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Jane Labous

About Jane

Jane Labous is the author of two novels, Past Participle (Afsana Press, 2023) and The Chameleon Girl (Farafina Books, 2022). Her latest novel, Oh, Sugar, will be published by Afsana Press on 28th September 2024. 

Jane is also an award-winning journalist known for her frontline coverage of human rights, humanitarian and gender issues, always telling the powerful human stories behind the social and political headlines, with credits ranging from the BBC — including regular slots on BBC Radio 4's From Our Own Correspondent — to the UN.

Jane’s awards include the BBC Radio 4 and Royal Geographical Society Journey of a Lifetime Award, the Merck More than a Mother Media Recognition & Film Award for Francophone African Countries, a European Journalism Centre Development Reporting Grant, and Best Documentary at the Southampton Film Festival, for her documentary project, Angels.

 

Her fiction has been longlisted for the Bath Novel Prize and the Santa Fé Writers’ Project Literary Award.

Jane lives with her daughter, who is British Senegalese, in Dorset, UK.

Publications & Prizes: 

Past Participle (Afsana Press 2023)

The Chameleon Girl (Farafina Books, 2022)
The Bath Novel Prize 2022, Longlisted
The Santa Fé Writers Project Literary Award 2022, Longlisted
Fiction Factory First Chapter Award 2021, Longlisted
BBC Radio 4 and Royal Geographical Society Journey of a Lifetime Award, Award Winner (for The Sand Diggers of Mali)

Southampton Film Festival, Best Documentary (for You Are Not Alone)
Amnesty Media Awards, Shortlisted (for The Lost Children of Burkina Faso)

Merck More Than A Mother Media Recognition & Film Award for Francophone Africa, Award Winner (for You Are Not Alone & Angels)
One World Media Award, Longlisted (for Cinderellas)
European Journalism Centre Development Reporting Grant, Award Winner (for Angels)
Guardian Development Journalism Prize, Award Winner

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