Jane French is the most interesting person of Stephen Mallinder
This interview took place on a blisteringly cold day on a beautiful hill overlooking a cloud topped reservoire. The sheep reminded us that we were not alone, and that we should probably be wearing woolier coats.
It did not take long to feel at ease with Jane French, known as Frenchy, she is the heart of a very close group of friends who go ‘way back’. Loyal, fun-loving and caring group of people who showed me a side to Sheffield I feel honoured to have experienced.
Stuart Acker Holt
The Five Questions
What is your name and what would you say people best know you for?
My name’s Jane French, feisty, gobby, but loyal and practical
Where are we and why is this place interesting for you?
Redmires Reservoire five miles outside Sheffield. I keep returning to this place at all stages in my life. This is where I came when my dog died after 16 years and is the last place I came to before my great and inspiring friend Barbara died.
If there was one book the whole world should read, which book would that be?
I don’t think such a book exists, because if it did the world would be a much better place.
If there was one piece of music the world should hear which piece would that be?
Scum always rises to the top by Crooked Man. It’s a Sheffield track and is so poignant at the moment, the lyrics and the tune make the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end.
Who is the Most Interesting person you know in Sheffield and why?
Julie Stewart, she’s amazing! She can dance, she can sing, she can write and she’s just finished writing a movie set in Sheffield and I know it was a huge challenge for her.