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Dr Jane Feaver

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing


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Jane Feaver is a novelist and short story writer. Her first novel, According to Ruth (Harvill Secker, 2007) was shortlisted for the Author's Club Best First Novel Award and the Dimplex Prize. Her latest novel is An Inventory of Heaven (Corsair, 2012). Love Me Tender (Harvill Secker, 2009), a collection of inter-linked stories was shortlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize.  She has published stories in Comma Press’s BioPunk: Stories from the far Side of Research (2013), The Manchester Review, the Kenyon Review OL, Riptide, and has just completed work on re-tellings of English Fairy Tales for OUP, The Well at the World’s End  (2016).  Jane is a regular tutor in fiction writing for the Arvon Foundation.  

Research interests

My research interests include the pastoral in its broadest sense in 20th-century and contemporary British and American literary fiction, poetry and film; Twentieth Century fiction; writing between the Wars; women writers - Sylvia Townesend Warner, Barbara Comyns, Muriel Spark, Elizabeth Taylor...;  writers in the West Country - Ted Hughes, William Trevor, Jean Rhys, Alice Oswald... Place, memory, voice, objects, metaphor, autofiction...

July - September 2016:  Literature Works/National Trust 'Writer in Residence',  A La Ronde, Exmouth

Research students

Tamara Sharpe, ‘The Importance of Elsewhere: place and memory in literary characterization’,

Sandra Marsland, ‘Crossing Borders: Senses of Place in Contemporary Bi-Cultural fiction’,

Christina Clover, ‘Magical Realism in Lesbian Fiction’


External impact and engagement

Trustee of Kneehigh Theatre Company 2018 - 

Writer in Residence, Literature Works/National Trust at A La Ronde, Exmouth July 2016 - September 2016

Literature Works/Arts Council England, Word On Tour, February - April, 2018

Dartington, Ways with Words Literary Festival, July, 2018

Hawthorndon Fellowship, January, 2017

Quay Words Literary Festival, Exeter, July 2019




Afternoon Play: The Ted Hughes Letters, BBC Radio 4, 29 October, 2007:

On Life and Picnics: A Taste of Heaven (short story), BBC Radio 3, 16 August, 2009:

The Verb, Radio 3, June 2012:

Thomas Hardy's Dorset, in Open Country, BBC Radio 4, August, 2015:


Jane Feaver obtained her first degree from Keble College, Oxford in 1986.  From 1989 to 2001 she was Assistant Poetry Editor at Faber and Faber.  In 2001 she moved to Devon to run the chairty, Farms for City Children.  She received her Doctorate from Exeter University in 2012, and was appointed Lecturer in Creative Writing in 2013.