Jan Carson is based in Belfast. Her latest novel, published April 2019, is The Fire Starters. She has also published a novel, “Malcolm Orange Disappears” (Liberties Press, 2014), a short story collection, “Children’s Children” (Liberties Press, 2016), a micro-fiction collection, “Postcard Stories” (Emma Press, 2017), and commissioned stories included in the following anthologies, “Settling” in “The Glass Shore” (New Island, 2016) and “Egg” in “The Female Line” (New Island, 2017). Jan’s stories have aired on BBC Radio 4 and most recently were read by Liam Neeson, on Radio 3.
Her work has appeared in Banshee, Harper’s Bazaar and The Honest Ulsterman. In 2014 she received Arts Council NI Artist’s Career Enhancement Bursary and is part of the British Council’s International Literary Showcase. She was shortlisted for the Sean O’Faolain prize (2016) and won the Harper’s Bazaar story competition, (2016). She’s read at Literary Festivals throughout the UK, Europe and America and works as a freelance community arts and literary programmer, curating the CS Lewis Festival, running school’s literature projects and specializing in arts development work with older people, particularly those living with dementia.
F**k Brexit! There is something far more compelling going on up the road. The success of Anna Burns’ Milkman has again, and not before time, focussed attention of the burgeoning brilliance of new Northern Irish literature. What’s going on up around Belfast, where is all the talent coming from and what else will be achieved […]