About me

I’m Joanne Bartley and this is my blog about life in Whitstable. I will witter about my various interests. These include:

Kent education. I’m not keen on our 11-plus system and think there’s a class divide in our secondary schools. I love nothing better than researching education stats.

Writing. I organise a local writing group, Writers of Whitstable. I’m half way through a novel and we’re publishing a book of short stories next May.

Web apps. I like inventing things and have developed two web programs, PlayMaker (a geolocation clue game) and Story Planner, a site for writers to develop stories and characters using template plans.

Museum of Fun. I set up a community group that puts on pop-up events involving art, science, fun, and welll.. anything goes really. I enjoy it because it’s such a hotch potch of  ideas and involves so many creative people. We made a cardboard version of our town, a smell museum, and many other mad things. I like using this project to create things no one has ever tried before.

Local issues. I care about my town and think it’s good to be an active citizen involved in democracy and working for the improvement of your home place. My husband is a Conservative councillor, and I enjoy the way that makes me aware of local government, you can find his excellent blog here.

Family life. I have two children, my son is eight and wants to be a YouTube star, my daughter is fifteen and wants to be a computer programmer. We love making board games together and playing Dungeons and Dragons.

I hope you enjoy my blog. If you want to get in touch contact me at Joanne@museumoffun.org.