Welcome to Janice Dempsey's Personal Site
Loving the life I live....
I trained in the 1960's as a fine artist at the Central School of Art in London (UK) and earned a living for over thirty years as an art teacher in secondary schools, with a break of 9 years in the 1980's when I went abroad to Brunei and Bangladesh with my husband, then became a mother. When I retired from teaching, I continued to paint and also became interested in writing poetry. As Jan Windle, for three years after separating from my then husband, I went to southern Italy as often as I could, drawing and painting in Sorrento and on the Amalfi Coast. Meeting Dónall, the poet and spoken word performer whom I later married, changed my life again. We are a strong partnership, publishing poetry pamphlets and collections and hosting monthly spoken word events and book launches, online since the pandemic began in 2019. Our publishing website is dempseyandwindle.com. I'm in the process of adding copies of a journal I wrote as Jan Windle, on a now defunct blog, as a memoir for myself of my visits to Italy, where for one season I painted and sold my pictures in Positano before exploring the north and east of the country. (Links under 'BLASTS FROM THE PAST' below)
- What is this site for?
- There may occasionally be poems by me.
- What will not appear on this site?
- There will be no articles on politics. Politics are important to me but this is not a place where I shall discuss them.