Zoë lives in Welwyn Garden City and grew up in Watford. A trained singer, she is co-founder and creative director of Hertfordshire based Felici Opera. Zoë has a BA in French and History and an MA in Victorian Studies – 19th Century art, history and literature.
Her first book, What the Wind Saw: Short Stories from the Heart of Hertfordshire is a collection of 25 short stories of the people, real and imagined, from a small tract of ancient land in the heart of Hertfordshire: Wheathampstead, The Ayots, Welwyn Garden City and St Albans. It is illustrated by Hertfordshire artist Stephen Hill.
The wind has always blown over these villages, fields, rivers, its towns and its city. It always will. We have the same worries, fears, hopes and dreams today as we have always had. We are connected to each other by our shared experiences, by the places that we live and by the paths that we tread. The wind narrates the stories through a prologue and an epilogue and makes its presence felt in the stories themselves. These are stories of friendship, power, love, grief and ambition inspired by the landscape and what is in it – John Bunyan’s Cottage, Shaw’s Corner, the annual Ayot St Lawrence art show, the Devil’s Dyke, St Albans market, a walk in the woods, a walk across the fields.
Her book has a foreword generously written by Robert Voss CBE CStJ, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire.
Find out more at: www.zoejasko.com