Jann Weeratunga was born in 1963. She has lived and worked in London, UK: Sri Lanka: UAE and Bahrain. Currently, she lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.
She was a Primary School Teacher and a Scout/Cub Leader for over 20 years, which she feels was a very good grounding for what Middle-Grade Readers enjoy reading about.
The Polly’s Piralympics Series was written and inspired by the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Paralympic Games. In his closing speech, Sir Phillip Craven told of how a young boy was reading with his mother. In the book, he saw a man with an eye patch, a hook for a hand, a parrot on his shoulder and a wooden leg. When asked who it was, he said: “Well he has only one leg, so he must be an Olympian.” Such was the strength of the London 2012 Paralympics that it changed peoples’ perceptions of disability forever. The speech made her both laugh and cry and gave her the inspiration for this series of books which are both unique in concept as well as content and format.
Polly’s Piralympics Series includes: How Polly Became a Pirate, Polly Ya Nae can Fly, Polly’s Piralympics, Polly’s Inuit Piralympics, Polly’s Hogmanay Holiday and soon to be released Polly’s Green Isle Piralympics.
For younger readers: The Toucane the Toucan Series – Toucane is Different and Toucane Hates Rubbish and the Henrietta (Hetty) the Hornbill Series – Don’t Push, Pinch or Punch the first of which will be published in June 2018.
In March 2018 she set up the Schools Reading Road Show with the aim of improving literacy for pupils in the Primary sector. Together with other authors she visits schools, reads to the learners and gives motivational talks on anti-bullying and it’s ok to be different.
She has also written over 100 poems due to be published May 2018