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Press Release: 'Dear Mother', award-winning WW1 play script

Dear Mother Front CoverDear Mother: award-winning new book from Magic Oxygen Publishing

The commencement of World War 1, one hundred years ago, is respectfully marked with a heart-rending play by Mark James that has scooped 8 prestigious awards and is now available as a paperback performance script.

Dear Mother tells the poignant and emotional story of a young boy’s journey to adulthood as he finds himself inadvertently recruited and sent to the trenches of the front line. His evocative description of the loveless chaos he finds himself immersed in is told via letters to his mother.

It’s a short, four scene, one-act play with a simple set and perfect for school or local amateur dramatic players to put on, but equally impressive and satisfying as a stand alone read. The challenging monologues will push aspiring actors to achieve their best performances, as the scenes bring the audience to the edges of their seats and nudge them towards a box of tissues.

It has drawn glowing reviews from audiences, peers, acclaimed actors and award judges, including praise from members of the armed forces and the founder of the National Memorial Arboretum:

Mark takes the audience directly into the mind and experiences of a young man trying to tell his family what he’s witnessing and enduring. The lead character becomes not just any Tommy, but every man, not just an English soldier, but every combatant. At a time when we’re trying to understand, as well as recall the horrors of the Great War, one could do little better than to read or see Dear Mother.
David Childs CBE: Founder National Memorial Arboretum & Author

Mark James’ Great War vignettes succeed in creating a small window in time through which we witness the poignant story of a single life and its place in modern history; a keeper for the First World War library.
Ramon Tikaram: Actor ‘This Life’ ‘Game of Thrones’

A touching, well told story that brings to life the letters and feelings of a young boy growing up all too quickly, against the backdrop of war. This one-act play is able to produce a powerful three-dimensional tragedy, extremely well. All it requires is a simple, stark set and three passionate actors; lest we forget.
Robert B Windsor: Artistic Director Facing Tides Theatre

An ideal performance piece for schools marking the 100-year anniversary of the start of the Great War. Mark skillfully employs letters to convey his account of life on the front line. Live performances will invite audiences to appreciate it on an empathetic level as they ponder the anguish of being parted from their loved ones in a time of conflict.
Tracey West: Author and Broadcaster

Dear Mother is available to order directly from the publisher, from local independent and High Street book vendors, online and of course, from libraries everywhere.

Publication Date: March 2014
Published By: Magic Oxygen Publishing
Paperback £4.99 : ISBN 978-1-910094-08-2


Other Recent Titles From Magic Oxygen:

Action Plan For Living With An Alcoholic / self-help / Lilly Laine

365 Silly Jokes for Kids / humour / Tracey West

The Breathing Wheel / children’s fantasy fiction / Anthony Ravenwood

Diary of Divorce / companion journal / Tracey West

Review & Media:

High res images, electronic extracts from the play script and interviews with the author available from Simon West at Magic Oxygen Publishing.


Simon West: Editor, Magic Oxygen Publishing
Telephone: 07896 884 114
Email:   [email protected]

About the Author

Mark James DipLCM began performing in 2005 and has been involved in all aspects of stage performance at both local theatre and professional performances. He has won awards for both his acting and writing.

Originally writing Dear Mother in 2011, Mark toured the play around theatres and local festivals in the South and South West for 2 years, playing the lead role of senior Thomas himself. Dear Mother was met with great enthusiasm from both audiences and festival adjudicators alike, winning many awards including Best Set (Woolstore Country Theatre All England One Act Play Festival 2011) Best Actor (Dorset Drama League Festival 2012) Best Play in Class (Dorset Drama League Festival 2012) and Best Overall Play of the Festival (Dorset Drama League Festival 2012).

When he’s not writing, Mark is a busy singing teacher and performer, gaining his Diploma in Musical Theatre in July 2013 through the London College of Music. He also owns and runs his own production company, JNX Productions, specialising in high quality performances using the best of new and local talent.

See for his blog and further details.

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New Fantasy Fiction E-book Shortie From Izzy Robertson!

Cover of Catching Up With the Past, by Izzy Robertson‘When Joe Met Alice’ was Izzy Robertson’s début e-book and it was fittingly published just before All Hallows’ Eve in October 2013.

It was Izzy’s first proper dip into the global literary market, despite the fact that she has been a passionate writer in the fantasy fiction field for more years than she cares to admit to.

We were all delighted with the book’s popularity and even more so when she whispered that she had several other chilling short tales up her long, purple velvet sleeve.

‘Catching Up With the Past’, is the second of Izzy’s short reads and is available on Kindle from today.

Actually, I’m sure she won’t mind us letting you into a little secret, but it launched at exactly 08:00 on the 1st March, the precise moment of the New Moon; a significantly positive time for new beginnings.

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Click to Look Inside: Action Plan For Living With An Alcoholic

Cover for Action Plan for Living With an AlcoholicWe are delighted to announce that you can now have a sneak peek of Lilly Laine’s, Action Plan For Living With An Alcoholic.

