Jean Rafferty is the author of Myra, Beyond Saddleworth, published by Wild Wolf Publishing.
The book is also out on Kindle and will soon be available in other e-formats.
‘A book that is both easy to read, and hard to read. Its exploration of the all-too-credible notion that dehumanisation is only human, is compelling and disturbing in equal measure.’ ~ Deborah Orr, The Guardian
‘Jean Rafferty is a remarkable writer with the bravery to explore the depths and the talent to take us with her.’ ~ Louise Welsh, author of The Cutting Room
An award winning journalist who refused to specialise, Rafferty has excelled in the fields of feature writing, travel writing, medical journalism and sport.
She has a doctorate in creative writing from the University of Strathclyde for her novel and its accompanying critical essay.
Rafferty is a writer with unusual range. She has written long-form journalism on such dark topics as ritual abuse and rape for Guardian Weekend and the Sunday Times Magazine, yet has also provided light-hearted comment for tabloids such as the Sunday People and the Daily Record.
Rafferty has been shortlisted twice in the UK Press Awards, an unusual distinction for a freelance writer, and has won a Rowntree Journalist's Fellowship for her work on prostitution.
Author of two books on sport, she has won both a Travelex Travel Writing Award and a Norwich Union Medical Journalism Award.
She is also an 'inspirational' trainer who has worked for universities, unions, local councils and in many countries throughout the world.