Calling for Submissions: Anthology

30/11/2020 // by Jan Moran Neil

Calling for Submissions: Anthology ‘When This is All Over…’ by Jan Moran Neil from Creative Ink for Writers.
It was during one of those long April 2020 walks whilst dodging joggers and cyclists that the idea of a pandemic thoughts historical document occurred to me. It would have to be for a charitable cause so that contributors were passing their lockdown time in both a productive and helpful way.
Having been a founder editor of the writers’ anthology Rhyme & Reason which has raised over £60,000 for the Iain Rennie Hospice since 1991 and subsequently for Rennie Grove until the magazine’s demise in 2018, I thought I might have a shot at launching this idea. Although Creative Ink has raised thousands of pounds for various charities with various wordy and Thespian activities the choice of charity was, as Kevin Bacon might say, ‘a no-brainer’. Having worked alongside the Iain Rennie charity for nine years I passed the editorial reins over to a fresh hands at Christmas 2000. A few days later my mother fell ill and was taken to Stoke Mandeville Hospital right into the New Year of 2001. It was then that I made my call to Iain Rennie and ‘swifter than the wandering moon’, all was in place for my mother’s return home where she died on Valentine’s Day, in the sensitive hands of Rennie Nurse Anne Howard with whom to this Christmas I have exchanged cards. That sentence seems as long as the one we have had all year …
We have received over 300 submissions from Nottingham to New Zealand but are looking to Rennie Grove’s nurses, volunteers and staff to please submit up to 200 words. Contributions from anyone, any age also welcome. This could be prose or poetry. This could be your story or someone else’s story. It could be fiction or simply your thoughts about 2020 … and beyond. You don’t need to have called yourself a writer. Some of the best submissions have simply been written from the heart.
Send to info@janmoranneil.co.uk as a word attachment if possible. If not, I will cut and paste from the body of the email. Add a sentence or two about who you are and where you are from. If you have published a book we are happy to mention that too. Two restrictions: keep your submission under 200 words and don’t mention the word ‘unprecedented’!
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A Room of One’s Own

13/11/2020 // by Jan Moran Neil

‘A Room of One’s Own’ by Ms Paige Turner

My three year old granddaughter locked herself and a friend in the bathroom. My daughter tried all the tricks in the book to get her to open the door. When finally she said, ‘Right, Maddie. No books tonight!’

Open Sesame. (Reward for all those ‘Tiger who Came to Tea’ and other readings.)

In the light of events, the deadline is extended for another six months until March 31st, 2021. The key to this decision is, well – in the title.

The brief is: poems or prose (fiction or creative non-fiction) up to 200 words. Add a sentence or two about yourself and where you come from. (Do mention any of your word wares.) You can have published your piece elsewhere. An attached Word document is helpful with your name on the submission. And please spread the word.

We are particularly interested in knowing about what has happened in your geographical corner, your work or retirement. This will be a historical document and getting a true reflection of how we are dealing with the pandemic is where our light should shine. So even if you have already submitted, please keep doing so. It’s good to be in touch. Just avoid the word ‘unprecedented’ please.

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If You Are At a Loose End

30/10/2020 // by Jan Moran Neil

‘If You are at a Loose End …’ by Ms Paige Turner
I am re-posting this blog bi-month for all but specifically for the Rennie Grove Nurses who have been given a link to my blog. Please send your words and your stories in to info@janmoranneil.co.uk.
If you are at a loose end – and aren’t we all one way or another? Then think about writing up to 200 words for the anthology with the working title ‘When This is All Over …’The deadline has been extended until March 31st. The reason is to be found in the title. It just goes on. I have been doing some proof reading on the 300 or so submissions that have come in so far. So here’s some themes:
This Planet and Others, Coffee, The Woe of Weddings, Losing Loved Ones, Hospitals, Theatres, Birthdays, Christmas, Shopping, Domestic Abuse, Being Stranded, Earrings, Dogs, Grandchildren, Being Educated (written by children) Being Alone, Hair, Cyclists and Joggers, Rainbows, Kissing, Bin Days, Key Workers and much much more.
I’ve had fictitious and factual prose, haiku, villanelles, sestinas and sonnets. (I love structured poetry – please have a go.)
I’ve received submissions from California, Mississippi, Scotland, Dublin, Spain, Cape Town, Amsterdam, Birmingham, Cardiff, Belfast, Manchester, Canada, France, New Zealand – almost as many as the collection of global dolls I collected as a child. And from 9-90 year olds. And from mothers and fathers and grandmothers and grandfathers, and from award winning script writers and actors and stage managers and nurses and doctors and my sister. I could go on. We are particularly interested to hear about your Covid story, as everyone has one. On that, there is no doubt.
So – in aid of the Rennie Grove Nurses, keep them coming. You don’t have to be a professional writer. Do add a sentence or two about yourself and where you are from. The piece can be published elsewhere and you can mention your word wares if you have them. Just avoid the word ‘unprecedented’.

