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