In the fourth episode of the MIR Podcast MIR15 editor Lauren Miller talks to author Jane Roberts about her story “Our Lady the Sheela Na Gig.” They discuss what inspired the story, Jane’s writing background and they get to the bottom of exactly what a Sheela Na Gig actually is. Jane also gives her book recommendations.
Jane Roberts is a freelance writer living on the Shropshire/Welsh border. Her fiction has featured in a variety of anthologies and journals including: Litro, Bare Fiction Magazine, The Lonely Crowd, Wales Arts Review, LossLit Magazine, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, The Nottingham Review, NFFD Anthologies, 100 Stories for Haiti, New Sun Rising: Stories for Japan, The Refugees Welcome Anthology, Stories for Homes, Unthology 9, Retreat West’s Nothing Is As It Was, The Mechanics’ Institute Review 15, and Valley Press’ High Spirits: A Round of Drinking Stories. Upcoming stories in: Retreat West’s Resurrection Trust and a city story anthology from Arachne Press. She has been a participant in the Writing West Midlands’ Room 204 Writer Development Programme 2017/18, shortlisted for Bridport and Fish Prizes, longlisted for a Saboteur Award for Best Anthology as part of Literary Salmon, and won Bloomsbury Writers’ and Artists’ Flash Fiction 2013. Twitter: @JaneEHRoberts
Lauren Miller has an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck. She writes fiction and was published in Mechanics Institute Review 13. Her work has been longlisted for the Fish Poetry Prize and the Bridport Prize. She has a BA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins and is the current Features Editor at MIR online. Follow her on twitter @LMillerwrite