Creative Ink helped start the anthology ‘Rhyme & Reason’ which raised over £60,000 for the Iain Rennie Hospice from 1991 and was actively helping to raise funds until the anthology’s demise in 2018. Through Creative Ink productions over £4000 has been raised for The British Heart Foundation, Brave Hearts & Souls, Cancer Research, Leukaemia Research, Educating Joy and working with youngsters in Cape Town townships. www.janmoranneil.co.uk

 

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If You Are at a Loose End …

20/10/2020 // by Jan Moran Neil

‘If You are at a Loose End …’ by Ms Paige Turner
If you are at a loose end – and aren’t we all one way or another? Then think about writing up to 200 words for the anthology with the working title ‘When This is All Over …’The deadline has been extended until March 31st. The reason is to be found in the title. It just goes on. I have been doing some proof reading on the 300 or so submissions that have come in so far. So here’s some themes:
This Planet and Others, Coffee, The Woe of Weddings, Losing Loved Ones, Hospitals, Theatres, Birthdays, Christmas, Shopping, Domestic Abuse, Being Stranded, Earrings, Dogs, Grandchildren, Being Educated (written by children) Being Alone, Hair, Cyclists and Joggers, Rainbows, Kissing, Bin Days, Key Workers and much much more.
I’ve had fictitious and factual prose, haiku, villanelles, sestinas and sonnets. (I love structured poetry – please have a go.)
I’ve received submissions from California, Mississippi, Scotland, Dublin, Spain, Cape Town, Amsterdam, Birmingham, Cardiff, Belfast, Manchester, Canada, France, New Zealand – almost as many as the collection of global dolls I collected as a child. And from 9-90 year olds. And from mothers and fathers and grandmothers and grandfathers, and from award winning script writers and actors and stage managers and nurses and doctors and my sister. I could go on. We are particularly interested to hear about your Covid story, as everyone has one. On that, there is no doubt.
So – in aid of the Rennie Grove Nurses, keep them coming. You don’t have to be a professional writer. Do add a sentence or two about yourself and where you are from. The piece can be published elsewhere and you can mention your word wares if you have them. Just avoid the word ‘unprecedented’.

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Extended Deadline … by Ms Paige Turner

02/10/2020 // by Jan Moran Neil

Thank you to all who have submitted to the anthology ‘When This is All Over …’ which is in aid of the Rennie Grove Nurses. Already there has been over 300 submissions from across the globe.

In the light of events, the deadline is extended for another six months until March 31st, 2021. The key to this decision is, well – in the title.

The brief is: poems or prose (fiction or creative non-fiction) up to 200 words. Add a sentence or two about yourself and where you come from. (Do mention any of your word wares.) You can have published your piece elsewhere. An attached Word document is helpful with your name on the submission. And please spread the word.

We are particularly interested in knowing about what has happened in your geographical corner, your work or retirement. This will be a historical document and getting a true reflection of how we are dealing with the pandemic is where our light should shine. So even if you have already submitted, please keep doing so. It’s good to be in touch. Just avoid the word ‘unprecedented’ please. Send to: info@janmoranneil.co.uk

Creative Ink News

Chris Johnson aka John Christopher Johnson has had poetry published this year in Morphrog, Sentinel, London Grip, Popshot and Orbis.

