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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.



I was going to write down what those things were, but I immediately forgot them and just added the rosy cheeks instead. Maybe my Brighton train had arrived in Victoria, or more likely, been diverted by Satan and his goats on the line at Haywards Heath.

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When? Here are some pictures from Prog Magazine, I was in the August 2019 issue, the feature called “My Record Collection.” Photo c Kevin Nixon Where? This is my reading chair. The blue box under the book shelves is the Sculpture Box, in case anyone suddenly has the urge to make something in 3D. The […]

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World Book Day was yesterday but I was too busy reading to post online. *unjustified proud face* When I was 15 I wrote some book reviews in my teenage diary. Here are two of them. ‘Jude the Obscure’ by T Hardy. That Sue, what a pain in the neck, such a flirt. Much prefer Tess. […]

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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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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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Dear Fan* I’ve been everso busy with my writing and here’s the proof. Me and George Egg did a vaguely food/bread themed show last Tuesday called Jo Neary Kneads An Audience and George Egg Has Something To Prove. This is the Show Time Guide we made to give away. If you’d like us to do […]

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After leaving University where I’d ‘studied’ art and theatre*, I was lucky enough to be invited to do several parts in a play (including playing God in the style of Groucho Marx. I KNOW). The extra good bit was that it was to be performed in Slovenia. So obviously, I kept an over enthusiastic travel […]

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Here’s a little arguement we had the other day. So just a short one today, what do you think? Should I colour in or leave it as sketchy as it is? And should I do one a day? I have been keeping these sketchbook diaries for 23 years so I’m not exactly short of material. […]

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