Jane's Bio

Born to Welsh parents in 1936, Jane Buttery grew up in England where she earned an honours history degree in 1959. After living in Malaysia where she taught for 4 years, and traveling in the Far East, she came to Canada with her husband in 1965.  Since then, she has taught and lived in Essex County. Her keen interest in this community has led her to write books about the area. She believes young children can relate to places they know well such as Colasanti's, harrow-fairthe Harrow Fair, Jack Miner's Bird Sanctuary and historic Amherstburg. Her motto is to celebrate where we all live in books that educate as well as entertain.

For over ten years (1992-2003), Jane was involved with the educational programs for the Windsor Symphony. Her love of music led her to sing with the WS Chorus and to write several educational guides for teachers which have been well received. She is regular supporter of WSO concerts and loves classical music as well as the theatre. Jane continues her volunteer work with the Hospice of Windsor which she began in 1990. In two of her books, she has written music for a song and a carol.

Jane and her brother, John - 1940

Jane is also a pastoral care visitor in her local Anglican Church and really enjoys leading Bible studies, visiting people and writing about church events. She has now written several biographies for local people; some of these were with cancer patients as a volunteer writer for the local Hospice.

Since retiring from teaching, she has also given talks to students about her books and about local history as well as giving power point presentations on writing life stories.

true-frindsBut she still makes time to write for children and enjoys visiting schools to talk about creative writing Her recent books include a picture book about jack Miner’s called TRUE FRIENDS and a historical novel that covers the lives of two women before and during the war of 1812-14; it shows their lives at the crossroads of history.

She is married to a research scientist Brian and has brought up four children with him. In 2016, Jane finished another picture book about Point Pelee National Park and will eventually pen another local historical novel. Her love of research and joy in her community keeps her writing.