Janet Dean was born in Barnsley and now lives in York. She works as a coach, facilitator and consultant in the public and voluntary sectors, and had recently completed an MA in Creative Writing at York St John University. As a poet she has been published in print and online magazines and anthologies, and was shortlisted in the Bridport Prize in 2012. Janet is currently working on a first collection and a novel. The resourcing and creation of identities is a theme which runs through her creative work.