About me

Rural Mallorca

Our rural Mallorca

Even as a child, I knew I wanted to be a writer: at the age of 11, I sent my first novel – entitled Jimmy, and written in my best joined-up writing (which wasn’t that neat, to be honest) – to a major publishing house in London. They sent me an encouraging letter, but did reject my minor masterpiece.

In the decade before moving to Mallorca in 2004, I was a radio presenter for both independent and, latterly for five years, BBC local radio. A bit of a workaholic, I also managed to squeeze some freelance copywriting, PR consultancy work, and occasional TV continuity announcing for Central ITV, into my work schedule. Before all this mania, I worked in PR for a European hotel chain’s UK HQ. To this day, I still love looking around, staying in, and writing about hotels.

The Big Move

Since 2004 I’ve lived in an old finca in rural Mallorca, where nature’s soundtrack of birds, insects, sheep bells, and braying donkeys plays as I continue my writing. This was a Big Move for a (then) frequently-high-heeled person who had lived most of her life in a city, town, or large village –  and never before had the slightest urge to live the bucolic life. Now I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.

My writing and broadcasting on Mallorca

Apart from this blog, I write on various Mallorca-related topics, with articles appearing in abcMallorca lifestyle magazine (for which most of my writing is done), The Telegraph (global edition), Living Spain, Food & Wine, and other print publications. I also write for online publications The Business Travel News, A Luxury Travel Blog, Insiders Abroad, and others.

Writers Abroad has published some of my short fiction and non-fiction in four of their international anthologies:

  • Short Story Anthology, 2010
  • Foreign Flavours, 2011
  • Foreign Encounters, 2012
  • Kaleidoscope, 2015

I’ve done a little more broadcasting since moving to Mallorca – the latest of which began in February 2015: I present a weekly programme called ‘Luxury lifestyle by abcMallorca’ on Mallorca Sunshine Radio, 106.1FM.

My likes, dislikes, and a dream

My passions (in addition to the aforementioned hotels) – in no particular order – are cooking, eating out (for several years I’ve been reviewing restaurants for abcMallorca magazine and writing about restaurants and hotels on TripAdvisor as ‘MallorcaJan’), Mallorcan wines, walking, being in the countryside, and the various males in my life (most of whom have four legs).

Three of our feline family taking advantage of the car's sun-warmed roof

Three of our feline family taking advantage of the car’s sun-warmed roof

The things I really don’t like are litter, mashed potatoes, and the thought of eating snails.

My dream is that a publisher somewhere will beg me to turn this blog into a book … one that will be published this time.

Follow me on Twitter @MallorcaJan. Email me on mallorcajanedwards@outlook.com

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Jan Edwards©2016

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16 thoughts on “About me

  1. Hello Jan,
    Could you please send me your email address so that I may give you details of how my husband is a Mallorca resident and world wide commuter from Esporles. You asked about people in this situation regarding a report being done. Thank you!

  2. HI Jan,

    Slightly strange request…

    I’m messaging from the British TV show “The Only Way is Essex”.

    We are coming to film in Mallorca from the 1st to the 12th July. We are trying to find a typical Spanish farmer to feature in one of our scenes.

    Do you know anyone who might fit the description?

    Also we are trying to find a goat!

    • Hi Brad

      Well, this had me smiling! Firstly, sorry for delay in responding. It’s been a busy time here.

      I do know a Mallorca farmer quite well but he’s very shy and wouldn’t want to be filmed, I suspect. I also know of a few goats, there being quite a few in rural Mallorca (and plenty of wild ones in the mountains). Without knowing exactly what you intended to do with these ‘locals’, I’m afraid I don’t think I can help on this occasion.

      I wish you luck with the filming – bring plenty of sunscreen!

      Best, Jan

  3. Hi Jan!

    Thank you for this wonderful blog! I am in the process of moving to Mallorca for my work and your blog has helped me tremendously. I’ve been living in China for three years and ready for a more relaxed and valued standard of living. I am keen amateur gardener and veg grower. Would you mind if I ask you tips regarding gardens further down the line once in established in Inca?

    Many thanks
    Kriss

    • Hi Kriss

      Sorry for delay in replying – we have visitors staying. How interesting that you are moving from China to Mallorca! Rather different here and will be a much better pace of life.

      Of course, I’d be happy to help if I can. Not much of an e pert though!

      Best wishes, Jan

  4. Hi Jan, my wife and I retire in May 2018. We have been given the chance of living in a Finca just down the hill to the west of Costix. We have stayed there on holiday and have been told by younger people, around Inca, that the people of Costix are very rural and do not care for outsiders. I think the best way to be partially accepted would be to learn to speak Mallorquin rather than Spanish. What do you think. Thanks, Kevin Green.

    • Hi Kevin! Apologies for the delay in replying. I hope you had a good Christmas and New Year.

      How exciting to have retirement to look forward to – and the chance to live in a finca near Costitx. It’s true that it is a very rural village, although I don’t know how the people there feel about outsiders moving there. I do believe that most people can be won over if you try and communicate with them in their own language and don’t do anything that may offend their sensitivities! Mallorquin will certainly be what they speak on a day-to-day basis (as it is in the much-larger Manacor), but it’s a dialect of Catalan and there are variations of it around the island – which makes things complicated. I’d probably opt for Spanish or Catalan because I doubt you’ll find classes or books to help you learn mallorquin. I think Spanish (castellano) is the more useful but, once you’re here and immersed in local life, making an effort to learn some of the local dialect (watching IB3 TV is helpful for this) should show that you’re wanting to become part of the community.

      All the best for your future on Mallorca, Jan

  5. Thank you Jan, we will keep you up to date as we near the time, it may not be on a permanent basis till I retire in May 2018.

  6. Hi Jan – I am very excited to have stumbled across your blog and I have signed up to get regular updates. We (me and husband) are moving to Palma, Majorca in one month (March 2017) really excited about that as well. Highly possible that I may need to pick your brain! Your blog looks great and I am looking forward to giving it a proper good read. Best Wishes Lynn Baldwin

    • Hi Lynn, Great to hear from you and thank you for signing up to receive updates. How exciting that you are moving to Palma – a lovely city, as you’ve obviously already discovered; you must be incredibly excited. Good luck with the move next month and perhaps I’ll hear from you again. Best wishes, Jan

  7. Hi Jan !we are a group /club of Expats living in Mallorca,we cover 5 Districts wit approximately 1000 members.Iam based in the SW ,Calvia area . T o entertain / keep busy our members we do lots of things , a question from SW District ,would you / couldyou give us a talk on rural life in Mallorca .A tentative enquiry.
    Regards .
    David .

      • Thanks for you reply Jan. No problem, we are in Extramadura on Holiday and will return Friday April 28th. I will contact you at a later date and can explain more and perhaps arrange a date for you to come and talk to our group.
        Best Regards.
        David.
        Vice Chairman ,South West District ESRA.( English Speaking Residents Association.
        Sent from my I pad

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