Janet was born and grew up in the North East of England in a time of soot, formica, and winkle pickers; when it was actually compulsory to smoke on buses and packets of crsips used to have blue twists of salt inside them.
Her education was something she can’t talk about without getting variously annoyed, upset and outraged.
She spent many years oscillating between Scotland, where she felt more comfortable culturally and politically, and the South East of England where there were better employment opportunities. She now lives in London.
She worked for many years in post-16 education as a practitioner, manager, trainer, inspector and consultant, but has always felt compelled to write. Now, writing is her top priority, and her first collection of short stories will be published in the near future by Circaidy Gregory Press.
She shared 45 years of her existence with the composer, Naresh Sohal, and has travelled widely in India. She is a long-standing practitioner of yoga, which she also teaches.
The photos show what was once the site of Lambton Coke Works, a particularly nasty invasion of giant hogweed near Chester-le-Street, the Durham – Sunderland Railway as was, Wear floods on the periphery of the Lambton estate, July 2009, Durham City at twilight, Durham cathedral under restoration.