Biography

Janet Olearski was born in West London and lives in Abu Dhabi. She is the founder of UAE’s largest writers’ group, The Abu Dhabi Writers’ Workshop @AbuDhabiWrites. Her short fiction has appeared in various publications including Wasafiri, Litro, Bare Fiction, Beautiful Scruffiness, and The Commonline Journal, and she has authored several children’s books, among them Twins, Mr Football, and The Sunbird Mystery. Her story ‘Postcard’ was one of the winners of the 2013 Abu Dhabi International Book Fair Short Story Competition. She has one unpublished novel, Islanders, completed in 2012. Her second novel, Foreigner, based on fourteen years of living in Sicily, where she worked as a lecturer at Palermo University, was one of the six shortlisted entries for the Telegraph Harvill Secker Crime Writing Prize in February 2014. Her short story collection, A Brief History of Several Boyfriends, was published in July 2017.

Personal Website: http://www.janetolearski.com

Published Work