Jayne Austin

Photo: Jayne on Old Route 66, Arizona, America

Picking up a pen meant crossing a psychological line for me as I’d grown up in an atmosphere of silence. It wasn’t until in later life that I acknowledged letting go of the darkness allows for new light to flow in.

I’ve written a novel which has been professionally edited and I’m in a hiatus until I get back in the zone to refine it. You can listen to some poems on the HighlandLIT Vimeo channel where you’ll sense the Cult upbringing. I’ve always been an avid reader; it’s a perfect means of escapism. I enjoy taking turns leading the monthly book club at Waterstones.

Travel and photography are two passions. I’ve recently self-published a book called: ‘SIMPLY ABSTRACT’ where I showcase my macro images and seek to push the boundaries within the field. I would class them as ‘genre defying’.

Informed by the COVID lock-down, in June 2020 I found myself drawing nearly a hundred charcoal sketches and I’m mulling over how to translate these to a larger scale, if a charcoal stick big enough exists do so! I love its feel and texture and messiness.

I have been a member of HighlandLIT for several years because I value its commitment to bringing books and people together. I am four years into the post of Secretary. I’m not really a committee person but have made treasured friends whose wealth of experience I value for its support and encouragement.

In addition to HighlandLIT, I curate the UPSTAIRS Gallery and am involved with Dogstar Theatre. My secular background is a series of reinventions which includes working in international marketing.

Jayne's website is at www.jayneaustin.co.uk

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