Jane Grieve – Writer
Jane Grieve’s love of language and astute observations of people and places have been two major passions during a life spent moving amongst people of all persuasions. She was a columnist with the Courier Mail, and now writes for various publications. The distinctive Australian flavour of her writing offers a rich perspective on Australian humour. Her self-published book of humorous short family stories, Slippin’ on the Lino, was launched at the 2009 Exhibition; the audio version, read by the author and played as a regular feature on Southern Queensland ABC radio, was launched at the 2010 Exhibition.
Jane spent 2012 at her idyllic rural retreat at Muckadilla writing her memoir, In Stockman’s Footsteps, at the request of publishers Allen & Unwin.
In Stockmen’s Footsteps, released in April 2013, includes the previously-untold story of the mammoth task of creating the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame at Longreach in Central Western Queensland. The Hall of Fame is a repository for the lore of the bush. Jane worked for 10 years on the foundling project, first as secretary to Honorary Secretary RM Williams, then as Executive Secretary, and finally as the non-profit company’s first Executive Director.
Sales of In Stockmen’s Footsteps have exceeded the publishers’ expectations, opened up a world of possibilities for Jane, and recorded an important part of Australia’s history.
Each year Jane creates a poem to celebrate the current sponsors & supporters of the 9Ante Portas exhibition.