Jane Howard



Jane Howard is a Walkley award-winning journalist. She is currently deputy editor of arts and culture at The Conversation, a contributing editor at Kill Your Darlings where she focuses on podcast criticism, and deputy-chair of Writers SA.

As a freelance journalist and critic, Jane is a regular contributor to Guardian Australia, who she has written for across Australia and in Asia. She has had writing commissioned in England, Scotland, Canada, and the Czech Republic; been translated into multiple languages; and appeared in publications including RealTime, Meanjin, The Lifted Brow, Crikey, Junkee, and The Stage. 

 Jane’s artistic work explores writing in collaborative digital spaces; and her research work has primarily looked at the status of women in the arts.  Her report, How Australian theatre rebalanced its gender disparity, published by the ABC, won the Arts Journalism Prize at the 2019 Mid-Year Walkley Awards.

She is currently writing her first book.

Accolades and recognition 

2019 Walkley Mid-Year Awards – Prize for Arts Journalism; SA Media Awards –finalist for Freelance Contribution 2018 Australia Council Future Leader; SA Media Awards – finalist for Commentary, Analysis, Opinion & Critique,  finalist for Freelance Contribution 2017  Wheeler Centre Fellow; SA Media Awards – finalist for Commentary, Analysis, Opinion & Critique; SA Press Club Awards – finalist for Best Columnist 2015 Adelaide Film Festival Emerging Curator; finalist for Express Media Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Young Person in the Literary Arts 2014 Meanjin New Media Art Mentorship 2013 Guardian (UK) Internship 2012 Next Wave Festival Text Camp Mentorship

Speaking engagments 

ACMI ○ Adelaide Festival Breakfast with Papers ○ Adelaide Festival of Ideas ○ Adelaide Film Festival ○ Behind The Second Woman (ABC Arts Documentary) ○ Books & Arts (ABC Radio National) ○ Emerging Writers' Festival  ○ Festival of Unpopular Culture ○ Kill Your Darlings Podcast ○ Melbourne Festival of Arts ○ National Play Festival ○ National Young Writers' Festival ○ Stop Everything! (ABC Radio National) ○ The Wheeler Centre


 Deakin University (RA: Public Diplomacy Evaluation; Status of Women in the Arts) ○ Flinders University's AusStage Project ○ Australia Council's Women in Theatre report ○  Playwriting Australia○ GigCity Adelaide.

Cited in publications including Platform PapersHow to Write About Theatre, Staging Queer Feminisms and the Contemporary Theatre Review

Artistic projects

As collaborating creator My Brilliant Bookclub (with Kylie Maslen and Veronica Sullivan for DWF) ○ Let Me Tell You (with Jessica Alice for Adhocracy) As festival director Digital Writers' Festival 2016 As programmer Festival of Unpopular Culture ○ Oh David! Everyone's a Critic (AFF) ○ HIVE (AFF) As lead artist Simple Art Transfer Protocol (PADA for Near & Far) ○ The Importance of Seeing Ernest (The Lifted Brow) ○ Jane Has A Newsletter ○ Roman Tragedies: an almost live review (The Lifted Brow)  As artist Public Recordings (Canada) ○ The Barbara Cleveland Project (nee Brown Council)○ Terrapin Puppet Theatre ○ Mish Grigor with Vitalstatistix As producer Sepia (Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne Fringe. Winner: Melbourne Fringe Tour Ready Award)○ Symphony of Strange (Adelaide Fringe. Nominated: Best Dance.)