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Jan Fortune
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Jan Fortune Wood poet publisher non fiction writer

Jan Fortune lives in North Wales.

Publications

Coming Home (Cinnamon Press, 2011)

Knot-work (2008)

Particles of Life (bluechrome, 2005)

Novels

Stale Bread and Miracles novel in prose poetry (Headland, 2008)

Dear Ceridwen (Cinnamon Press, 2007)

The Standing Ground (Cinnamon Press, 2007)

A Good Life (bluechrome, 2005)

Non Fiction

Bound to be Free exploring the cons of state-based education (forthcoming)

Doing it Their Way: Home-based Education and Autonomous Learning (Educational Heretics Press, 2008)

Winning Parent, Winning Child: Parenting so Everybody Wins (Cinnamon Press, 2005)

Jan Fortune is co-founder and editor at Cinnamon Press. As editor she has published poetry and short story anthologies for Cinnamon Press. Through Cinnamon Press, Jan Fortune has organised and run creative writing courses and writers’ retreats as well as readings by Cinnamon Press poets.

Jan Fortune founded the poetry magazine Coffee House Poetry which has since merged with long-standing magazine Envoi. The merged magazine retains the Envoi name and Jan Fortune is the editor.

Jan Fortune studied Theology at Selwyn College, Cambridge, completed a PhD in Feminist Theology and has an MA in Creative Writing. She has worked as a teacher, a priest, charity directory and creative writing tutor. Jan Fortune was one of the first group of women to be ordained as vicars in 2004. Her four children have been home educated, after being removed from school due to bullying and the school’s ignorance and reluctance to response. Jan Fortune is an advocate of and has written on home education, following the Taking Children Seriously philosophy which proposes that parents can live consensually with children, solving problems of everyday living as a family so everyone wins. Taking Children Seriously takes away coercion from learning and turns parents into trusted advisors, enjoying full involvement in their children’s lives and passing on the skills to make informed decisions to children.

“In this substantial collection (over 100 poems) Fortune writes very much with her ‘heart on her sleeve’ exploring her childhood, motherhood, marriage and belief. By the end you feel you’ve been allowed to get to know her as a friend – as if you’d spent a lazy afternoon in her large farmhouse kitchen with the rich smells of home baking (children pottering in and out) as she tells you her life story. The strength of this collection is the way it allows the reader to ‘work through’ these experiences with her and to enjoy the book’s concluding affirmation: belief in the rejuvenating power of the seasons’ cycles, without the need for orthodox forms of Christianity.” review of Particles of Life (bluechrome)

Cinnamon Press: http://www.cinnamonpress.com/

In 2011 Jan changed her name from Jan Fortune-Wood to Jan Fortune.

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