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

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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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Name Drop in Centre by Ms Paige Turner

09/07/2020 // by Jan Moran Neil

Which one of these celebrities have I never met? Free assessment (up to 200 words) for the first one in with the correct answer!
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

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, India and Birmingham.

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

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‘Shakespeare’s Clock’ by Jan Moran Neil

30/06/2020 // by Jan Moran Neil

This is the title of my next novel and I have just signed with Cranthorpe Millner Publishers. It will be out next year. Let’s hope I will be able to launch in person.

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 and Birmingham.

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

www.janmoranneil.co.uk

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‘God Speed the Vaccine …’

13/06/2020 // by Jan Moran Neil

‘God Speed the Vaccine’ by Ms Paige Turner – Blog 243

Karen Gray-Kilfoil who runs the Scribblers Writers’ group in Fish Hoek, Cape Town has asked me to help her out in a Live Webinair meeting next week. She would like a list of topics writers can tackle for my ‘When This is All Over’ anthology which I am putting together for the Rennie Grove nurses. I am anxious. Not about the topics which you can see below but by tuning in to Live Webinair and hitting on the right buttons. Like ‘Payees’ and ‘Amounts’ on bank transfers, where I always think what I have is going Lord Knows Where. Yep. Skype, Zoom and now Live Webinair gets me like that. Where is what I have going?
So if you are stuck for submissions (to info@janmoranneil.co.uk any age, free submission, just add a sentence or two about who you are and where you come from) here’s some ideas:
‘The World Inside You’: Cleaning your Home, Cleaning your Cupboards, Cleaning your Laptop Docs, Cleaning. Exercise, The Dog, Cyclists, Joggers, People Dodging, the Weather, Nature, The Sea, The Sky, The Garden, Finances, Health Issues, Washing our Hands, Home Arrest, Self-Isolation, Alcohol, The Evening Meal, Baking, Teeth, Hair, The Refuse, Working from Home, Home Schooling, Writing the Book, The People you Live With, Domestic Abuse, The Home, TV News, Wimbledon, The Memory of Sitting on Someone’s Knee, The Memory of Someone Sitting on Your Knee, Zoom, Skype, The Internet, Scams, Live Webinair.
‘The World out There’: The Germ, Plastic, Paper, Christenings, Weddings, Funerals, Car Batteries, Wimbledon, Protesters, Statues, Racism, Holidays, Frontline Workers, Carers, Refuse Collectors, Postal Workers, Cleaners, Bankers, Administrators, Taxi Drivers, Dentists, Shop Workers, Shopping for Food, Pollution, Planes, Trains, Boats, Cars, PPE, Ventilators, Public Lavatories, Hospital Visits, Private Worship, The New Vocabulary, Social Distancing, New Ways, The New Norm, Antibodies, The Vulnerable, The Two Metre Rule, Support Bubbles, The ‘R’ Factor, Lockdown, The Globe.
Phew – I must confess to a glass of wine at the 5.00 pm briefing every day which I watch as I long to hear, ‘There are no new Covid related deaths today and there is a vaccine you can access tomorrow.’
Do send your words in. Spread Your Lovely Words and Not the Virus as Lives Matter.

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‘Sunday Shoes’ Commendation

27/05/2020 // by Jan Moran Neil

‘Sunday Shoes’ Commendation.
I was delighted to be one of three commendations after three winners in the Enfield National Poetry Competition. There were a thousand entries and the comp was judged by Ruth Padel. You can view the poem here:
www.enfieldpoets.com

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

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Born in the Time of Coronavirus

14/05/2020 // by Jan Moran Neil

Welcome to this extraordinary globe
Eleanor Rose.
And always remember, Ellie
there is a pharmacy inside your wonderful body.

Born Friday 1st May. 5 pounds 9 ounces.

Now we are into some more downtime, do send me your words.

Spread your Lovely Words and Not the Virus.

I am working on 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. Look forward too. Submissions free and from all ages welcome. Send to info@janmoranneil.co.uk

There is no limit to submissions and published successes are welcome. 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 and Birmingham. We’re all in it together.

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

Creative Ink News

Ruth Potts was one of my very first students in the late eighties. She sadly died last November. Those of you who attended classes with Ruth, and worked on Rhyme & Reason with her, will remember her as the kindest and sweetest of souls.

Pat Abercromby, along with other former Creative Inkers, has put together a delightful anthology called On Reflection which is available on Amazon.

Prolific poet Chris Johnson has been published in London Grip and Popshot and short listed for Acumen.

My poem ‘Sunday Shoes’ is one of six winners and commendations in the Enfield International Poetry Comp – 1000 entries and judged by Ruth Padel. You can read it here:

www.enfieldpoets.com

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Spread Your Lovely Words and Not the Virus …

25/04/2020 // by Jan Moran Neil

‘Spread your Lovely Words and Not the Virus …’by Ms Paige Turner
Dear Writers,
I am re-posting the info’ on submission for the anthology ‘When This is All Over …’ I’ve had submissions from 9 year olds and from Dublin, Spain, South Africa, USA, Canada and Birmingham.
Please send me any poems (Haiku? Limericks? Clerihew? Sonnets? Freestyle?) fiction or creative non-fiction up to 200 words for the anthology: ‘When This is All Over …’ But even Shakespeare had alternative titles (‘As You Like It’ or ‘What You Will’) so I may call it ‘Life in the Time of Coronavirus’. We’ll see. Do write about your thoughts, wishes, hopes, reflections on this time: what is happening in your world and what is happening to the world out there. I’ll put the best into an anthology and we’ll donate any profits to charity. Ideas for charities welcome. Submissions free and from all ages welcome to info@janmoranneil.co.uk

There is no limit to submissions and a closing date does sound a bit of an oxymoron so just lob your words in. We’re all in it together.
Give me one sentence describing yourself and where you come from.

