Jann Weeratunga was born in London 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. This she feels was a very good grounding for what Middle Grade Readers enjoy reading about.
Polly’s Piralympics is the fifth children’s book she has written and was 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.
Other books are: The Magic Vuvuzela (re: soccer and South Africa) and Peter’s Wimbledon Dreams (re: tennis and the UK) both self-published through Amazon.
Tane’s Rugby Dream (re: Rugby and New Zealand) and Cricket Crazy (re: cricket and Sri Lanka) and as yet unpublished.
She has also written over 100 poems published on the voicesnet.com website under Jan Weeratunga.