Out of 2662 entries, Creative Inker Pat Abercromby was highly commended in the King Lear Short Story competition.

My four plays: Blackberry Promises, Brave Hearts & Baggage, The Deadly Factor (formerly published by New Theatre Publishing and now ceased trading) and A President in Waiting are all now being published by Stage Scripts. www.stagescripts.com

Thank you to the patient evening workshop writers and especially to Suzie Cullen who was hosting the event due to kick off last March. We will get there.

Creative Inker Margaret Paton died earlier this year. For those of you who knew Margaret you will remember her as a lovely petite and intellectually astute lady. I am delighted that her son David has submitted to the anthology as his mum would have done. As well as Jonathan Dancer, Pat’s son. Write on.

 

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Happy Coral Anniversary by Ms Paige Turner

19/09/2020 // by Jan Moran Neil

Bored Husband

‘Your husband has just called
to say you can buy anything in this shop,’
the plaque reads.

But my husband stares out to sea;
examines the mainsails of catamarans
whilst I examine the ‘Just Cruisin’’
swimwear.

We know everything in life
carries a price tag.

Amongst the bric-a-brac
there is another plaque which reads
‘Bored Husband.’

I turn to check the price tag.
On the flip side reads …
‘Not for Sale.’

Jan Moran Neil

Ah for the sea …
Deadline coming up at the end of September for the anthology ‘When This is All Over’ – up to 200 words for the Rennie Grove Nurses. Send through my website.

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The Magic and Madness of 2020

06/09/2020 // by Jan Moran Neil

‘The Magic and Madness of 2020…’ by Ms Paige Turner.
Last night Mr Justin Case and I had a gander round some Amazon Prime films as we had signed up. Within minutes we had decided on viewing ‘The Professor and the Madman’ – the story of the laborious making of the Oxford Dictionary. That caught my eye. We had dinner and sat down and viewed.
How swift that all was. As a child my mother, sister and I would regularly trundle on several buses to stand in a queue stretching round corners at the Granada in Thornton Heath or the Odeon in South Norwood. It always rained. But the umbrellas seemed to be part of ‘going to the pictures’. We could never be sure there were tickets available when we reached the kiosk but were truly grateful for our efforts when we managed to get seats. We could be sure we would see Fred MacMurray magnified and that we would have to queue yet again for a Lyons choc ice which was always sold by a uniformed girl during the interval, probably after the B film in anticipation of the A. We three would then queue for several buses and trundle home. (Dad would have been on a late shift at Clapham Junction railway station and anyway his arthritis wouldn’t permit cinema seats.)
Of course, if I was sick in the night from too much choc ice, Mum could always phone Doctor James or Doctor Crouch and one or other would appear in minutes as if by magic.
I pondered on all this when I didn’t like to take my GP’s time in booking a telephonic appointment this week. I was truly grateful to get a text message from the medical surgery reception passing on a piece of advice from a GP I didn’t know about my broken toe.
What has been happening to you this wonderful and mad 2020? Write me under 200 words for the anthology ‘When This is All Over …’ in aid of the Rennie Grove Nurses and send to info@janmoranneil.co.uk

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Overstrung by Ms Paige Turner

25/08/2020 // by Jan Moran Neil

‘Overstrung’ by Ms Paige Turner

Overstrung

My moistened cloth
dabs discord
on your cream keys,
which you have oiled
with finger grease
over years
spilling tears,
plodding keys
to please.

My veined fingers
make amusical nonsense,
like my wired voice
post breakfasts
tuned into “scales”.

Here have we both played
imperfect harmonies,
plodding keys
to please.

You know,
this piano
is bigger than both of us.

1997

There has been a piano in our home for almost thirty years but as you can hear in the poem above, I never played but polished. This morning two gentlemen came to lift her away, covering her black spruce in a shroud. Tomorrow I shall hear her in tune when my daughter plays what she learnt so well at Chorleywood piano lessons whilst I sat marking words in the car. I have earned the music but she is moved now to a new home.

