Jan took up a
teaching career in 1962 combining it with prose, poetry and writing.
Sharing her love of language with her students she encouraged
them to write. In Manchester 1962 she worked with Ted Hughes the late
English poet on programs which were broadcast on the BBC. Her teaching
career, alongside her writing career took her to Newcastle Upon Tyne,
back to Alsager in Cheshire, Crewe, Holyhead and Cornwall.
Finally in 1987 she came to live in Adelaide, South Australia
working as both teacher and coordinator of an English second language
program, involved predominantly with refugees from across the world.
This exciting work produced several publications, produced by Jan
and the students Many of the stories were bought by schools both here
and in the UK for valuable student resources.
Born in Crewe, Cheshire, England, Jan loved the Cheshire
countryside, the bluebell woods and flower scented lanes of an England
which was changing rapidly in the 1950's.
Her Father George William Madden,was her greatest storyteller. She inherited the gift of writing from him at an early age.
Her meeting with Laurie Lee the writer and her correspondence with
Ted Hughes over the years, until his death in 1998, formed a basis for
inspiration and encouragement in continuing to write.
Jan has worked in a number of schools and colleges, both in
Adelaide and in the UK, providing lively and stimulating workshops for
She has read her work on numerous occasions at functions across
Adelaide and beyond. She was invited to address the D. 9500 Conference
1994 at Broken Hill where she read her stories of refugees. She has
spoken at the Rotary Clubs held both in Adelaide and the Northern
In November 2003 Jan addressed 'The Author's Dinner', the first of
its kind to be held at Mannum South Australia for librarians and local
dinner guests from across the Adelaide Hills and the Riverland. She
spoke on 'Circles Within Circles' emphasising the interconnectiveness
of writers and the guardians of the written word, namely librarians
'Circles Within Circles' was offered to the public. The content was taken from an a larger edition entitled 'The Journey'.
Recently she has had success with the publishing of several of her
short stories. including three which were broadcast on Radio Adelaide.
During the first months of 2004 Jan was commissioned to write a
book on the passion of motor bike riding. It was completed at the end
of June 2004. The launch took place in Birdwood South Australia in
Seventeen years of research which included completing her novel of The Price was completed in February 2008.
The book was launched by the Principal of Thebarton Senior College In Adelaide South Australia in April 2008.
The Price was launched in Crewe on 1st August 2008 by the MP Edward Timpson.
It has been a resounding success and celebrated within the Cheshire Libraries through talks. Many of the audience empathised with the background of Evelyn Mary Madden as she was a Crewe girl.
Matthew Plant an exceptional poet from Congleton in Cheshire produced an outstanding poem which prefaces the story of Eva which tells of the time she went to work in service at Brereton Hall in Cheshire up until her murder in New Zealand at the young age of 38.
BBC Radio Stoke broadcast background information on this book in July.2008.
Readers linked the The Price with the now well read book Just A Girl From Crewe. and eagerly await a sequel.
Reared In Chester Zoo written by Janice Madden was also published In July 2008. It took Janice 2 years to research and write the story of a little girl growing up in Chester Zoo.
June Mottershead the last surviving member of the family who founded Chester Zoo met with Janice following her reading of Just A Girl From Crewe and asked if Janice would write about her life from 1930 until 1948.
Janice visited England on two occasions to work on the book and it was completed in June 2008.
Janice wrote the story using the facts, photographs and incidents from June's early years.
Although it is a true record of those early years Janice has created a charming story of a family working closely together to realise the dreams of June's father George Mottershead. He wanted to create a zoo without bars.
June has dedicated the story to her mother Elizabeth Mottershead who checked the animals at the zoo every morning and every evening. She was the unsung heroine behind the success of those early years.
Elizabeth Mottershead's ashes are scattered near to the dedication stone in Chester Zoo. The dedication stone which is shown on the dedication page of Reared In Chester Zoo can be traced in the zoo by using the map in in the book.
Reared In Chester Zoo is the first and only full record of those early years when life was tough and Janice has captured images of June's life and the development of the zoo throughout the depression and war years.
She paints pictures in words of a sensitive and hardworking young girl who pursues her father's dream with dedication.
Now a lady in her eighties, June Mottershead can at last hold a book in which her early years are recorded.
Janice Madden's books Just A Girl From Crewe, The Price and Reared in Chester Zoo can be obtained through the Nantwich Book Shop 46 High Street Nantwich Cheshire England CW5 5AS
Telephone number 01270 611665
Fax 01270 611667
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