbara Trapido, Louise Levine, Marika Cobbold, Jack Sheffield, and Anne Zouroudi, amongst others. With fellow Chichester Book Club authors Gabrielle Kimm and Isabel Ashdown, Jane also participates in Meet-the-Author events to help raise funds for local schools and charities. Please get in touch if you are interested in hosting an event.
Jane qualified as a teacher in the 80s and is a highly experienced educator. She has worked with a variety of age groups, from preschool to postgraduate. She was Associate Lecturer in English at the Univeristy of Chichester for twelve years, teaching at BA and MA levels. She has run workshops nationwide at literary festivals in Bridport, Cambridge and Hampstead and Highgate, as well as being invited to run guest workshops at the Bloomsbury Institute (in association with Psychologies Magazine), and at London Writing Workshops.
‘I came away afterwards brimming with thoughts to share and with fresh inspiration for writing. You communicated your love of writing with everything you said, giving us much to think about, so that the afternoon passed far too quickly whilst also being a delight’ Bridport Workshop
‘Your seminar was so interesting and I envy your students in Sussex.’
‘I found the workshop inspiring and I have some new found energy and commitment, so thank you for providing the course as a means to tap into that, which I am sure rubbed off for all course members.’
‘Back by popular demand, Jane Rusbridge …’ Ham and High Litfest, London Jewish Cultural Centre
University, College and School Visits
Autumn 2012: University of Chichester. ‘In conversation’ about ROOK with the short story writer K.J. Orr
Autumn 2011: Chichester High School for Girls. Three Sussex Writers Meet the Authors fundraiser event
November 2010: Croydon High School for Girls. Jane spent the day giving individual tutorials and working with groups of sixth formers, as well speaking to a group Gifted and Talented GCSE students. During the lunch hour, she signed and sold over 30 copies of The Devil’s Music to staff and pupils. Jane was a pupil at Croydon High School during the 70s.
Autumn 2009: University of Sussex. A talk on the creative process behind The Devil’s Music