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Spread Your Lovely Words and Not the Virus

17/04/2020 // by Jan Moran Neil

‘Spread your Lovely Words and Not the Virus …’ by Ms Paige Turner
Dear Writers,
Now there is downtime for another three weeks you may wish to do some writing. Please send me any poems (Haiku? Limericks? Clerihew? Sonnets? Freestyle?). And/or fiction or creative non-fiction up to 200 words for the anthology:
‘When This is All Over …’ But even Shakespeare had alternative titles (‘As You Like It’ or ‘What You Will’) so I may call it ‘Life in the Time of Coronavirus’. We’ll see. Do write about your thoughts, wishes, hopes, reflections on this time: what is happening in your world and what is happening to the world out there. I’ll put the best into an anthology and we’ll donate any profits to charity. Ideas for charities welcome. Submissions free and from all ages welcome to info@janmoranneil.co.uk

There is no limit to submissions and a closing date does sound a bit of an oxymoron so just lob your words in. I’ve had submissions from 9 year olds and from Dublin, Spain, South Africa and Birmingham. We’re all in it together.
Give me one sentence describing yourself and where you come from.

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When This is All Over …

03/04/2020 // by Jan Moran Neil

When This is All Over … by Ms Paige Turner
Over the next few weeks and months send me your poems and any narrative up to 200 words about your thoughts, wishes, hopes, reflections on this time: what is happening in your world and what is happening to the world out there. Unpublished submissions from all ages and no submission fee. I’ll put the best into an anthology with illustrations and we’ll donate any profits to charity. Ideas for charities welcome. The title? When This is All Over … So look forward too. Send to info@janmoranneil.co.uk
Closing Date – which is a bit of an oxymoron at this point – September 30th. Please add one sentence describing your status.
10% off all editing, assessment and proof reading fees during the time of Confinement to Barracks. (Please – I’m not touting for trade, but writing might just keep you sane.)
Starr Office Shop in Beaconsfield is photocopying and delivering your stationery needs free of charge locally. www.starrbusiness.co.uk
On Mother’s Day, I posted a note on Facebook saying that I couldn’t even place a daf on my mum’s grave. A few hours later I received a photo with … a daf on my mum’s grave. A former drama student of mine had read the post and remembered that some years earlier I had told her where my mother was buried. Kerriaberry must have spent a long, long time finding the grave. But just as she was about to give up Kerria found the grave. My mum must have done her own posting. How kind is all that?

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‘A Kind of Grief …’

20/03/2020 // by Jan Moran Neil

‘A Kind of Grief …’ by Ms Paige Turner
I’ve been in isolation all week and yet it’s been the busiest of weeks doing something which has been a lifelong anathema to me: cancelling. And I’ve been cancelled on. It’s a kind of grief. Having to let go of booked out evening workshops and a reunion with a full complement of college alumni. Face to face consultations, not to mention the gym. Alas, alas, alas. Ah to the plans of mice and men … And cheers … here’s to the overriding priority: your health.
But there’s one thing I can see burgeoning as my inbox seems to suggest: online editing and mentoring of your words. So here’s my fee sheet and to telephonic consultations. (I will do Skype but find them jumpy and distracting.)
Creative Ink for Writers and Creative Ink Publishing
Jan Moran Neil – MSt. Cantab, B.Ed.Hons CSSD
www.janmoranneil.co.uk
Critical Assessment, Editing & Proof Reading Services
10% off for Creative Ink enrolled writers.
Full length novel (80,000 words) £500
Full typed assessment emailed. Edits on text. Full proof read. (More or less than 80,000 words – to be agreed.) Handout sheets given where appropriate – separately – and not copied and pasted into my detailed and specific feedback of your words.
Synopses of novels – 500 words and lob back £50
One hour telephonic consultation for £50
£130 for a one hour and a quarter consultation, 3500 word assessment and 500 word synopsis inclusive. (Half fee due if cancelled within 24 hours of consultation.)Poems and synopses are twice the weight of straight narrative.
Tailor Made Packages – £150 – 10,000 words of narrative or 15 poems, ongoing assessment, email dialogue and modules on Beginning, (to include Developing an Idea and Synopsis), Characterisation, Viewpoint and Plot. (Send up to 5 batches.)
Articles, short stories (up to 2,500 words) £35
Poems whose weight in words are heavier than narrative. (An email lob back to check a re-draft.) £10
1. Please send an SAE or in the case of a novel, return postage or send online.
2. Weekly turnaround guaranteed.
3. Errors will be marked, suggestions made for alterations, marketing ideas given if possible.
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