"You are an inspiration Jilliana with your beautiful storytelling. Colourfully describing your adventures and chance meetings as you journey the world, you engage the reader to feel as though they are walking your path."
"Jilliana, your storytelling takes me with you on your journeys. Your writing style is eloquent, articulate and intelligent. I thank you for sharing the stories that colour the fabric of your life."
"Jilliana, what a stunning and fascinating story of your journey through magical India. You bring adventure, colour and excitement into your storytelling by emotionally engaging your listener. As a fellow avert traveller and 'die hard' India fanatic for its tradition, grandeur and colour, I applaud you on your eloquent and accurate portrayal of how Mother India uniquely entertains her selected visitors. I'm pleased you remembered my words 'India chooses you, you do not choose India'."
Linda E Speaks
Yogi and Reiki Master
“Having known Jilliana for about forty five years; there is one word that describes her above all; she is a collector. A collector of people, places, paintings, photos, stories, experiences, and anecdotes.
It almost seems as if the tales were waiting for her to arrive like a protagonist in ‘Pirandello’s six characters in search of an author’ I would not be surprised to find a Scarecrow, Tinman, or Lion at one of her parties, or even a Mad Hatter and a door mouse.
Her easy conversational style belies the effort it takes to be a Storyteller over and above being a Writer. But more than that, as an artist and designer she observes; as a linguist she listens, and as a Humanist she absorbs; a rare combination of talents.
If her feet ever touch the ground there is an autobiography waiting in the wings."
I'd like to hear a bit more about that fascinating leading lady, Jilliana!
I also love all your photos and think you should publish a book of photo portraits of you in your wonderfully creative clothes and jewellery. Not forgetting portraits of your international friends and of great visual interest your Faces and Places in Spain, Greece, Turkey, Morocco and India."
TV Producer/Creative Writing Facilitator.
"Creative Future admires Jilliana’s ambition to inspire other woman and how she has used creative writing to heal herself. Her writing is passionate and straight from the heart."
"Jilliana's writing is full of character. It is most impressive and conveys the richness of her own personality and extraordinary life experience she wants to reveal."
Creative writing facilitator and teacher at New Writing South
"I admire your approach to life and the universe. It was wonderful to read your words which came to me in a space of personal crisis. It is quite uncanny how the universe works. Thank you for your inspiration."
Narrative and Collaborative Therapy and Training
'Embracing the Twilight Years'
"Lovely piece! Very inspiring."
Award winning author
Editorial Consultant and writer/coach, Lewes
2016 Writer in residence for Creative Future, Brighton.
"Jilliana is a captivating storyteller. She has mastered the art of being both an extraordinary writer of life memoir vignettes and a teller of them. One is drawn into her colourful life story told with great passion and authenticity that will touch a nerve and make you want to know what happens next."
Performance Poet, Writer, Comedian, Creative Business Poet & Coach
"Jilliana is a very interesting writer She writes about her experiences using the flavour of words from the country she is describing. She has a flair for characterisation and leaves you wanting to know more about her characters like every good writer should . She has produced exciting radio shows and has a voice suitable for broadcasting. She has worked well in a team setting. I look forward to her latest work."
Radio presenter, writer and performance poet. Creative writing tutor/facilitator
"Jilliana attended two courses in creative writing I taught at Birkbeck College, University of London, and she was an enthusiastic, highly valued student.
She is a fine linguist who has travelled widely and in her writing she often evocatively conveys the places she has visited; the different cultures and people she has met. Besides these vivid accounts of her experiences in other countries, through her work she also powerfully, and sometimes painfully, explores her inner emotional journey.
Jilliana is a skilled writer and her vignettes are rich and varied in tone; some of them are full of her wit and humour while others are poignantly moving. In all her work, her vibrant personality shines through, as do her great warmth and generosity which make her such an excellent workshop leader."
