Jan Williams - Talks for Adults
Jan's research for her storytelling has made her a useful source for both folk tales and history which she communicates with passion. Take her latest children's book ‘The ghost Of Pendlesham Priory' This is based on her academic research on the dissolution of the religious houses of East Anglia showing how Henry VIII and his method for ruining the reputation of monks and nuns. How true were these accusations? See what Jan says. She has visited many ruins especially Sibton Abbey in Suffolk and investigated documents of the period for a considered opinion of the so called evidence to make her judgements.
Another popular talk she gives is the Witches of Manningtree based on a storytelling project she did with the Essex Storytellers. The more research she did the more she realized the tragedy of the women's situation and how so many novels and films give such false impressions.