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. In 2017 she has been short listed in the Fish Memoir Competition and the Fish Short Story Competition. In August 2017 her story, 'The Silver Sandwich Night' will be published in an anthology, 'Crush: stories about love'.
Janey has been awarded an Australia Council Writers Project Grant and was shortlisted 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 has completed the collection and is revising it.
She has taught fiction in various places for a number of years and now runs the occasional writing workshop. Janey is also vice president of the Henry Handel Richardson Society of Australia. In 2017 members of the Society travelled to Germany to follow in the footsteps of Richardson, one of Australia’s most significant fiction writers, who went there as a young woman and set her first novel, 'Maurice Guest' there. Janey is writing an extended piece on Richardson ‘sites’ in Australia and Germany, and the significance of literary ‘pilgrimages’ and ‘shrines’.
Apart from promoting the work of Richardson, 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. The Society offers a biennial 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 or to the Henry Handel Richardson Society website
What attracted you to the space and what makes it suitable for your practice?
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.