Jan as a Performer and Poet

Red Lipstick and Revelations, a poetry collection, is published by Indigo Dreams Publishing (Most Innovative Publisher/Saboteur Awards 2017) and is available from Indigo Dreams or Amazon. Poems from this collection have been published with Lunar Poets, Zoomorphic, South, Royal Society Literature Review, World Wide Writers, Reach Poetry, Aspects of Loss, Sarasvati and commendations in Aural Images, Rhyme & Reason, Words for the Wounded, was one of two honourable mentions in New Contrast South Africa's 2016 poetry competition and most notably Oxford University's Four Corners St Cross International Competition 2015 judged by Mimi Khalvati.

Winner of Bloomsbury Publishing's Writers & Artists' International Sonnet competition in conjunction with the Royal Society of Literature and judged by Ruth Padel. The competition was set up as part of Shakespeare's 400th Centenary Celebrations.'Silver Surfing' took first place and will be published in the RSL's December Review 2016.

'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.'  Ruth Padel.

Red Lipstick & Revelations book launch
Jan at the launch of Red Lipstick & Revelations  with Creative Ink Actors: Jessica Cox and Jen Dannhauser

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.' Bucks Free Press

'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.' Diarmaid Fitzpatrick /Marlow FM Radio 97.5

'Jan Moran Neil's poetic narratives are vivid and succinct small slices of other people's lives, conveyed with wit and sympathy.' Jem Poster - Emeritus Professor of Creative Writing, Aberystwyth University

‘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.’ Dr Sarah Burton - Course Director of Creative Writing MSt, University of Cambridge

'I think you'll enjoy this collection. It's interesting and thought provoking.' Frost Magazine

'A sinuous and stimulating book and formidable collection of word art.' New London Writers

Amazon Reviews:

'A beautifully personal collection of poetry. Fabulous!',   'Clever, funny, poignant... these poems stayed with me long after the book was closed. Great for mind and soul, this is a collection I shall return to often. Definitely recommend.',  'Beautifully crafted and at the same time full of surprises.... ah now I get the title! Clever.'

Jan is available to present her one woman readings and stories behind the stories of Red Lipstick & Revelations. For more information contact Jan.


Gerrards Cross Bookshop - Wednesday 28th June 2017

2.30 - 3.30 pm at Saint Andrews Church 12 Packhorse Gerrards Cross SL9 7QE. Tickets - £5 to include refreshments at www.chilternbookshops.co.uk.
Regional winner of Independent Bookshop of the Year 2017/Winner of 2016 Vintage Independent Bookshop of the Year

Beaconsfield Library – Thursday 13th July 2017

2.30 – 3.30 pm. Free Entry.

Gerrards Cross Philosophical and Literary Festival/Poems and Pints – Saturday 23rd September 2017.

7.30 pm for 8pm at The Memorial Centre, East Common, Gerrards Cross, SL9 7AD. £8 to include a drink. Tickets available on the door and in aid of the Memorial Centre and Mind.
Contact Jan if you would like to read from and sell your poetry collection.

Hazlemere Library - National Poetry Day - Thursday 28th September 2017

10.30 am to 11.30 am. Free Entry

Words for the Wounded LitFest - Guest Speaker - Saturday 21st April 2018

Downley Community Centre, Downley, High Wycombe HP13 5TR.


Fish Hoek Scribblers – Thursday 19th October 2017

7.30 pm. Contact: www.facebook.com/groups/FishHoekScribblers

Fish Hoek Library – Friday 27th October 2017

10.00am. Contact: fishhoek.library@capetown.gov.za

Off the Wall – Thursday 2nd November 2017

7.30pm at A Touch of Madness 12 Nuttall Road, Observatory. Contact: www.facebook.com/fbotw/

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.