I’m Jan Fortune and this is a blog becoming a different story. I believe writing is powerful and through writing and engaging with others’ writing we can reshape ourselves adn the world. I blog about life as a writer and editor living in a small village, the impact on writing of travelling and the impact of writing on the stories we tell of our lives and how we shape and live them.
I write poetry, novels and blog posts because I love words. Narrative gives shape and meaning to the world and witnesses to the resilience and hope of individuals and communities in every kind of circumstance. I’m passionate about the writing life and helping others to find their writing voice and the writing life that connects them more deeply.
I’m married to Adam and have four wonderful children plus a fantastic son-in-law and daughter-in-law and an adorable grandson.
I write articles about writing process, journalling, writing structure and the impact of writing on our worldview, motivation and the way we live. I home educated my four (now adult) children and have written widely on alternative education. I’m passionate about issues of equality (I have a PhD in feminist theology), about writing as a form of witness, about enjoying good food and nutrition, about building daily rhythms of life that nurture and support us to be our best selves and about living deliberately, valuing the distinctive and the independent rather than the conformist and mainstream.
I love to read, publish and (try to) write books that are engaged, raise questions, take risks with form or voice and push the boundaries of mainstream writing. My poetry is generally individual short poems or sequences and I’m interested in the use of life-writing and psychogeography and how they interact. My novels play with concepts of time and self and have strong literary influences.
I love to travel, particularly without flying, but I also love coming home to a tiny village, a quirky house with no central heating, no TV, but views of mountains and rain. I love to cook, especially for a large noisy family and friends and I cook like I write: in a trance 🙂 I do yoga most days and I love baths.