Joan is the author of 'Living With Arabs'. She was born and bred in Birmingham, UK. She spent four years commissioned in the Royal Air Force before starting a teaching career which lasted for 33 years. From 2004-2006, she was Head of English at the International Community School in Amman. On retirement in 2006, she remained in Jordan and spent 6 years living in Um Sayhoun with the Petra Bedouin.