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Not Fizzing in Bucks

20/01/2018 // by Jan Moran Neil

Not Fizzing in Bucks by Ms Paige Turner I’m sorry my three blog readers that this bi-monthly is a week late but I have had an internationally unknown flu virus. This means that for the past ten days I have been feeding myself on a diet of clementines and daytime television. Oh, my. I now […]

What is Christmas?

22/12/2017 // by Jan Moran Neil

‘What is Christmas?’ by Ms Paige Turner Catherine Klyhn has been organising evening workshops at her home or at local venues which I tutor quarterly for a number of years. The Christmas workshop is always a fun thing. (I don’t know how Catherine manages to provide the copious wine and nibbles inclusively on the fee […]

‘In Search of the Holy Teddy Bear’

16/12/2017 // by Jan Moran Neil

‘In Search of the Holy Teddy Bear’ by Ms Paige Turner When I was three years old I went to the London Palladium with my mother, sister and her friend. This is important: that my elder sister and her friend came too. My mother was approached in the foyer and asked, as I was the […]

Living for a Thousand Years or More …

05/12/2017 // by Jan Moran Neil

‘Living for a 1000 years or more …’ by Ms Paige Turner Heather Smith is the chairman of Abbeyfield Residential Home in Gerrards Cross and an old friend. No, she’s not old but I’ve known Heather since I started teaching Creative Writing in Beaconsfield thirty years ago. How time flies and fugits. Heather has done […]

Oh Very Young – Blog 177

26/11/2017 // by Jan Moran Neil

‘Oh Very Young’ – Blog 177 by Ms Paige Turner I’m back from Cape Town where I enjoyed doing three performances: readings from my poetry collection ‘Red Lipstick & Revelations’. Mr Justin Case and I also enjoyed the company in our swallow drop’s last ten days of our daughter: Miss Trial and Maddie Lil, our […]

Off the Wall at A Touch of Madness

07/11/2017 // by Jan Moran Neil

‘Off the Wall at A Touch of Madness’ Off the Wall poetry groups are scattered across the southern peninsula of South Africa. I was booked to perform at the pub and restaurant ‘A Touch of Madness’ in Cape Town. The naming and setting were apt. The evening commenced with Jacques, who is, are we supposed […]

Open Mics

23/10/2017 // by Jan Moran Neil

Open Mics by Ms Paige Turner This last week I was with Fish Hoek Writers in Cape Town. Most of the writers had never experienced participating in ‘Open Mic’ (and I personally am not convinced of its validity on the basis that if you are going to listen to performers there should be some gatekeeping). […]


08/10/2017 // by Jan Moran Neil

Titleless by Ms Paige Turner Many thanks to those who attended my performance of ‘Red Lipstick & Revelations’ at Hazlemere Library on National Poetry Day. Not least Carolyn Nye who I hadn’t seen for almost twenty years: our daughters were at High March school together and after the perf we sat down and shared photos. […]

The3 Sounds of Wycombe and Poets …

25/09/2017 // by Jan Moran Neil

‘The Sounds of Wycombe and Poets’ by Ms Paige Turner It’s a busy week. Well, it’s National Poetry Day on Thursday so you might expect me to be so. Last Saturday the Gerrards Cross Festival hosted eight poets reading their own word wares and also hosted ‘Rhyme & Reason’ prize winners. This anthology has raised […]

‘Zigger- Zagger’

10/09/2017 // by Jan Moran Neil

‘Zigger-Zagger, Zigger-Zagger, Oi, Oi, Oi’ by Ms Paige Turner Fifty years ago Peter Terson’s ‘Zigger-Zagger’ was staged for the first time at the Jeanetta Cochrane Theatre in Holbein by the National Youth Theatre. Terson tells the story of Harry Philpot, who initially finds some meaning in life by becoming a football fan. Quite frankly, he […]