Jane Bwye



I entertain and inform the young and old by giving talks on various matters close to my heart.

Themes include Africa, travels, volunteering, writing, setting up in business.


  Matric(History)Oxon; B(Bus) University of Southern Queensland.

Member: Society of Authors, Toastmasters International.

Books: Museum Mixtures, (1988) a cookbook in aid of the Kenya Museum Society; St. Wilfrid’s, A History (2013) commemorating the 50th anniversary of St.Wilfrid’s Church, Lower Willingdon; a novel, Breath of Africa(2013) which was nominated for The Guardian First Book Award; the sequel, Grass Shoots(2017); and a novella I Lift Up My Eyes(2014) set in Sussex.

  I lived for fifty-five years in Kenya, where we were privileged to bring up our large family.

An intermittent free-lance journalist since the 1960s, I have owned businesses and managed projects for consultancy firms. I am an ex-secondary school teacher and have organised Pony Club and cadet sailing camps, and National Junior squash events.

Volunteering experiences include Museum Guide for National Museums of Kenya, a short-term placement in Namibia for Voluntary Services Overseas, an Advocate for Age Concern East Sussex, and client adviser for small business start-ups for an Eastbourne charity, People Matter.

My children and grandchildren are scattered over three continents, and I’ve become a world traveller buying a bird book in every country I visit.

School visits. My favourite experience is sitting in a cosy circle in a school library with a select group of budding writers of any age, exchanging views on favourite authors, how to dream, the art of writing, or anything else you may wish me to cover. 

Talks to adults. I have a varied collection of slides and a wealth of life experience to draw upon for subject matter. I am happy to adapt my talks to suit your requirements. 

Interviews. I have been interviewed on BBC Sussex radio, and welcome enquiries.

Fees are negotiable, based on Society of Authors recommendations. 



  • Life in Africa – Then and Now.    An overview with slides, focussing on Kenya from the days of the bushmen through colonial times and independence into the present day.
  • Charity – Does it Work in Africa?   An exploration into various ways of helping the third world, including charity, inter-governmental aid, investment and volunteering. With some slides.
  • Culture Shock.    Stories and slides highlighting cultural and historic experiences in a ten-month “walkabout” round the world.
  • Doing Something for Nothing.   What’s in it for me? Depends on what you mean by nothing. An exploration of motives and experiences as a volunteer.
  • The Power of Dreaming.   You never stop learning: a light-hearted look forwards and back on an upside down life.
  • The Writing Process. Why do you write and how do you start; should it be fact or fiction? Research. Where do you write from; how themes reveal themselves in the course of writing, and how the story takes on a course of its own. I am happy to adapt to your requirements.
  • Forty Years of Gestation. The rocky road to publication. Family demands, rejections, criticisms, the advantages and pitfalls of peer review websites, rubbing shoulders with real authors, thinking about self-publication. Finding a publisher.






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Saturday, 27 January 2018 04:39