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I am Ella Jo Street, born in England in 1966.
My Latest Project
My latest project is writing children's fiction about a witch called Gwubbins. I wanted to write stories that I would have enjoyed reading as a child, and a witch who makes mistakes and embarks upon adventures seems to be my taste!
I have enjoyed creating the characters and honing the story-telling skills that even simple children's tales require. Four stories are now available, and I am presently working on another.
I am delighted to collaborate with illustrator Mary Lou Sprinstead who has supplied the artwork for many of the e book cover pages.
A gallery has been set up on line for children to send in their pictures relating to the Gwubbins stories. More details about the Gwubbins project can be found on my very own Gwubbins website - see below for address.
About Ella Jo
After many years of making music and holding down a day job I left my home town in the South of England to pursue my dream of travelling. I travelled to India and explored this fascinating country from coasts to mountains. Returning on two more occasions over the years, I found that experiencing India's intense culture provided gateways to self improvement. Thus I undertook meditation classes in Bodgaya and singing lessons in Varanasi, and did many, many tarot readings.
My writing career began when I published an article called 'The Origins of Tarot' (Femspec Magazine, 2007). This was written after research undertaken in Bengal and is now published in my book 'Does Tarot Come From India?'
Turkey is another country that has enchanted me - poised between east and west, it is home to fascinating history and has been influenced by centuries of transient cultural influences. This wonderful country allowed me to discover clues for the origins and development of Tarot. 'Journey of a Tarot Reader' begins with my travel diary and relates how fate spun my story. On my return home I had the luxury of the internet to research many things I had discovered 'out on the road', and thus I was able to expand the book with solid research.
Thus 'Does Tarot come from India?' will appeal to those with a little more in-depth knowledge of Tarot, whilst 'Journey Of A Tarot Reader' can also appeal to novices. I am pleased to be able to present theories from a slightly different angle on the appearance of tarot in Europe.
I have written other books that study tarot including in-depth analysis about The Magician, The High Priestess, The Empress and The Emperor. These books will eventually be part of the 'The Edictum of Tarot'- a long term project unsuitable for ebooks. If you are a publisher interested in this work, please contact me.
(Please note that I have a responsibility to keep my clients information confidential, thus my books are about the meaning of the cards, NOT about my client's personal matters).
As a singer/songwriter I continue to work on music projects - having recorded and co-produced four albums.
I released the albums: ‘Limits Of Milkweed’,‘Alter Ego’ and ‘Attitude Is Everything’ in 2008 and 2010 on the Diamond Seeds Label. My latest album, entitled 'Almost Anglo Saxon' was released January 2015.
Lyric books to accompany my albums will be available in the future.