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Welcome to the official blog of Joanna Neary, where you can catch up on Jo’s bewildered world past, present and looming. Mainly, this blog consists of scanned pages from her sketchbook with a running commentary, dashed off between duties, work and other hobbies. As well as banging on about art, there’s also past gigs, and music, such as the one about being interviewed for Prog Magazine in 2019, which led to some delightful exchanges with fellow nerds. It was all very civil, even when Jo had to admit she’d got a Frank Zappa fact wrong.



Kondo thoughts continued. I really do think I’d be better at throwing out other people’s stuff, but that’s not allowed, apparently. I found a review that me and my best friend did for MacDonald’s on the first and last time we went there to eat. There were actual poos on the seats in the loo. […]

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Here are some other pictures from my year so far. I really like the Marie Kondo method and Shinto and all that, but I am also doing comedy about it, though I’ve had to draw the line at doing an impression. (I did have one but it was vetoed by my audience member. I am […]

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Creative Challenges So Far… My creative challenge today, is uploading images to this flaming page. It’d be quicker to invite you, one by one for tea, to have a look at my sketchbook at your leisure. Anyway. Heather Minor and me have been having great fun doing our first ever podcast. It’s about creativity, how […]

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I’ve done some drawings in response to Marie Kondo’s technique on Netflix… The rest is the rammel I’ve been sorting, after Kondo-ing my drawers. Does this spark joy for you? Or do you think I must be a hoarder? Some of this stuff is from the Riot Grrrl days… (sticker by Bikini Kill circa 1992. […]

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Here are some pen tests and sketches I’ve been doing, plus a bonus shot of my Datsun Sunny pencil case which was 50p in a charity shop in Oldham. That’s  someone else’s oil on it and I kept that tea stain for sentimental reasons (in other words, I’ve got better things to do, like trying […]

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On this day, the Queen enters the Guinness Book Of Records for waving in a stilted manner while some people cheer. I’m not a fan but I was once, for my own nefarious means… The Nations Nan and My Master Plan My plotting started when Prince Charles came all the way from Royal Buckingham Palace […]

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The penultimate instalment. Too busy with current 2015 festival to write more. I thought Installment had two L’s. Predictive text has destroyed my brian* I did the ‘brian’ line there on purpose. I may be ignorant but I’m well aware of it I remember asking Joseph to stop making Dave laugh while he was driving, […]

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So then everyone started having delirious crushes on strangers and some kissed in cupboards at The Pleasance. Here is a rough guide. And a show report. The ‘boys’ me and Juls were trying to befriend were Dan Clark and friends – I can’t remember the name of their group now, can you? They went on […]

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I’ve got my old WordPress app going again and I refuse to update it. Here’s the part two but after part three because of silly silly computers

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Fear sets in. It’s all right when you’re rehearsing in a small village hall and making each other laugh with ridiculously entertaining acting exercises (like the one where Nicholas Quirke, our director made me and Juls reply ‘no’ to each other’s lines when we thought it wasn’t good enough). Our first night’s stay seems to […]

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