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Anne Jordan


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Reply Anne Jordan
5:42 AM on April 28, 2015 
Hello I?m new. My name is Anne Jordan and this is about me, well just a little bit!
I was born in Ripon North Yorkshire and moved to Leicester in 1978 after getting married. I have two grandchildren and two foster grandchildren.
?I have a dream. * is a well known start to the life changing speech that Martin Luther King delivered in 1963 in which he movingly called for the end of racial inequality and discrimination. I listened to these words in church ( Knighton Evangelical Church Leicester) one Sunday morning and it made me think ?What is MY dream.?
I was A Skills for Life tutor, working mainly with adults with learning difficulties and or disabilities but also with people with literacy needs and I have also taught adults recovering from mental health problems. I retired from my job in June Two Thousand and Twelve
I began writing in Two Thousand and Seven when I entered a story for a, B.B.C. East Midlands, R.A.W competition. The task was to write a short bedtime children?s story I didn?t win but was one of the runner ups and my prize was a W.H.S. 10 gift voucher. My story was put on to the learning platform (a website used by adult tutors in Leicestershire) and was downloaded by a young tutor. Sometime later I had an e- mail from the tutor?s young daughter to say she had enjoyed reading my short story and would I write another one. I obliged (with her mother?s consent) and sent it off. I then had a reply to say she had enjoyed it and she thought I should write a book! It was great to have a fan, especially one I have not met!
Since then I have written 6 more children?s short stories, they are about a cat called Windsor who lives with a mother and son family. The son is a young child with autism.
Later on I began to write short adult stories, again with characters with learning difficulties and or a physical disability in them. At the end of some of my stories I have written a short ?Fact byte? about the disability/ learning difficulty mentioned in the story. I put these stories together and self published them two years ago with Amazon. The main reason was to give copies to my friends and families at Christmas.
My eldest daughter suggested I had a go at writing a book. I have now finished it; the main character is a young man with a non specific learning disability called Jimmy. The setting is World War 2 Jimmy is on the way to the outside toilet when an explosion occurs. His grandma whom he lives with is killed but he survives and is taken to hospital.
He has no understanding about death so has no idea where his grandma has gone. Two people he knows well try to explain that she has died but the words they use confuse him. He is left with the strange idea his grandma is behind the sea and he must find her. But he doesn?t know what the sea looks like and where it is. Where does he begin?
A local catholic priest finds some work for Jimmy on a farm which he accepts as he thinks the sea might be there.
After a number of failed attempts to find the sea Jimmy ends up in Dover. This is where he begins to learn about death by witnessing it for the first time. Finally he becomes involved in the rescue of the B.E.F from the beaches of Dunkirk and realises for the first time that his Grandma is dead.
At Dunkirk he encounters a bully he met whilst working at the farm who has since joined up. Jimmy has a choice to make does he rescue the bully or not? He decides to rescue him but dies in the attempt. Jimmy becomes a hero.

I would like to share my stories to people who would like to learn about different types of learning difficulty. Two years ago my five year old grandson was diagnosed with classic autism at the age of three. He is a joy to be with he is now my inspiration for writing.
My life has been enriched by knowing a number of people with learning difficulties. I am so grateful to the Lord for letting me be part of their lives.

Anne Jordan


*Quote from Martin Luther King 1929-1968 ?I have a dream? in his speech delivered on his March on Washington rally for jobs and freedom.