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‘Priceless Themes’ …

22/04/2019 // by Jan Moran Neil

‘Priceless Themes’ by Ms Paige Turner Arthur Miller always placed his theme at the top of every A4 sheet of paper he was typing. ‘Theme’ is the core of a piece of writing: this Miller knew well and took great pains to encapsulate his theme not only in every sheet of paper but in his […]

Funny Men …

06/04/2019 // by Jan Moran Neil

‘Funny Men’ – Blog 213 by Ms Paige Turner … There’s a theatre about 20 minutes from Africa’s toe, overlooking Kalk Bay which has a restaurant that overlooks an intimate performance space and 72 of the most comfortable audience seats imaginable. It’s a good view whichever way you look during your pre-theatre meal. The theatre […]

For UK Mother’s Day

30/03/2019 // by Jan Moran Neil

‘For UK Mother’s Day’ by Ms Paige Turner … For mothers: Kerry and Lisa … And the mothers’ mothers … Elana and Pendisa … For Cael and Thabisa … Who saw too few Easters … May the fragrance of your flowers linger on … Cael Rawley Bell (From Manchester, UK) 28/7/95 – 24/2/19 – aged […]

‘Buffel, the Elephant Seal’

07/03/2019 // by Jan Moran Neil

‘Buffel, the Elephant Seal’ by Ms Paige Turner At the beginning of the year (a tagged) Buffel swept up on Fish Hoek Beach, which is around 20 miles from the Cape of Good Hope. He took up residence to shed his old skin and get a brand new one. Mister Justin Case and I had […]

Scribbling Away in SA

23/02/2019 // by Jan Moran Neil

‘Scribbling Away in SA’ by Ms Paige Turner Scrabbling around more like. Since we arrived in Fish Corner (Fish Hoek) our phones haven’t worked, the alarm has gone on the blink, along with the internet. We had no water for 48 hours as the men are laying fibre on the pavements and pickaxing into water […]

Bread Pudding Days by Ms Paige Turner

14/02/2019 // by Jan Moran Neil

Bread Pudding Days by Jan Moran Neil On soggy days when the rain spits my mother’s house is filled with the warmth of cinnamon sticks, rich dried fruit and softly sifted sugar. She folds and wraps our words: – the bargain cost of my orange gloves – the price we paid for our lost loves […]

Princely Sums and Brexit

29/01/2019 // by Jan Moran Neil

‘Princely Sums and Brexit’ by Ms Paige Turner A couple of weeks ago Miss Trial took me to Buckingham Palace for my Christmas present. I adore the Georgian period for its architecture, theatre (all that fun Restoration which gave birth to Farce), costume and wigs which persist into our court rooms today. Buckingham House was […]

Creative Ink Evening Workshops

11/01/2019 // by Jan Moran Neil

Creative Ink for Writers with Jan Moran Neil and hosted by Catherine Klyhn in Amersham 8.00 pm – 10.00 pm – £18 Theme – Keys Wednesday 1st May – Unlocking Your Creative Unconscious Wednesday 3rd July – Keys to the Kingdom/Use of Fairy Tales Wednesday 2nd October – Keys to the Door Wednesday 4th December […]

Surgery and The Wrong Patient

03/01/2019 // by Jan Moran Neil

‘Surgery and Wrong Patients’ by Ms Paige Turner My laptop has been undergoing major surgery this Christmas and New Year season. It’s been awful. I’ve managed with Mister Justin Case’s laptop and my phone but it’s just not the same. I’ve been a pain of a patient. We’ve also had that hacking cough and Miss […]

Visitors bearing Gifts …

13/12/2018 // by Jan Moran Neil

Visitors bearing Gifts by Ms Paige Turner The final Creative Ink evening workshop of the year (organised by Catherine Klyhn) was entitled ‘The Visitor’ and the theme for Quaker Poets was Gifts. So here’s a poem which marries both themes. Abou Ben Adhem By Leigh Hunt Abou Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase!) Awoke one […]