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Lyme Literary Events at The Malthouse

Nick Bellorini
Nick Bellorini: Director Dō Sustainability – non-fiction publishers

Simon and Tracey West from Magic Oxygen Publishing were joined today by Nick Bellorini, director of non-fiction publishing house Dō Sustainability, to discuss the fine business of getting into print.

It took place at The Malthouse in the centre of Lyme Regis as part of the inaugural Lyme Literary Festival.

It was well attended and had a handful of local authors in the audience including Carolyn King, author of the fabulous read for young ones, The Fish Lizard of Lyme.

Sustainability expert Elizabeth J Walker was also there and Nayna Kumari, both of whom have fabulous titles in production with Magic Oxygen.

Thursday 12th February sees 3 further vibrant talks and workshops in The Malthouse including:-

A Reading from ‘On Cigarette Papers‘. In several voices by Pam Zinnemann-Hope, followed by Q & A.

After her mother’s death in 1990, Pam finds a tiny pile of cigarette papers with writing pencilled in Russian in her hand. Surely these are recipes? They are the starting point for a journey of discovery, stretching from 1905 to 1995, a story of love and exile, dislocation and survival, and of a daughter’s search for identity, through lands physically and politically remote.

On Cigarette Papers is Pam Zinnemann-Hope’s first full-length poetry publication. It was short-listed for the Seamus Heaney Prize and adapted by her for Radio 4.

Tracey West, editor, author, publisher
Tracey West: editor, author, publisher

Tracey West from Magic Oxygen, alongside psychotherapist Nayna Kumari, will be presenting Writing Your Way Out of the Darkness at 2.30-3.30pm.

They concur that writing can be a very healing thing to do after an unsettling life event like divorce, bereavement or abuse. In this calm and positive workshop they’ll introduce you to ‘The Stress Cycle’, help you understand how the nervous system works and explore why and how creative writing can help you physically, mentally, emotionally and energetically.

Practical points will include how to find a safe space to write, looking at blocks which stop you writing, top tips on different types of creative writing including poetry, 6-word stories, and simple exercises to help you write it all out.

The workshop is £3 (including tea/coffee and biscuits!) Book a seat or pay on the door if there are spaces left.

Nayna is a psychotherapist who writes and performs poetry. She wishes she had been taught how to recognize and handle the complexities of human behaviour while she was still at school and is writing a book to address this oversight.

For more information about Nayna’s clinic please visit

Tracey wrote ‘Poetry of Divorce’ and ‘Diary of Divorce’, two encouraging books helping women recover from this life-changing, often depressing event. She’s Patron of the Women’s Action Network Dorset who work closely with our local refuge and Trustee for the National Association for Children of Alcoholics.
Visit Tracey’s website here:

Author and poet, Leslie Tate (married to prolific children’s author Sue Hampton) will be giving the final presentation at The Malthouse between 4.00-5.00pm.

Using pictures and quotes about writing, Leslie will show how novels begin, grow and develop. Leslie will explore how language and character-led stories ‘adapt from life’. There will be insights into the creative process and suggestions for readers looking for modern fiction which stimulates both head and heart.

Leslie is a University of East Anglia Creative Writing graduate. He has an ebook with Create of Soho and a forthcoming trilogy with Magic Oxygen. He has been shortlisted for the Bridport, Geoff Stevens and Wivenhoe Poetry Prizes.

Do come along and enjoy these wonderfully diverse literary events.

The Team