Publications & Articles

Books written by Janet

Surrey Folk Tales – Published by History Press 2013

From the book’s rear cover:

Surrey’s landscape, shaped by the Devil’s mischief and the whims of dancing Pharisees, is home to a wealth of tales. For Surrey is a place where dragons have stalked, dripping poisoned saliva from their yellow teeth; a place where horses have sprouted wings in order to rescue bewitched villagers; a place where pumas with the gift of speech have prowled the countryside.

From the legends of Stephen Langton to the marvels of Captain Salvin and his flying pig, Janet Dowling has vividly retold these myths and stories of Surrey, and brought to life the county’s heroes, villains and saints.

Janet Dowling is a professional storyteller who has travelled the world to tell stories, run workshops, and collect local folktales and stories! She has travelled around the US exploring the use of folktales in bereavement, and has worked in Israel and Palestine enabling members of the diverse communities to share their personal stories and folktales.

She is the Chair of the Surrey Storytellers Guild, promoting storytelling for adults and children in Surrey, she has helped many a quivering wreck to become a confident storyteller! She has a MA in Children’s Literature and has written several articles on storytelling.

Naming the Green Man of the Medieval Church

Janet Dowling wins Folk Lore prize in April 2012

Janet receiving Folk Lore prize.

(Expanded version of the essay that won the folklore Society McDowall Award in 2011.)

Articles & Papers written by Janet

Therapeutic Storytelling

Chapter on Therapeutic storytelling with children with special needs  in Using Storytelling to Support Children and Adults with Special Needs: Transforming lives through telling tales by Nicola Grove (12 Nov 2012)

Power of Three – Storytelling and Bereavement

in Bereavement Care 2010 v29, no1 p29-32

Power of Three – Storytelling and Bereavement (PDF)

Storytelling in the Care of the Dying and the Bereaved By Janet Dowling

(report made after I was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship in 2006. )

Into the Snake Pit and out again – Mental Illness in Children’s Literature

Article Commissioned by the Booktrust 2006 (this was a shortened version of my dissertation for the MA Children’s Literature). Into the Snake Pit Article for the Book Trust (PDF)

The Alchemy of Number in Storytelling

First published in IBBYLink no 26 AUTUMN 2009.