Member Profile

Jane Christmas

Photo: Melanie Gillis 2013

Jane Christmas was born and raised in Toronto, educated in Ottawa (Carleton University), and lived a good chunk of her adult life in Hamilton.  For 25 years she worked in journalism (the Globe and Mail, National Post, Hamilton Spectator, Canadian Press,  CTV), freelance writing (Maclean’s, Hamilton Magazine), and public and media relations (Capitol Records EMI of Canada Ltd., the Ontario Ministry of Health, McMaster University). 

Her career as a published author began late in life, and she distinguished herself as a writer who was not afraid to share her interior life and sentiments. Her series of best-selling journey memoirs began with The Pelee Project (2002), and continued with What the Psychic Told the Pilgrim (2007), and Incontinent on the Continent (2009). Her newest, And Then There Were Nuns (2013) tells of a challenging year spent determining whether she was “nun material”.  Although it tackles difficult issues such as religion and rape, And Then There Were Nuns is not lacking in the humorous insights and tender epiphanies that a devoted, international readership has come to expect from Jane’s writing.  And Then There Were Nuns was shortlisted for the 2014 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, and the Word Awards for Christian writing.  Her books are published in Canada, the U.S., Great Britain, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, and Portugal.

Jane has three grown children, and now lives in England. For more information please visit www.janechristmas.ca

Phone number:
c/o Writers' Union of Canada

Publications

The Pelee Project. ECW (new edition published by Post Hynotic Press in 2014), 2002
What the Psychic Told the Pilgrim. Greystone Books, 2007
Incontinent on the Continent. Greystone Books, 2009
And Then There Were Nuns. Greystone Books, 2013

Awards

Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour for And Then There Were Nuns, 2014 (shortlist)
Word Awards for Christian Writing for And Then There Were Nuns, 2014
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :
Yes

WITS

Presentation Length:
1 hour
Genre:
Memoir, travel writing
Grades:
12
Audience size:
any
Northern OAC WITS:
No
One session:
$$
GST:
GST not applicable