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Dark Angels Note 139

Dearest Friends

Welcome back to our weekly Friday Note.



This week we are celebrating the birthday of Jane Maas (14 March 1932 – 16 November 2018).

This American author and advertising executive was the “mother” of the 70’s “I Love New York” campaign, the famous tourism campaign with its now ubiquitous slogan and heart-shaped logo.

Her career began at Ogilvy & Mather, moving up from copywriter to creative director. Two decades later, she became one of the first women to head up a major New York ad agency.

She chronicles the course of her career in her memoir, Mad Women: The Other Side of Life on Madison Avenue in the ‘60s and beyond.



Did I really write that drivel?”

Jane Maas talks about what it was really like to work as a copywriter in a male-dominated industry, and what women were “allowed” to work on.

Watch The Real Mad Men Diaries: Jane Maas.



In the above clip, Maas mentions a coffee commercial. How would you rewrite that for modern day? Who would star in your version of the commercial and what would they say about preparing their fresh cup of coffee?



Keep sending us your poems, writings, links and writerly whatnots that you’d like to share with the wider Dark Angels family.




Hearts, Inspired, 16-21 June 2023

Join us for a 5-day writing retreat on Whidbey Island, in the US Pacific Northwest. We’ll explore writing, creativity and inspiration through guided writing, personal projects and time in nature.

Find out more here.


Words Are Seeds, 19-23 June 2023

Five days of writing, rituals and nature connection at Bore Place over the summer solstice. We’re expecting a lively, stimulating and playful experience, with plenty of time for individual pondering, wondering and wandering – and writing.

Find out more here.


Dark Angels & 26 poetry event

Wednesday 5 April at 7pm (UK time), on Zoom.

We’re delighted to invite you to a joint gathering for Dark Angels and 26 members, co-hosted by Neil Baker and Martin Clarkson. Therese, Tim and John will give readings from the book, as well as being in conversation with Neil and Martin. It promises to be a poetry event different from any other.

Register here.


Weekly Tuesday Gatherings

Over the coming weeks, we have a few adjustments to the schedule of our weekly gatherings.

21 Mar: no gathering

28 Mar: 7pm as usual

Join us for a reflective hour of reading, writing and communing led by Neil Baker. Everyone is welcome; in fact, invite a friend along. We meet at 7pm UK time. To join us, click here on the night. There’s no need to register in advance and we’ll be using the same link every week from now on.


Be well, keep reading, keep writing and know that we’re always here.

From everyone at Dark Angels