Japan Society Northwest, Japanese Garden Society, Manchester

Jannette was delighted to accept an invitation by the Japan Society Northwest and the Japanese Garden Society to give an illustrated talk and reading of the new noh Between the Stones in Manchester on 27 October 2018. Given the strong link to gardens in the new noh, Jannette (and friends Maurice & Linda) were delighted to have the opportunity in the morning of a guided tour to the Walkden Japanese Garden, by Ioan Davies, Chair of the Japanese Garden Society, Northwest Region, and to meet a number of the JGS volunteers’ as they braved the cold winds for an Autumn tidy-up!

In the afternoon Jannette enjoyed meeting a number of JSNW members after she gave her illustrated talk and reading of Between the Stones in the Manchester International Society building. Several members of the audience came up to Jannette after the reading and she was humbled when they said they had been moved to tears. Joan Horley, Secretary of the JSNW, wrote to Jannette soon after:

The presentation on Saturday was excellent. Really informative and the reading of Between the Stones was beautiful and very moving. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you!
— Joan Horley, Secretary of Japan Society Northwest
The author’s interest, enthusiasm and mastery of the detail was apparent during the performance. The highlight for me was Jannette’s reading of the play, when she showed the nuances within the story and the sensitive background. This brought tears to the eyes of some of the audience.
— Maurice Mealing