Portrait of Jane Alexander
© Anita Fitzsimons

Jane Alexander is the author of two novels – The Last Treasure Hunt (Saraband), which was selected as a Waterstones Debut of the Year in 2015, and A User’s Guide to Make-Believe (Allison & Busby, 2020) – and a collection of short stories with accompanying essay, The Flicker Against the Light and Writing the Contemporary Uncanny (Luna Press, 2021).

In 2018, she completed a PhD in creative writing, exploring the contemporary uncanny in short fiction. Jane is represented by Lutyens & Rubinstein Literary Agency.

As a teacher of creative writing, Jane has worked with all kinds of learners – from secondary school pupils to local elderly people, international students to men in prison. For several years she ran creative writing workshops for for people in recovery from substance misuse, and she is currently a lecturer at  the University of Edinburgh. Originally from Aberdeen, Jane has previously worked as an illustrator, designer and arts marketer, and has lived in Edinburgh – the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature – for 20 years.