The Royal Society of Literature, the UK’s charity for the advancement of English literature, has announced the election of Jane Draycott as Fellow. A PICT faculty member, Jane serves as poetry instructor on PICT’s two-day Creative Writing Workshop, organized each Spring and Fall semester.
Jane is an award-winning poet and translator who has received the Stephen Spender Prize for her translation of the 14th-century poem Pearl (2011) and has been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize with her poetry collection Over (2009), among numerous other accolades. Jane’s recent work includes Storms Under the Skin (2017), in which she translates the poetry of Henri Michaux. Apart from her teaching at PICT, Jane serves as Creative Writing Tutor at the Universities of Lancaster and Oxford.
The Royal Society of Literature was founded in 1820 and consists of around 600 Fellows, writers whose body of work has been deemed of “outstanding literary merit” and who are elected for life through an internal nomination and voting process. When signing the Society’s Roll Book, newly elected Fellows are offered use of an eminent colleague’s pen, including pens used by Charles Dickens, George Eliot, and Lord Byron. Jane joins the Society on its 200th anniversary.