"Thank you very much for sending me this piece, I feel really privileged being allowed to read it. It is truly inspirational as well as powerful and moving. A fascinating and compelling story."
"Wonderful piece, Jilliana! I was totally absorbed and found it really fascinating. I'm impressed by your adventurousness and poise at such a young age.
'A Chilean Summer Interlude'
"I loved this piece of writing."
'Neko, my Habibi'
"A lovely piece of writing. You draw such a vivid portrait of your friend and your gorgeous cat."
'The Cat Lady of Orgiva'
"A lady after my own heart. Great piece, Jilliana."
"I love your story, Ziggy, especially the way you structured it around the dog."
'Polish Experience' vignettes
"They are fascinating, definitely among your best! I found them very powerful and moving. I think they are really valuable too because they describe life in Poland under the Soviet union, a time now past that it's important to record and remember."
'Tu and Vous'
"Jilliana's words were mine, her thoughts were mine, her empty benches - I've sat on them myself. Watching one's life from the outside, passing too slowly and too painfully, throwing all the past in the bin, being one of the "unadjusted". I met her when it was time to, when I was about to throw again the past away and to look for another empty bench to sit on. I am listening to her, I am reading her and I am finding the strength to stand up and fight once more. Inspiration is sometimes more powerful than an act of help."
"A challenging inspiration. Thank you."
PhD candidate in Political Sciences
"From Cuban Vampires to Roman lovers, via the odd broken bed, Jiliana's vignettes are at once raunchy, passionate and poignant. They chart a lifetime of female adventure (across most of Europe and beyond) with all it's bittersweet moments. She strongly believes that everyone has a story to tell and these tales of wunderlust prove that she's damm right.
An inspiration and a hoot. Wunderbar!"
Scriptwriter | Creative Writing Tutor
"Going through Jilliana's writing feels like seeing a life of search, love, betrayal, spiritualism - in a nutshell- what is burning in all human beings, and yet, somehow, for so many people, there is a blank, a latent content. But even so it's all real, it's there - you only need to see how can life be, apart from your own. And you want to know more, you want to understand how is it possible that this is real - that life could be like that - that it's full of surprises and images and, especially, mystery. Things that happen everyday are incredible, as long as you have the eyesight to notice them. But the art of expressing them in such a way - that you crave for more, that you suffer if you can't go deeper from the surface, is what Jilliana's writing style transmits. Every time I feel there is more to it, so I seek to put the piece together in order to understand how can all this happen in one single lifetime. And even afterwards, I still keep on wondering. Maybe life it's too short, but seeing it depicted when reading, it feels that it's so much to cope with that it's overwhelming and I wonder if it's fair to live with so many memories. The past - happy and sad memories likewise, seem all together sad because of the reason that they are past. I start to question the order of the things. Who dares to say what is right and what is wrong? That is what is great about reading these vignettes. It takes you into a life journey and makes you question and doubt everything you know or believed, and this is how one can improve - by listening, by learning and understanding, but most of all, by feeling what is shared."
Catalina Elena Prisacaru
Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Faculty of Letters, Romania
"I love your Vignettes because they are honestly blunt and truthful. You really share with us, when reading out pieces from your real life.
I always look forward to hearing your interesting past and present life. You are a natural storyteller. You are an inspiration to others to tell their spoken or written truth."
Life Coach and Mentor, Brighton
"I am enjoying the opportunity to expand my writing within a range of interesting topics. It is enabling me to connect the whole process of writing." Chris, Lewes, Sussex.
"Very rewarding. Felt wonderful connecting with women of words. Collective consciousness at its best." Karen Antoni, Actress and Storyteller, Brighton, Sussex.
"You never know what's going to come out in writing - your own as well as the other participants' - during the sessions - always interesting and illuminating." Corinne Attwood, Writer & Travel Consultant/Guide, Brighton, Sussex.
