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A professional storyteller and collaborative artist, Jan's creative practice is driven by folk tradition, sharing stories eye to eye, mind to mind and heart to heart. Living by the sea, her creel is full of stories and songs of the sea, including quests, battles, monsters, stowaways, and pirates.
Jan was reader in residence with the Scottish Book Trust in Falkirk libraries in 2015 and continues to develop intergenerational story projects with diverse audiences and families telling stories and singing in nurseries, primary schools, care homes and community settings and through her research project The Thrive Archive.
The Thrive Archive likes to help diverse communities tell their own story through cross-arts projects, finding stories that are rooted in a sense of place whilst curating events that include art, craft, story making and song writing. Jan has worked on numerous projects with The Newhaven Community Choir celebrating intangible cultural heritage whilst bringing local maritime heritage to life. Jan develops and project manages bespoke outreach storytelling events with a range of museums and galleries and festivals including The National Library of Scotland, City Art Gallery, The Dovecot, Trinity House and the Museum of Edinburgh, Out of The Blue and The National Portrait Gallery. (Photo credit: Cardigan & Mac)
Live drawing; Mentoring; Panel event; Performance; Residency; Talk; Workshop; Professional development, CLPL or CPD; Chairing events
Audience can work with
Adult learners; Intergenerational learning; Adults with additional support needs; People living with dementia; Reluctant readers; Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts); Young people with additional support needs (under 18) (ASN/SEN)
Topics of work
Adolescence; Adventure; Ageing; Childhood; Coasts, seas & oceans; Death, grief & bereavement; Discrimination & prejudice; Emigration & immigration; Environment & climate; Event production; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Family; Friendship; Gender equality; Health including mental health & wellbeing; History; Loneliness & isolation; Love & romance; Music; Performance training; Poverty; Travel writing; Wars & conflicts; World War 1