News & Reviews

Big Telly Theatre Company’s Stage Adaptation of The Faerie Thorn, Touring April – June 2017
Read theatre reviews and audience feedback here.


Culture NI, August 2016
‘Big Telly Theatre Company hooks Open House Festival audience with scratch performance of their latest production.’ Read a review of Big Telly Theatre Company’s scratch performance of The Faerie Thorn [Bangor Open House Festival] here.

stage adaptationCulture NI, June 2016
‘Jane Talbot’s debut collection of dark tales will be adapted for the stage as part of the Portstewart theatre company’s milestone 30th year.’ Click here to read more about Big Telly Theatre Company’s stage adaptation of The Faerie Thorn & Other Stories and about the scratch performance at Bangor’s Open House Festival.

The Faerie Thorn Stage ProductionThe Faerie Thorn is Being Adapted for the Stage. The Production will tour the UK and Ireland in Spring 2017 – Press Release by Big Telly Theatre Company [23 May 2016]
‘Big Telly is thrilled to announce that the company has started work on an adaptation of The Faerie Thorn by Ballymoney-based writer Jane Talbot, a sensational new collection of dark tales set in the North Coast area of Northern Ireland.’ Read the full press release here.

The Incubator Journal, Issue 6 – September 2015
“This is fiction that leads you on an adventure, is told in a unique voice fitting to the genre it represents (yet inherently different from what’s already there), and which always manages to surprise.” You can read the full review [pp 89-92] on The Incubator website.

Ballymoney Chronicle, 24 September 2015
Click here to read ‘Away With the Faeries.’



Culture Northern Ireland, 13 October 2015
Click here to read an introduction to The Faerie Thorn and Other Stories, along with an extract from the first story in the collection.


Culture Hub Magazine, 27 October 2015
‘Talbot is a lover of storytelling and her intricate imagination and well woven words took me on journey throughout the seven stories. The worlds she magically creates with their grotesque characters, thick forested textures and unlikely heroes manage to speak to the challenges of our non-fairy tale world.’ You can read the full review and an in-depth author interview here.

Copy of dublinbookfestival (2)The Honest Ulsterman, October Edition 2015
Click here to read an in-depth author interview.



Copy of dublinbookfestival (2)Live-Streamed Book Group, 1 November 2015
Click here to watch the replay of the on-line book group event on YouTube. The Faerie Thorn is the book being discussed, and I am part of the panel. [c. 60 minutes]


The Coleraine Chronicle, 12 November 2015 Waterstones Coleraine book reading




Irish Examiner, 21 November 2015
‘A bewitching set of faerie tales for adults. Intriguing, intelligent and highly readable.’ Click here to read ‘Beginner’s Pluck’ : an author interview and review.

Northern Visions Television, first broadcast 1 December 2015
In this television interview, Tony Macaulay [author of Paper Boy, Bread Boy, and All Growed Up] chats with me about The Faerie Thorn and Other Stories:

The Irish News, 7 December 2015
‘The Faerie Thorn and Other Stories is Jane Talbot’s first book and it’s a cracker. Not a children’s book of fairy stories but for adults and in the true tradition there’s love and hate, gentleness and brutality and a language to gladden your soul.’ Click here to read the full review. [Please note : there are several articles on this page of The Irish News.  Scroll down to the second article, ‘The Magic of Language’, to find the review.