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Touch of 64 Up Seasoning

15/06/2019 // by Jan Moran Neil

‘Touch of 64 Up Seasoning’ by Ms Paige Turner Last May 2018, ten former pupils from my primary school met up after 53 years. We did a tour of the Ark Oval Infant and Junior school where our education began in 1959. We are just one year older than Michael Apted’s ‘7 Up’ documentary series […]

A Sad Day for Hungry Tigers …

26/05/2019 // by Jan Moran Neil

‘A Sad Day for Hungry Tigers …’ by Ms Paige Turner Last Thursday 23rd May, writer and illustrator Dame Judith Kerr (95) died. For thirty years, on and off, I’ve been reading her ‘Tiger who came to Tea’ to my daughter Miss Trial and then to my two year old granddaughter Princess Maddie Moo. Both […]

Keys to Wycombe Abbey

10/05/2019 // by Jan Moran Neil

‘Keys to Wycombe Abbey’ by Ms Paige Turner Continuing with the Creative Ink theme of ‘Keys’ this year, I’ve spent a few days reading the Wycombe Abbey students’ entries for their 2019 Short Story Competition. I was then invited to read my Judge’s Report last night and announce the winners, whilst dining and then serving […]

For the Silent

03/05/2019 // by Jan Moran Neil

‘For the Silent’ by Ms Paige Turner … I’m honoured to be in the same poetry anthology as Simon Armitage, Margaret Atwood, Ted Hughes, Philip Gross as well as Dawn Bauling and the editor Ronnie Goodyer of Indigo Dreams Publishing in aid of ‘The League against Cruel Sports’. The ‘For the Silent’ collection is available […]

‘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 […]