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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.



Anyone who has been to Trago Mills will know that time moves differently there This is a true story Names have been changed in this one to protect the identity of my relative Two pens. But when? How? Crash zoom by a Luddite Honestly, the managers narration about where we’d been, in what order, in […]

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Thursday 23rd July. Harbour Lights Diary About two years ago, aged 18, I went to the British Legion Club on a Saturday night with Becky, Jerry, Jan, Shirley, Lucinda and her cousins and Kenny. Kenny’s estimated age is 76. He pretends to be a captain of the seas but rumour has it, he’s never set […]

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Art School Diary, Falmouth ‘The reason that it’s so easy to see what people have bought from Trago Mills is that they aren’t given free bags A plastic mat, rolled; another with 2 large Panasonic batteries. A sleeping bag and a foldaway table. A see through corrugated porch’ ‘A young boy with a tent. A […]

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Today I started my sketchbook practice at, sensibly enough, the beginning of the day. I accidentally awoke in Meyerhold’s acclaimed ‘bent star jump’ position, the pose of choice for a variety turn. It’s as though I am constantly working, even in repose. This gets me to thinking about Art School and because I had some […]

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I started a new sketchbook today so now I’ve got two on the go. The big one has my pottery designs in it, in case anyone’s interested. Pots to come. Page one of this new book is a terrible sketch but one of my favourite things – a drawing within a drawing. I used to […]

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I was invited to do the Steam Punk Fair in Lincoln last month. On the way there, I met a kind elderly man. The two are unrelated. Or ARE they? To be continued (I lost my notebook) And unrelated, me and technology. The other day I was in the pub playing Calypso and it was […]

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Travelling at 6.30am, my thoughts were flitting all over the place. I’d like to tell a story with a parallel distraction, just like a train of thought, whilst recounting past events. I expect this has been done before but not by me. These little pages are sketches for a bigger story. Perhaps with more (or […]

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This summer I went away from my son for a whole five and a half days. I couldn’t stop eating on the day I set off for LIVERPOOL We run into a friend in town who is as obsessed with Test Match Special as my husband is. I ignore them after a while and try […]

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Robin Ince is doing his hilarious and brilliant full length new show in Eastbourne tomorrow night. It’s sold out. I’m going because my offer to introduce Robin has been accepted* *= this is disingenuous, I booked the gig Here is my sketchbook on worrying about introducing Robin’s show* *=not least because it is going to […]

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On one of our summer love days, (a trip to the beach for a swim and then a jaunt around Bexhill-On-Sea), my cohort made the fatal error of refusing to accompany me for a cup of tea. Here, I try and write movingly and from the heart about how it made me feel. (I mean […]

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