Janice's first book, The Trick is to keep Breathing, was published by Polygon Press in 1990 and won the MIND/Allan Lane Book of the Year. Since, she has written more novels, short stories, volumes of life writing, a handful of collaborative books of short fiction and poetry with sculptor Anne Bevan, poems for sculptor/photographer Calum Colvin, libretti, poems and one lonely play. Prizes and Awards include The American Academy of Arts and Letters EM Forster Award, Saltire Award and Creative Scotland Award. All Made Up, her second volume of "anti-memoir" won the Scottish Book of the Year 2012. Her most recent book of short stories, Jellyfish is published by Granta.
She has been writer in residence to four Scottish prisons, Research Fellow to the British Library, resident at Jura Distillery, and was the first Fellow in Residence at the University of Otago in New Zealand. Her radio work includes two series for BBC (Life as a Man and Imagined Lives) and programmes on music and musicians. She also works extensively with musicians, visual artists and typographers.
Janice lives in the Kingdom of Fife