About Jean Rafferty
Jean Rafferty's is a writer of fiction and non-fiction books, journalism and flash fiction.
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 first 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.
Non-fiction - The Cruel Game, about a year spent on the snooker circuit and Ladies of the Court, with Virginia Wade, about 100 years of women’s champions at Wimbledon.
Journalism - Rafferty's range as a journalist is wide, from gritty human interest stories to humour to celebrity interviews. For over 25 years she worked for a variety of both broadsheet and tabloid publications, from the Sunday Times Magazine to the Sunday People. She did lengthy pieces on subjects such as torture, suicide, murder and prostitution for Guardian Weekend Magazine and the Sunday Herald, but also enjoyed light-hearted comment for tabloid newspapers.
In 2007 she was shortlisted in the British Press Awards (one of only two freelance journalists to be nominated) for her article in The Independent on the death of a friend and the impact of death on the baby boomers' generation.
She also won a Norwich Union Medical Journalism Award for her piece on the feeding of the elderly in hospitals.
She won the 2005 Rosemary Goodchild Award for her 'gutsy and clever' article on abortion in the Sunday Herald and was also shortlisted in the Norwich Union Medical Journalism Awards that year for her Sunday Herald piece on Kylie Minogue's breast cancer.
In 2003 she won a Joseph Rowntree Foundation journalist's fellowship for her work on prostitution. This funding enabled her to travel to several European countries to research different ways of dealing with the sex industry.
She won the National Daily Category in the 1999 Travelex Travel Writing Awards for her 'inspired piece' on Buenos Aires and was shortlisted for Feature Writer of the Year in the 1997 British Press awards for her work on ritual abuse and rape.
She has travelled widely for her journalism and has also taught on various journalism workshops in countries such as Nepal, Albania, Zimbabwe and Sierra Leone. For many years she was a visiting lecturer on the University of Strathclyde‘s postgraduate and undergraduate courses in Journalism and Creative Writing.
She is chair of Scottish PEN's Writers in Prison committee and visited Turkey in February 2005 as an international observer at the trial of dissident writer and publisher, Ragip Zarakolu.
She was longlisted in the 2007 Fish Short Story Competition and also in their 2004 and 2008 One Page Story Competitions. She was on the Scottish shortlist for the 2004 Real Writers' Awards.
Rafferty's short fiction has been published in Writers' Forum, Cutting Teeth, Alternative, Riptide and Gutter Magazine.