Jan Sargeant of West Yorkshire, England, has written and published poetry for over 40 years, alongside a number of research papers and seven books. An English graduate with a Masters degree from Sheffield, she worked as a Principal lecturer in a university for many years, teaching and supervising post graduate students on MA courses. She has been a guest lecturer on writing poetry at Cambridge University, and also run media courses for the British Film Institute. Her academic credentials are impeccable and although retired because of Parkinson’s Disease, she is a consultant writer and artist on a research project at Oxford University and founding member of the Lakeside Arts Group, a community of over 500 poets and artists from across the UK.
She was previously a Director for Parkinson’s Art where she led the relaunch and development of the poetry sections, establishing the Monthly Challenge and the Open Mic Tuesdays. She also devised, wrote and taught the “Poetry without fear” six-week course for their Academy. Most recently, Jan won Globe Soup’s writing competition and was awarded Author of the Month by Spillwords, both international literature journals.
She is now a Poetry Editor Emeritus for The Quiver.