Updates

This page will alert you to newly added material on this site – as well as any new editions of Jan Mark’s work.

May 2020

An update to the page on Man in Motion, and a new page on Stratford Boys.

Inspired by Stratford Boys, I’ve taken a look at the way the art of performance features often in Jan’s work.

Two new appreciations by two of Jan’s friends and colleagues from abroad – Kathy Lowinger and Johan Strobbe.

An update on the Jan Mark Walk in Norfolk, and …

A wonderful reading guide based on the stories in The One That Got Away, prepared by Ben Harris …

… and here’s another fab review of the collection, from award-winning author Linda Newbery. (Scroll down to the bottom of the page.)

February 2020

Three wonderful reviews of The One That Got Away:

A Few to Read: Ben Harris

https://afewtoread.blogspot.com/2020/01/jans-version.html

Calmgrove: Chris Lovegrove

https://calmgrove.wordpress.com/2020/02/01/totga/

The Impossible Library: Nick Campbell

The One That Got Away, by Jan Mark

midJanuary 2020

It’s 14 years this month since Jan died – so a fitting time to welcome a new essay on the Remembering Jan section of this website, by Jan’s colleague and friend, the writer Adèle Geras.

A new book page, for God’s Story.

In the January edition of Books for Keeps magazine, I’ve written about Jan’s legacy and the publication of The One That Got Away. Here’s a link to the magazine.

NEW BOOK! If you don’t know about it already, please click here to find out about The One That Got Away, my new collection of 30 Jan Mark short stories, available through the website, which has already attracted acclaim from readers old and new.

Events:

If you’re on Twitter, follow the hashtag #janMARKuary – where writing teacher Ben Harris (@one_to_read) is leading a month-long celebration of Jan’s writing, focusing each day on a different story from The One That Got Away.

2 February 2020 – join award-winning author Christopher Edge for the inaugural Classic Children’s Book Club discussion on Twitter. Thunder and Lightnings will be the first title discussed and I’m delighted to be involved. Follow: @ClassicChBkClub. And there’s a copy of the book plus The One That Got Away to WIN. Enter now!

11 February 2020 – I’ll be introducing a panel discussion at Oxford Brookes University called ‘Boxes of Delight: A Discussion on the Relationship Between the Writer and Reader’, with a short talk about Jan Mark. It’s free, so do book your place.

09.12.19

Thrilled to add a brand-new essay by Terry Farish, recounting her friendship with Jan from her days at Oxford Polytechnic.

And delighted to announce the imminent publication of the first new edition of Jan’s short stories for over 15 years. The One That Got Away contains 30 classic stories – some old favourites and others you may not have read.

12.11.19

On the Short Stories page, you can read the full text of Jan’s story ‘Angel in the Library’, plus see manuscript pages.

Neil Philip writes about Jan’s long short story for adults, ‘Childermas’, here.

On the Working with Jan page, Linda Newbery, Narinder Dhami and Jan Sprenger share their experiences of working with Jan, the tutor – while Derek Paice talks about The Storyboat, to which Jan was a regular visitor in the 80s.

The Thunder and Lightnings page now includes an account of how the book is still being celebrated in and around the village of Ingham, where Jan began her writing career. Click here to read on …

Nick Tucker wrote a wonderful tribute to Jan for Carousel magazine, which offers a fine introduction to a variety of her books.

01.10.19

Two new book pages – for Heathrow Nights and The Museum Book.

A link to the Jan Mark archive at Seven Stories in Newcastle – with wonderful photos from the collection.

The deeper I delve into the world of Jan Mark fandom, the more lasting connections are revealed. As an artist herself, Jan was very interested in the illustration of her work. David Parkins collaborated on five books with Jan and his account of working together is illuminating. David and Jan eventually met at Jan’s first book launch in Norwich (for Out of the Oven), at The Hungate Bookshop, owned by Chris and Enid Stephenson, and I’m pleased to add Chris‘s memories of Jan to the site. The launch was in 1986 – the year Maurice Lyon joined Penguin Books and became Jan’s editor for many years. So it’s wonderful to add his memories to the Working With Jan page.

And finally, to celebrate National Poetry Day, Mick Gowar has written an insightful and enlightening essay about Jan’s only poetry collection, Momma Travels Light.

14.08.19

Two new book pages – for They Do Things Differently There and Man in Motion.

On the Thunder and Lightnings page, the text and art from a 1978 Puffin Post feature, plus a link to a truly brilliant reader’s response by writer Paul Gorman.

New to Remembering Jan are not-to-be-missed recollections of two of her school friends, Bernadette Watts and Jane Sherman.

22.06.19 – Jan Mark’s birthday

Here’s a wonderfully wide-ranging interview conducted by Neil Philip that covers so many of Jan’s interests and views, perfect for dipping into.

Added to Remembering Jan is Julia Eccleshare’s eulogy, delivered at the memorial service held in April 2006. It’s a beautiful, insightful piece that perfectly capture’s Jan’s personality.

29.05.19 – SITE LAUNCHES.