March 1, 2004

Jane Kirwan

Jane Kirwan's work has been much praised and was recognised with an Arts Council writers award in 2002.

She was born in England of Irish parents but now lives in Prague. Themes of exile, barriers, boundaries permeate her writing. She has written short stories and two novels as well as poetry. Her second poetry collection explores the relationship between her and a Czech refugee, ex-political prisoner. As the back cover says, it follows a narrative that begins with desire, ends with displacement.

R.V Bailey said of the first collection, Stealing the Eiffel Tower, "She is a fine, exciting, feet-off-the-ground poet." The poet George Szirtes calls The Man who Sold Mirrors a "mixture of romantic sensuality and intellect."