Jane Turner Goldsmith



Biography - Jane Turner Goldsmith

Jane Turner Goldsmith was born near the beaches of Adelaide, but spent her Enid Blyton years in Buckinghamshire, England, before returning to study English, French and Psychology at Adelaide University. Jane spent the eighties travelling around the world, first in Europe and later the South Pacific, where she discovered New Caledonia, a country she ended up living in for four years. In 1991 Jane returned to Adelaide to undertake her Masters in Psychology. When her 40th birthday loomed she decided to stop procrastinating and start writing the novel she’d imagined since she first visited New Caledonia.

Poinciana (Wakefield Press, 2006) was short-listed in the 2007 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, First Novel Category (Asia/South-Pacific Region), and the 2007 SA Writer’s Festival People’s Choice Award. Her other publications are a children’s novel, Gone Fishing, (Macmillan Education, 2005), and an edited anthology, Adopting: Parent’s Stories (Wakefield Press, 2007). She has completed a second novel (For Good), which she commenced at the Varuna Writer’s Centre in the Blue Mountains and is working on her third, a romantic suspense novel set in 1980s Crete. Jane was awarded an Australia Council Literature Board’s grant for a Developing Writer in 2007, and in November of that year was invited to attend the Salon International du Livre Océanien in New Caledonia as a guest speaker.

In 2009 Jane and her family had a three year stint on the beautiful South Coast of NSW. Over several years Jane ran workshops in creative writing for the Writers of the Far South Coast and has also taught fiction writing through TafeSA. Since 2012 she has worked at the University of Adelaide, for five years in student counselling, now with International Students. She runs writing workshops in schools through the ASA 'Authors in Schools' Programme and for the South Australian Writers' Centre.

2016 brought publication of a collection of stories through Wordrunner echapbooks (Beyond the Line) and in February 2017, Jane's second novel, For Good.