"I simply adore Jilliana's classes and her wonderful company. I feel stimulated, challenged and it is thought-provoking. It has re-opened many memories , quite an amazing journey of re-discovery of myself. There is much to learn about others' experiences, too. A most congenial setting, the class is relaxed and full of positive energy. I always come away with a big smile on my face!" Christina Galustian, Brighton, Sussex.
“Hola Jilliana ha sido una huésped muy educada y encantadora. Ha sido un placer conocerla y conversar con ella. Es una persona culta e interesante que espero volver a ver ala vuelta de mi viaje. La recomiendo 100% a otros anfitriones de Airbnb ¡¡Gracias Jilliana!!.”
Spanish historical novelist from Seville
'The Holy Spirit'
“This is truly an interesting and intriguing tale! Thank you for sending it. It does indeed seem as if God is sending these Gospel-loving people your way! You are also such a friendly and welcoming person that others seem to feel invited to have a chat with you! I guess it begs the question, ‘What does it all mean to you? Is there a message you are taking away from all these “accidental” meetings??’ Something to ponder I would think....
All the best from your "Jewish friend" in Antalya!'
Dindy Wilson, Antalya, Turkey
"You have a lovely talent for writing and reading your Travelogues. Great choice of music too especially the Cuban 'Dos Gardinas' on the radio programme.'"
'The best funeral ever'
"VERY NICE! It was, as you say, a wonderful funeral and you described it beautifully."
'Neko, my Habibi'
"Very nice and moving. You have certainly met interesting people in your life and you portray them very well."
"Just read your vignette. You are prolific!
You certainly have a fascinating roster of Jewish characters!"
Journalist/Writer and Broadcaster/translator.
Christine Hollywood, Creative Writing Project Co-ordinator, London and Brighton
'Embracing the twilight years'
"Love this. It oozes positivity and empowerment. Also encouragement to other less courageous women."
'Mad Collectors #5'
"Thoroughly enjoyed. Very entertaining. One of the qualities of your writing, is that whenever I read your work, I always feel I am there with you and the other personalities."
"I've just read your vignette. Powerful and characterful words. I think this will help others to come back from the abyss."
Business and marketing brands for women, Brighton
Simba Isis Phoenix
"How synchronistic that exactly 5 years ago I took a massive leap of faith, moved to Spain where I met my soul family in furry bodies. It is synchronistic that I met Jilliana, who is a talented writer and broadcaster and we immediately connected. Our meeting led to her writing a beautiful tribute about how I met my cats. Jilliana, you inspire me! Thank you for sharing your talent for writing in honour of my cats."
Simba Isis Phoenix
Visionary singer, songwriter, musician, dancer, writer and blogger.
'As a memoir writer, your work is gorgeous - absolutely delicious.
You inspire me.
The one and only Jilliana - a joy and inspiration.'
Award winning Irish Performance Poet.
"This is delightful!! I usually like to offer some constructive criticism, but I can't think of any! It is a charming tale - great opening line! - It is paced well, mixing personal and social history to great effect. There is a lovey timing to the piece, effortlessly readable and quite epic in the span of topics covered. It's a great story and I wouldn't change a word. I can see why you are moving away from fiction when your facts are so interesting."
"This is hilarious! I love it :)"
Plaisir de savoir que j'étais un être humain avec ses défauts et qualités
Rémanence d'un parfum de connivence
Plaisir d'une rencontre de deux debusqueurs de trésor
Plaisir d'allier " la poussière du temps " a la modernité
Plaisir de deux sensibilités et plus si affinités
Comme un survol de ce qui importe dans une vie
Passage d'un témoin que scelle un sourire
L'impression d'un rien qui remplit le tout
Merci aux poussières d'avoir transcendées le temps
Bien à toi
"I very much enjoyed your talk at the Happiness Project and thought you did brilliantly.
Fascinating content, stunningly written and read with lovely detailed descriptions and use of word and language."
