New book: The Resilience Handbook by Elizabeth J Walker

Front cover of The Resilience Handbook by Elizabeth J Walker
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We are truly delighted to announce the imminent safe arrival of The Resilience Handbook: how to survive in the 21st century.

It has been penned by sustainability expert Elizabeth J Walker and kicks off with a poignant foreword by eco-author and broadcaster, Tracey West (The Book of Rubbish Ideas).

For want of a better line to describe it, it’s precisely what it says on the tin!

Click here to take a look at a handful of the pages.

Elizabeth is a teacher and writer with an Honours degree in Psychology from Edinburgh University with countless years of experience living ‘off the grid’. Her new book  unlocks the secrets of how to manage the complexities of a modern world to create a future with less energy use, and a better quality of life.

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#MOLP – The Movie

Please enjoy our short film about The Magic Oxygen Literary Prize, fondly known as  MOLP.

It is the only literary competition in the world to plant a tree for every entry. Find out what the villagers who planted them in Bore, Kenya have to say about it.

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Friends of the Word Forest

Heart shaped leafOur heartfelt thanks go to everyone who has helped us spread the word about the Magic Oxygen Literary Prize and the Word Forest!

Community Carbon Link – Africa
Australian Poetry – Australia
My Green Directory – England
She Who Knows Magazine – England
View From Publishing – England
Dorset Eye – England
Small is Beautiful Comms – England
The Poetry Library – England
African Mbiu – Africa
West Lothian Writers – Scotland
Nature Island Literary Festival – Dominica
Verteuil Verse – France
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Win a Copy of The Magic Oxygen Literary Anthology 2015

Front Cover for the Magic Oxygen Literary Anthology 2015We are absolutely delighted to offer you several FREE chances to win a copy of The Magic Oxygen Literary Prize Anthology.

It’s a cracking read, packed with the brilliant entries from the winners and shortlisters from last year’s competition – we know you’re going to love it!

Matt Haig (yes, he of ‘The Humans‘) had some very nice things to say about it, as did Caroline Sanderson from The Bookseller.

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Why Are We Planting Trees for Each Entry to MOLP2 in Kenya?

Children from the Kundeni School, Bore, Kenya
Children of Kundeni Primary School planting our Word Forest

The Magic Oxygen Literary Prize – fondly known as MOLP – was created in 2014 with optimism that it would uncover literary excellence in short stories and poetry from writers all over the world. We also planned for it to be the start of a legacy reforestation project for an African community who were striving to rise above their circumstances.

We set the entry fee at a modest £5 and have kept it the same this year for MOLP2. With the benefit of hindsight, we know that some writers enter the contest spurred on by the possibility of seeing their work in print and the generous £3,000 prize fund.

However, feedback also showed us that some writers got involved because we were offering something quite unique; a commitment to plant a tree for every entry in our Word Forest in Bore, Kenya. Continue reading

Breathing Life Into Words