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Jan Bee Brown

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Jan loves to share stories from traditional Scottish and European folktales to ancient myths and Celtic legends. Living in Newhaven, her willow creel is full of stories of the sea that include quests, monsters, the world at war and journeys that cross borders.

Jan speaks German and having lived and worked in Europe is drawn to Nordic myths, dark forests, tales of intrepid travellers and brave women.

Jan is comfortable working in costume and would be delighted to deliver stories with a liberal sprinkling of post -feminist industrial Steampunk – if that is your cup of tea.

Telling stories that are rooted in a sense of place and curating exhibitions and events that include art, craft, story making and song writing, Jan has worked on numerous projects with The Newhaven Community Choir celebrating tangible and intangible cultural heritage whilst bringing local maritime heritage to life.

Introduced to the power of storytelling during her year as Reader in Residence with the Scottish Book Trust in Falkirk libraries in 2015 Jan continues to develop intergenerational storytelling with diverse audiences and families telling stories and singing in Nurseries, Primary Schools, Care Homes and Community settings through her research project The Thrive Archive.

The Thrive Archive has stories at its heart! As its curator Jan likes to help diverse communities tell their own story through cross-arts projects.

Jan develops and project manages bespoke outreach storytelling events with a range of museums and galleries including The National Library of Scotland, City Art Gallery, The Dovecot, Trinity House and The Museum of Edinburgh.

Jan studied 3-D Design at Central – St Martins and had a successful career as a Theatre Designer before moving into museum curation and exhibition design in regional galleries. She has taught both Art & Design and Drama at secondary level and lectured in Scenic Design, Costume, Millinery and Textiles. As a Collaborative Artist Jan has been commissioned by The National Portrait Gallery in London as the Scottish artist on National Memories – Local Stories and curated 7 of the Seventh for the HLF funded Gretna 100 commemoration with Citizen Curator at Out of The Blue Drill Hall.

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