Jan Lowe Shinebourne
Jan Lowe Shinebourne was born Janice Lowe on 23 June, 1947 at Rose Hall sugar estate, in Canje, Berbice, in what was then British Guiana. The country was under colonial rule, and she lived through the dramatic events that moved the country when it became independent and changed its name to Guyana. Jan describes her first three novels and most of her writing as being deeply influenced by this period and the rapid and dramatic changes she experienced.
Jan was the second child of her parents, Charles and Marion Lowe. She spent her early childhood and youth at Rose Hall, but at the age of 19 moved to the capital Georgetown, where she worked as a reporter on the Guyana Graphic and joined the Expression group of young writers and artists, which included Brian Chan, John Agard, Mark Mcwatt, John Rickford and Victor Davson. She also began studies for a B.A. in English at the University of Guyana, but did not complete it.
In 1970, Jan married John Shinebourne and moved with him to London, where she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree. She also did a Postgraduate Certificate of Education, which qualified her to teach English in Further Education. Jan then taught in several London colleges, before she became a civil rights activist campaigning against racism and fascism, and studied for an M.A. in English at the University of London. During this time, she wrote book reviews for several journals including Race Today. She was also an associate editor for Southall Review and Everywoman.
In 1987, she became the first woman to receive the Guyana Prize for Literature when her first novel, Timepiece, won the award for a first novel.
In 1994, Jan was a visiting fellow at New York University. She raised her two children in Ealing, West London, then in 2006, she moved to West Sussex, where she currently resides.
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- The Last English PlantationPrice: £8.99
Review written by Chris Searle for The Morning Star Review written by Quintin Bradley for Leeds Other Paper Review written by Simon Andrewes for reader reviews
- The Last ShipPrice: £8.99
Review written by Lomarsh Roopnarine, Jackson State University for The Caribbean Writer
- TimepiecePrice: £8.99
Review written by Anne Jordan for Spare Rib Review written by Fred D’Aguiar for Race Today Review written by Elaine Savory Fido for JWIL Journal of West Indian Literature
- The Godmother and other StoriesPrice: £7.99
Review written by Jeremy Taylor for The Caribbean Review of Books Review written by Anne-Marie Lee-Loy Review written by Guyana Prize for Literature for Guyana Prize Review written by Charlotte O'Brien for Caribbean Voice