The poem was published in my collection ‘Serving Bluebird Pie’ which the talented Heather Scott illustrated with such acute observation. I wish I could display her picture here: it’s of black crotchets splashing tears on to keys. I hear a new poem coming on …

Here’s to you sending me new words for the new anthology ‘When This is All Over’. Up to 200 words for the Rennie Grove Nurses please. To info@janmoranneil.co.uk and don’t forget a sentence or two of who you are and where you are from.

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A Triolet for Laurie Lee

10/08/2020 // by Jan Moran Neil

A Triolet for Laurie Lee – 14.5.97 by Ms Paige Turner
In last bi-month’s blog I wrote about the nine VIPs I had met and clean forgot about getting drunk with Laurie Lee. I tried to sell a feature to ‘The Oldie’ outlining this experience but the editor told me, ‘It’s difficult to find someone who hasn’t got drunk with Laurie Lee, Jan’.

A Triolet for Laurie Lee – 14.5.97

When I shared scotch on the rocks with Laurie Lee
it was a cold November night but now Laurie’s dead.
I asked, “Did you do it with Rosie?”
when I shared scotch on the rocks with Laurie Lee.
He wasn’t sharing any secrets and unfortunately
he was sixty eight. My fate. Too late. “Cider is sweeter,” he said
when I shared scotch on the rocks with Laurie Lee.
It was a cold November night, but now? – Laurie’s dead.

First and second lines are repeated throughout this eight line verse. Any number of syllables can be used. The repeated lines should take on new meaning and form a different part of the sentence each time.
Short thought provoking.

PLEASE KEEP SENDING YOUR 200 WORDS OR LESS IN TO ME FOR THE ‘WHEN THIS IS ALL OVER’ ANTHOLOGY. GOD SPEED THE VERITABLE VACCINE.

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Name Drop In Centre by Ms Paige Turner

02/08/2020 // by Jan Moran Neil

1. Chris Biggins
2. Kate O’Mara
3. Dr Liam Fox
4. James Corden
5. Elton John
6. Carrie Fisher
7. David Essex
8. Kenneth Branagh
9. Christine Keeler
10. The Queen
I once drove Chris Biggins round Trafalgar Square in my mini whilst he opened the window and shouted, ‘Help. I’m being kidnapped’. Kate O’Mara once drove me home when I was in tears, nursing a bunch of red roses a cheating boyfriend had sent me and she told me to shove them up his arse. Dr Liam Fox told me to put a plaster on my daughter’s chicken pox spot. (I’m so pleased he went into politics.) I told James Corden in Costas that a TV Sit Com featuring a girl from Cardiff called Stacey and a boy from Essex called Gavin would never work. I stood right next to Elton John one Saturday night when he played the song by that name back to front from the top of his piano at the Shaw Theatre. Carrie Fisher loved a boy whose best friend once loved me. The Queen asked me how the weather had been that summer in Regent’s Park but she didn’t wait for a reply. I told Kenneth Branagh that I couldn’t hear a syllable of the dialogue in ‘Another Country’ from the back of the stalls and I’m sure he cannot recollect. And no, alas, I did never film those scenes on the beach and on a roller coaster in the film ‘That’ll Be the Day’ with the gorgeous David Essex as the Central School of Screech and Trauma wouldn’t let me go and collect my Equity Card on the Isle of Wight. But that was all another country.
PS I once served tea to Christine Keeler

Spread your Lovely Words and Not the Virus.

An Anthology entitled ‘When This is All Over …’ in aid of the Rennie Grove Hospice Care which is a charity providing specialist nursing care and support for adults and children with a life-limiting illness.

Please send me any poems (Haiku? Limericks? Clerihew? Sonnets? Freestyle?) fiction or creative non-fiction up to 200 words for the anthology.  Do write about your thoughts, wishes, hopes, reflections, experiences at this time: what is happening in your world and what is happening to the world out there. Submissions free and from all ages welcome to info@janmoranneil.co.uk

There is no limit to submissions and published successes are welcome too. The closing date for now is September 30th. I’ve had submissions from 9 to 90 year olds and from Dublin, Spain, South Africa, USA, Holland, New Zealand and Birmingham.

Also, give me one sentence describing yourself and where you come from.

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