Winner of Bloomsbury Publishing's
'A lovely poem, with a beautifully confident voice, starting in medias res as Shakespeare sometimes does too, and a vivid, beautifully contemporary take on the universal feeling addressed by Shakespeare's Sonnet 30. Lively, alert, convincing language.'
Jan at the launch of
Book Launch Reviews:
'Ms Moran Neil mesmerised the audience with her reading. As well as being a novelist, playwright and poet, she is also an accomplished actress, so a plain reading was never on the cards.'
'I consider Jan to be the best interviewee I’ve ever had on the programme and the interview the best one I’ve ever done.'
'Jan Moran Neil's poetic narratives are vivid and succinct small slices of other people's lives, conveyed with wit and sympathy.'
‘A hugely ambitious collection, encompassing a wide range of themes, narrators and forms. The amount of thought and craft that has gone into this portfolio is admirable.’
'I think you'll enjoy this collection. It's interesting and thought provoking.'
'A sinuous and stimulating book and formidable collection of word art.'
Jan is available to present her one woman readings and stories behind the stories of
Red Lipstick & Revelations. For more information contact Jan.
'Red Lipstick & Revelations' Performances and Broadcasts:
University of Cambridge - April 2015
Marlow FM 97.5 Radio - April 2015
St Cross, College, University of Oxford - October 2015
Marlow FM 97.5 Radio - February 2017
Book Launch, Barn Hall, Amersham - April 2017
Gerrards Cross Bookshop - June 2017
Beaconsfield Library - July 2017
Gerrards Cross Literary Festival - September 2017
Wycombe Sound Radio - September 2017
Hazlemere Library - September 2017
Fish Hoek Scribblers, Cape Town - October 2017
Fish Hoek Library, Cape Town - October 2017
A Touch of Madness, Off the Wall, Cape Town - November 2017
Abbeyfield Residential Home, Gerrards Cross - December 2017
Unity 101 Radio - January 2018
Wycombe Sound Radio - February 2018
Bourne End Library - February 2018
Off the Wall, Scarborough, Cape Town - March 2018
Gerrards Cross Library and Judging of Poetry Competition - May 2018
Egham Women's Institute - June 2018
Watford Area Arts Forum and Judging of Writing Competition - July 2018
Marlow FM 97.5 Radio - August 2018
Launch of Fish Hoek Scribblers' Centenary Anthology - October 2018
St James's Residential Home, Kalk Bay, Cape Town - November 2018
Fish Hoek Scribblers, Cape Town - November 2018
Wycombe Abbey School and Judging of Short Story Competition - May 2019
Some of the many comments made on
'Red Lipstick & Revelations' Performances:
'It was wonderful Jan. Inspirational to hear such a great poetry performance. It really does make a difference to hear live poetry.'
Richard Candy/Gerrards Cross Bookshop performance.
'Just wanted to say a very big thanks for such an enjoyable and successful afternoon yesterday at the library. As was universally agreed your readings of your poems brought them to life and made the whole
event so vibrant. I thoroughly enjoyed it…as did the others.'
Helen Goreham/Beaconsfield Library.
'I just wanted to thank you once more for a great poetry reading this morning. You read such a variety of poems with all the different voices and interesting stories interspersed between them, the
forty minutes flew by. The customers I spoke to said they had all really enjoyed it as did I.'
Sally Blackburne/Hazlemere Library.
'Jan, It was so lovely to hear your voice and your beautiful words last night. I look forward to hearing those poems on the website.'
Jacques Coetzee/Off the Wall, Cape Town.
'Thank you so much for coming. The feedback I have heard about it
so far has been lovely.'
Mary Coleman/Abbeyfield Residential Home, Gerrards Cross.
'It was a great performance, Jan.'
Pamela Mintner/Bourne End Library.
'Many thanks for bringing Jan to our poetry evening last night; I found her to be a breath of fresh air.'
Alison/Off the Wall, Scarborough, Cape Town.
'It all went very well & our volunteers have been talking about the event all afternoon and how lovely it was, so thank you very much.'
Lorraine Surridge/Gerrards Cross Library.
'Just a note to say a big thank you for your talk this evening and reading of your wonderful poems, our members really enjoyed it, we had such a lot of feedback - thank you.
We will certainly recommend you to our other WI groups.' Susan Lee/Egham WI
'It was an absolute pleasure to work with you on this project, thanks for your help, understanding, speedy responses and delightful performances on the night. The timing was perfect of course!'
Helen Nicell/Watford Area Arts Forum
'Thank you so much for coming to High Wycombe Library yesterday, and delivering your readings so brilliantly. We thoroughly enjoyed your performance and I will look forward to reading your poems.
Although we were a small, intimate audience, we really appreciated and enjoyed the session.'
Jane Birtwhistle/Library Service Co-ordinator/High Wycombe Library
'You were wonderful and I heard every word.'
Mrs Betty Halstead OBE, aged 100/St James's Residential Home
'It was a wonderful evening!'
Mrs S Mason/Wycombe Abbey School
For the Silent - a poetry anthology for the League against Cruel Sports including Jan, Simon Armitage, Margaret Atwood, Philip Gross and Ted Hughes, published by Indigo Dreams in 2019 and available on Amazon.
Jan can be heard as the voice of Olive in the animated film
The Bigger Picture - written and directed by Daisy Jacobs which was nominated for an Oscar and 26
film awards including a BAFTA in 2015. See more about the film here -
The Bigger Picture
Theatre work: National Youth Theatre, Dome Theatre Montreal, Ruddles Theatre Company, A-One Theatre Company, Key Theatre Peterborough, Nottingham Playhouse, New Shakespeare Theatre Company, BBC Radio, two short films with Mike Leigh.