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Hello! My name is Zoë Jasko, and I am a writer, and performer. I live in Hertfordshire with my husband and 4 children. I am also a trained opera singer, and I am co-founder and creative director of Hertfordshire based Felici Opera (www.feliciopera.com) which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2025. Since we founded, we have raised over £28K for national, international, and particularly local charities.

 

I love telling stories and creating characters, whether that’s on the page or on the stage. It makes me happy to bring them alive to you in talks and readings.

My new book, (my third), is a second collection of five novella length stories for adults. It’s called The Portraits on the Wall and it’s inspired by paintings of imaginary pets. It will be released 14th June 2024. One of the stories ‘Winnie’ is about a little dog in the Second World War. It was my research about pets during the war that lead to be finding out about Ferne Sanctuary, Somerset, and I am delighted to now be one of their ambassadors.

 

My first book, What the Wind Saw: Short Stories from the Heart of Hertfordshire was published in 2022. It's a collection of stories inspired from my walks in the countryside around where I live. I wrote this book because I am proud of the beautiful county of Hertfordshire, and I want others to enjoy it as much as I do. I also wrote my book to encourage us all to walk in the countryside - it's good for our physical health, our mental health, and our imaginations! What the Wind Saw is going to have a complete exhibition at Mill Green Museum July – November 2024.

My second book, my debut novel, Hope is Daffodil Bright, is a second world war book, inspired by a box of letters from soldiers I inherited from my grandmother who ran the WVS canteen in Grantchester near Cambridge. It blends the true story of Alice Bragg the leader of the WVS in Cambridge and the fictional Jean Barnet. I wrote my novel because I don’t want the hard work and generosity of a generation of women to be forgotten and to remind us that volunteering helps everyone, including the volunteer!

My books are published by the Hertfordshire independent publisher The Endless Bookcase.

 

 

Zoe Jasko author of Hope is Daffodil Bright, What the Wind Saw and The Portraits on the Wall
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