Writer working in Meat Market

About Janey

Janey Runci is a fiction writer living and working in Melbourne. Her short stories are published in various literary journals and anthologies. She has won prizes and/or been shortlisted in national and international awards, including the The Age, Bridport and Fish Short Story competitions.

Janey has been awarded an Australia Council Writers Project Grant and was short listed for a Varuna Writers Centre Partnership in Publishing award for a novel in progress in 2015, and awarded a Varuna Writers Fellowship in 2016 to work on a linked collection of short stories.

She taught fiction in various places for a number of years and now runs the occasional writing workshop.

Janey is also secretary of the Henry Handel Richardson Society of Australia. Apart from promoting the work of Richardson, one of Australia’s most significant fiction writers, the Society also aims to promote and support the work of current Australian writers. To this end the Society ran writing competitions in 2012 and 2014. In 2016 the Society is offering a fellowship in short story writing in partnership with Varuna, the national writers centre in Katoomba, NSW. For information on this award go to the Varuna website varuna.com.au or to the Henry Handel Richardson Society website henryhandelrichardsonsociety.org.au 

How do you use your space?

I use my space as a sanctuary and refuge for uninterrupted writing. I use the notice board on one wall for visual material related to what I’m working on at the time. The long desk on another wall is great for spreading material out and ordering.

During the Henry Handel Richardson Society Writing competitions I used the space as a room for the pre-reading and selection of entries for the final judging process.