People move to Spain for all sorts of reasons, and often turn to something different in their new life in the sun, but it’s unlikely that too many of them possess such extraordinary talents as Jan Cave Barry and Jim Barry, or have such a prosaic reason for moving.
‘We were fed up with the weather in Ireland,’ says Jim, who hails from Dublin and now lives with Jan in Torrevieja. Lots of people carve out new lives for themselves when they move over to Spain, and Jim and Jan are no exceptions. However, this is not just a case of giving up the office job and trying their hand at writing to pass their time in retirement. Singer, songwriter and performer Jim is now a successful artist, while Jan has morphed from dancer and theatrical performer to children’s author and artist, although she modestly describes her particular brand of art as ‘daubing.’