Alan Jones

I was born and bred in Earlestown in Lancashire and I went to Newton-le-Willows Grammar School where I discovered my love of cricket, acting and singing.  

I attended Bath Academy of Art and Birmingham School of Art for my teacher training. After leaving college I taught in Warrington and then moved to Leamington, where I taught in Warwickshire Schools in charge of Art and as a Year Tutor before I retired.  

I have had a life-long passion for the all the Arts, with especial interest in theatre, as a performer and director in plays and in musical theatre with various groups in the West Midlands. This led me to producing drama in schools and eventually to writing plays and musicals -initially for school performances, and later for adult groups.   

I have enjoyed recording talking books and doing voice overs for my own and others’ films.  Alongside this has been my love of fishing and its value as a teaching medium. I was Angling Education Officer for The National Federation of Anglers and co-wrote the National Kingfisher Award Scheme for beginners. I designed Kingfisher Pool in Warwick – a facility for the young and the disabled which received a Sports Lottery Grant of £180,00. In addition, I was writing a series of teaching booklets for use on courses. This culminated in the publication of “Start Fishing”, a handbook for young beginners and non angling adults. Filming had become an interest, and The Angling Foundation Foundation asked me to make a DVD based on the "Start Fishing" book.

More recently I wrote, voiced and produced a DVD telling the 900 year history of Saint Nicholas Church in Radford Semele, which was destroyed by an arsonist attack in 2008. The film records its restoration in 2013.

“A Half Remembered Song” has been long in its gestation and a great personal challenge. I hope it has something different to offer the reader.

Alan Jones   February  2016

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