Jane Metcalfe writes with wisdom. She makes the indescribable accessible, exciting and deeply thought provoking.

Lucy Brown
Features Writer, Yorkshire Times


I left home at the age of seventeen and began my working life in a variety of jobs, as night-club hostess, cleaner, antiquarian bookseller and record shop assistant, before discovering I could sing. After training at the Royal College of Music, I embarked on a successful career as an opera singer, performing with many opera companies in the UK and abroad. For a number of years I taught singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, working with students of acting and music therapy. I first began to develop my passion for writing in the late 1990s, gaining an MA in Creative Writing from Sussex University in 2001. Since then, I have facilitated numerous creative reminiscence community projects with the older generation, writing plays, pen portraits and poems of people’s memories, as well as running writing courses for beginners. I recently published my first book, Things in Heaven and Earth: a true story of love, mystery and transformation. The book centres on a paranormal experience that occurred between two strangers: an English playwright and a Hollywood actress. I hope you enjoy my site. I include samples of my writing styles, as well as details of my book and an occasional blog. 

"Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly – they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.” ~ Aldous Huxley

From the Blog

The ParkinSongsters – Ten years on and still looking on the bright side

It is widely acknowledged that singing is good for you. It lifts the spirits and brings people together. Being part of a singing group, small or large, gives the individual a sense of communality, well-being and achievement. And of course it is well-documented that singing is particularly beneficial for people whose physical and mental functions are impaired. There’s just something about giving voice in song that sharpens everything, as I have discovered through a decade of running The ParkinSongsters. Set up as a therapy group in 2010 by

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