We are delighted to welcome back fiction writer Sandra Jensen to the 2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival.
Sandra Jensen is a fiction writer with more than 40 short story and flash publications in prestigious literary journals in Canada, England, New Zealand and the USA. Her flash fiction has been featured in The Irish Times.
Her background is eclectic, including having triple citizenship in South Africa, Canada and the UK. In her teens she lived in Donegal, Ireland where she taught weaving while studying at home for O and A Levels. After obtaining her university degree in Classical Studies and Ancient Greek from Bristol, she pursued careers in the theatre, graphic design, Jeet Kune Do and IT.
She has exhibited her photography in London and Toronto. Sandra believes these detours towards a writing career taught her the skills necessary to a writer’s vocation: stamina, discipline, flexibility, stubbornness, an eye for detail and form, and the ability to pick herself up and begin again.
Sandra’s fiction has won a number of awards, including first place for the bosque Fiction Competition, Highly Commended for the Bridport Prize, and winning the J.G. Farrell Award for best novel-in-progress for Ten Virtuous Acts, a recently completed work set in Sri Lanka during the early years of the civil war.
Sandra’s short story manuscript, A Sort Of Walking Miracle,” was shortlisted for The Scott Prize.
Sandra has led writing retreats and mentored writers in the USA, Ireland, the Netherlands and Germany. Her particular interest is in encouraging new writers to bypass the critical mind and put words on the page in a way that is both audacious and flowing.
Sandra was a guest writer and panellist at the 12th and 13th International Conference on the Short Story in Little Rock and Vienna, an invited participant and seminar leader (“How to Get Published in Literary Journals”) at the Galle Literary Festival in 2011, and a six-time participant of the Sirenland Writer’s Conference in Positano, Italy.
Her interests include animal welfare and in 2012 she founded AWABosnia, raising awareness and funds to stop animal suffering in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Sandra Jensen currently lives in Brighton, England.