Book Jan Bee Brown
Set sail with stories! If Jan isn’t telling tales on Tall Ships you’ll find her coastal rowing in The Firth of Forth so her willow creel is full of sea shanties, nautical tales, eco quests, monsters, stowaways, and feisty female pirates…stories of the sea, sometimes tall and often true!
Developing and project managing storytelling events with visiting shanty choirs, Jan also leads The Dreadnought Shanty Crew in Leith and sings with The Newhaven Community Choir.
As a professional storyteller and collaborative artist Jan’s creative practice is driven by local history and folk tradition, she loves to share stories eye to eye, mind to mind and heart to heart, both live and online.
Jan often combines colourful crafting with storytelling sessions in collaboration with a range of local and national museums and galleries including: The National Library of Scotland, City Art Gallery, The Dovecot, Trinity House, The Museum of Edinburgh, Out of The Blue and The National Portrait Gallery.
Since spending a year as Reader in Residence with the Scottish Book Trust at Falkirk Libraries in 2015, Jan has continued to promote literacy through intergenerational storytelling working with diverse audiences in primary schools, care homes and community settings through her research project The Thrive Archive.
The Thrive Archive enables diverse communities to tell their own story through cross-arts projects, curating events that include art, craft, story making and song writing.