Books about Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler

Books about Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler

Services offered

Copy for websites and blogs

Typing of hand-written and typed manuscripts to Word documents (for example books, articles, short stories)

Posts for social media such as Facebook or Twitter



Manuscripts, such as books and short stories


Minutes of meetings

Theses, dissertations, assignments

Assessment of unpublished articles, stories and novels


Editing should be done before the document is proofread as it might be necessary to revise sentence construction, change a word for a more suitable one, and sometimes omit repetitive words and sentences in order to make the document suitable for publication.


This is the last stage of preparing a document for submission or publication. It involves close reading in order to correct mistakes in spelling, punctuation, consistency of style, and consistency of the lay-out of headings, paragraphs, margins, fonts and font size. These mistakes may have been missed during the editing process.


I could write an article for you if you send me a rough draft of it. I would hone this draft into something suitable for submission and publication.  I do NOT, however, write and research essays or books for you to present as your own work. I merely embellish your draft so that it is written in a professional manner.

Assessment of work

If you ask friends to read your short story, article or novel, and ask them to tell you honestly what they think of it, they are usually too polite to criticise it for fear of losing your friendship forever!

I offer you an impartial assessment of your writing, which would include comments on style, grammar spelling and construction. I would tell you whether the piece held my interest and whether I think it would be worth submitting it to a publisher.  

Please contact me for a free quotation:

Write to me at

Telephone: South Africa (011)615-5569 (land-line)

Cell/Mobile: South Africa 083-741-6142

Jean Collen: writer, editor and proof-reader

Although I spent most of my life as a musician and teacher of classical singing and piano, I have always enjoyed writing. After reading a book by E. M. Delafield, entitled Diary of a Provincial Lady I began keeping a diary in the same style when I was in Form 4 (Grade 11) at Jeppe High School for Girls, Kensington, Johannesburg, aged about 15.

In the 1970’s I did a BA degree, majoring in History and History of Music, and obtained a distinction in the latter course.  I completed a BA (Honours) in History in 1982. In the early nineties I decided to do a third major in English. All these qualifications were obtained at the University of South Africa (UNISA).

After the death of Anne Ziegler in 2003, I wrote a book about my association with her and Webster Booth, entitled Sweethearts of Song: A Personal Memoir of Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth

I retired from my position as Musical Director at St Andrew’s Church, Kensington in 2005 and recently retired from teaching singing and piano, which gave me more time to concentrate on writing, proof-reading and editing.

I live in Johannesburg with my husband, Errol Collen, a writer, translator (English/Afrikaans), editor and proof-reader who holds an MA degree (cum laude) in linguistics from UNISA (1980).   He has had nearly forty years of experience as a language practitioner.   See his website at: ERROL COLLEN – TRANSLATOR  

On Facebook:  ERROL COLLEN – TRANSLATOR            

Errol Collen  

Writer, translator, editor, proof-reader

We accept International payments  via PayPal and and South African payments by bank transfer.

This blog  also advertises  books I have written and published on If you live in South Africa I can supply these books in ring-binding at cheaper price.

I began my singing studies with famous British duettists Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, when I was seventeen. Two years later they asked me to act as studio accompanist for Webster, when Anne – who usually accompanied the students – had other commitments. I completed the ATCL and LTCL singing diplomas with Anne and Webster and remained friends with them until their deaths.

When I was living in the UK I completed the LTCL diploma in piano at Trinity College in 1968.

I appeared in concerts, musicals and operas in South Africa and the UK and have taught singing and piano for many years. I recently retired as musical director at a local Anglican Church after thirteen years.

Currently I am retired from teaching singing and piano but I continue to write. I have done my best to promote the names and voices of Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth on the internet. Read more about the lives and careers of Anne and Webster on my blog:

Look and listen to my uploaded videos featuring Anne and Webster on my Duettists Channel at


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The Moon And SixpenceThe Moon And Sixpence by W. Somerset Maugham
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Apparently Strickland was based on the artist Paul Gauguin, but if this was the case, there is a very loose connection between the two for this in not a novel a clef. The book held my interest while the narrator had personal contact with Strickland and his wife. Almost from the beginning of the novel, before Charles Strickland had appeared, I thought him a thoroughly reprehensible character.

Admittedly his wife was not an imaginative woman and used her established position in society to cultivate the society of writers and artists although she appeared to be devoid of any artistic talent herself. She obviously regarded her "dull" husband as nothing more than a meal-ticket and she had never encouraged his artistic inclinations. It is only after he leaves her to her own devices that she manages to pull herself together, fend for herself and look after her children without being dependent on a man any longer.

The portrait of a completely self-centred, inarticulate Strickland, who does not care about the opinion of others was well-drawn but after the narrator is no longer in personal contact with Strickland and the rest of the story of Strickland's life is related to him by a third person the story is less satisfactory. I have to admit that I did not finish the last fifty pages of the book. Although I like Maugham's work, this was not my favourite Maugham novel.

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