Life Coach @Empower
Author and educator
Cecil H Jones
B.A. (Melit.) Music Studies & Theatre Studies
University of Brighton
"I've listened to the recording and I thoroughly enjoyed myself and will certainly be sharing with family and friends whom I know will be great supporters. Once again, thank you for inviting me for the interview, much appreciated."
Dr. Miriam Hastings
'Green Roushed Top'
"A very evocative poem, Jilliana."
'If I were not myself'
"I loved your poem, so poignant. A delightful celebratory and affirmative poem. A pleasure to read. "
Dr. Miriam Hastings
Writer, poet, tutor, facilitator in creative writing for personal development
"Thank you for your support and interesting reading. I think it is your voice that facinates me. Well done and thank you. Keep writing!"
I visited your website where I was delighted to find what I would describe as quite a wide range of pithy and crisp writing with real spirit."
Novelist, prize winning poet, senior lecturer at the University of Chichester.
Novelist, prizewinning poet, performance poet and professional Tarot Card reader
Best of all I liked Gift, Mirror, Vampires, Orange"
INTERVIEWS ON YOUTUBE
Laima Sileikis Hood
Treasurer NYC Chapter
Lithuanian American Community
Mike Potter/Harry's Tricks
Musician, singer, songwriter
Museum of Illusions
"Interviewing people and drawing them out to tell their story is an art. Jilliana Ranicar-Breese has a natural talent for this while making interesting interjections that are often quite amusing. Please enjoy the following:
We can all learn from expert in the craft.
Keep up the good work Jilliana. Notice how she always ends on a cliffhanger. A page turner on paper, of course."
Jilliana's interview style is unique and shows her great love and knowledge for jazz and swing. Her interview skills rely on her warmth and humour to draw people out."
Singer, composer, musician and songwriter
Arthur C. Towner Ltd
Funeral Directors & Monumental Masons
Visit our website: www.towners.co.uk
'Renewal - Phoenix arising from the ashes'
"Powerful and characterful words. I think this will help others to come back from the abyss."
Business and marketing brands for women
Your storytelling style is very good, clear and engaging."
"I liked the story and your reading of it. I was a former Judge at the Erotic Awards and know Tuppy so could relate."
The Butcher, The Baker, The Candlestick Maker.
Rebecca Weef Smith,
Fashion Blogger on Facebook
TESTIMONIALS FROM THE WOVEN GROUP IN BRIGHTON. 6 WORKSHOPS
Eleanor Hope, community development officer at Sussex Partnership Foundation NHS trust commented -- "Wonderful storytelling".
The others for confidential reasons are only given with initials.
SA "I enjoyed it. Very emotionally healing"
JR " I enjoyed it. I got a lot out of it"
JG "Very insightful/interesting"
GB "Very touching"
TP "Really interesting to hear such diverse stories. Also very emotional"
AS "Brought up emotions and made me think. Very good".
EA "Gets you thinking creatively".
PW "Creative writing is new to me. Enjoyed the workshop and cried hearing other's stories"
JG "Very therapeutic"
AS "Moving and got me thinking in a different way about my past and present. Very good".
GB "Moving and tearful. Very good".
PW "I love and trust Jilliana's creative writing workshop".
JG "A true leader, leading us, fortunately".
CM "People made very much emotional sometime. Good learning time" (Japanese)
GB "Thank you for the tears".
EA "Very creative and fun".
JR "Very entertaining and good fun".
JG "Totally entertaining. Glad to be here".
AS "Great way to open us to our feelings. I got a lot from the discovery".
EA "Gets you thinking creatively".
PW "I always enjoy Jilliana's creative workshop. More please".
JG "Always good and interesting".
AS "Good and thought provoking".
PW "Getting better at creative writing and opened up a little bit".
AS "Opening up more - writing revealing more and more to me".
EA "Creative and fun writing exercises".
EA "It has helped me to express myself creatively".
GB ""Helpful and very influential".
JG "Helpful as usual. Thanks".