THE LADDER TO THE MOON
It all began when people sat around their fires and
told stories to remind themselves of their past.
It could be simple pieces of gossip or great
epics but those early oral stories are the
foundation of our modern history and literature.
Primitive peoples called them “the ladder to the
moon”. Even today climbing that enchanting
ladder can bring people and places alive
in a very vivid way.
Jan is an experienced oral story teller, writer
and teacher, who has worked in many historical
sites in theatres for the Arts Council, Heritage
Lottery and Colchester County Council.
She is well known for:
Telling stories at Layer Marney, Harwich Festival and Tendring Show
Founding and working with the Essex Storytellers, who appear regularly at The Essex Book Festival, museums and libraries.
Writing for Scholastic including their magazine Literacy Plus
A booklet for adults called “A Candle in the Dark” which explains the historical truth behind the witches of Manningtree.
Jan has been shortlisted for the Winston Graham Historical Novel Prize
Appearances on Anglia TV. and B.B.C. Essex.
Leading walks around local Communities Wivenhoe, Rowhedge, Fingringhoe, Brightlingsea, Mersea Island.
Work at Southend Children’s Library with their “
pass it on” project for adults.