Storytelling: Jan Blake “The Leopard Woman”

storytelling Jan Blake was born in Manchester of Jamaican parentage. She has an international reputation for dynamic, witty, exciting storytelling. Specialising in stories from Africa and the Caribbean Jan is currently one of Europe’s leading female storytellers. She has featured at all the major storytelling festivals in the country, performs, runs storytelling workshops and teaches and performs all over Europe. Jan has worked as an artist in residence at various theatres throughout Britain and in doing so has developed close links with theatres such as The Southbank Centre, The Royal National Theatre, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, The National Concert Hall of Ireland, The Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, Battersea Arts Centre, & The Unicorn Theatre for Children. She is committed to passing on skills that can help storytellers develop their expertise. Jan works with a range of audiences, in a range of venues, from schools to the corporate boardroom, performing teaching and training. She designs storytelling and visual arts programmes for delivery in schools and the community and is also a Storytelling consultant at the National Theatre. Jan is currently involved in a four year global Educational Storytelling project The Storytellers’ Olympiad, with The Company of Common Sense.


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