Click here to jump onto its Amazon listing and quite simply, click to look inside!

Everyone that does so will get a random snippet of the book but there will certainly be enough to whet your appetite for this most excellent self-help read.

If you’d like to stock it, or would like a signed copy from the author, please drop us a line and we’ll be delighted to help.

The Team

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Update on 'Action Plan for Living With an Alcoholic' by Lilly Laine

Cover for Action Plan for Living With an AlcoholicWe are delighted to let you have a sneak peak of the finished cover for our latest title, ‘Action Plan for Living With an Alcoholic’ by Lilly Laine, due for publication on 10th March, just before St Patrick’s Day.

The subtitle leaves the reader in no doubt about the content. It’s, ‘A Survival Guide for Partners and Spouses’ and has been penned with refreshing clarity by a lady who knows all about how it feels to live with a serious alcohol dependent, in Lilly’s case it was her husband.

After years of trying all the usual tactics to get him to stop drinking, Lilly realised she was physically and mentally at her rock bottom, just like her husband.

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Press Release: The Breathing Wheel

The Breathing Wheel by Ant RavenwoodAnthony Ravenwood has a bounty of creative credits to his name.

As a musical and film director, songwriter, performance poet and lead singer of one of the country’s best tribute bands, he finally adds author to the list, with his début fantasy fiction title for children, The Breathing Wheel.

It’s a tale that spans over 300 years and has been rolling around in Ant’s head following a holiday in the late 80’s to Llandudno in North Wales where he visited a watermill. It lit a spark in the core of his vivid imagination and as he regularly lost himself listening to The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway by Genesis, the wild adventure fleshed itself out in his mind.

Over 20 years later, the story has found its way to Simon West at Magic Oxygen Publishing in Lyme Regis and has a publication date of Monday 25th November 2013.

Simon explained, ‘The Breathing Wheel is a captivating read with grandiose creatures, evil hags and ghostly souls in equal measure and love and hope at its core. It’s ideal for young readers and lovers of fantasy fiction alike.’

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Anthony Ravenwood, Author of 'The Breathing Wheel', on the BBC

The Cover of The Breathing Wheel by Anthony RavenwoodWe are delighted to inform you that our fantasy fiction writer, Anthony Ravenwood, is whooping up a stir with pre-publication publicity for his exciting new book.

He’ll be in the studio at BBC Radio Northampton on Wednesday 24th August (tomorrow) chatting to John Griff about his début title ‘The Breathing Wheel‘ and explaining how the book came to be.

You can catch the interview live by clicking here sometime soon after 3pm tomorrow.

We will endeavour to narrow the time-frame down if possible and we hope to be able to bring you a recording of the interview, so you can tune in at your leisure at a later date.

Watch this space, or rather, listen to this space.

Radiophonically yours,

The Team

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Delighted to Welcome Anthony Ravenwood, Author of The Breathing Wheel

The Cover of The Breathing Wheel by Anthony RavenwoodWe are absolutely delighted to welcome Anthony Ravenwood to our stable of authors!

Here’s a little nibble from the back page to give you a feel for his debut novel, The Breathing Wheel.

It’s a tale that spans over 300 years and begins in 1602, when an eccentric old man named Gronwolfe built a flour mill in the sleepy Welsh valley of Aden-Long.

For centuries the mill provided work and industry to the area, then Gronwolfe lost his mind, the mill was cursed and the workers began to disappear under very mysterious circumstances.

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Magic Oxygen Publishing's New Website Launches Today

logo240We are delighted to smash a bottle of Laurent-Perrier Rose on the side of the computer to launch our brand new website today, inviting existing and aspiring new authors to join the Magic Oxygen stable.

We hope you like our swish new look, most especially the typewriter on the front page which was created by our Editor Simon, also our resident super-geek.

As well as publishing authors, he has a passion for making great websites and clever widgets and he’ll be delighted to create a site to help publicise your book if you wish.

Back to our new site however, we’ll be using it to announce news of our fresh new talent and any hot-off-the-press publications from our authors, so why not bookmark us and check back soon.

Incidentally, if you would like to talk to Simon about the manuscript that resides on paper, or in your head, he’d love to hear from you, simply fill in the contact form.

Or if you have a body of work on a bookshelf already that you’d like to take to market in Kindle or another e-reader format, get in touch too, if you own the copyright, we can help!

Wordily yours,

The Team

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Poetry of Divorce: for Women by Tracey West, Out Now

Cover of Poetry of Divorce: for Women by Tracey West

Today, the new book by Tracey West, ‘Poetry of Divorce: for Women’ has launched in paperback and Kindle e-book, across the globe.

It is the product of the tricky divorce endured by the author, but by no means an embittered read.  She discovered that writing poetry was one of her coping mechanisms for getting through it, then she dived head first into a world of poetic fiction.

The end result is a 138 page book covering a wide range of divorce based situations, with an eye catching range of black and white photography to accompany every poem, also taken by the author.

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Press Release: Poetry of Divorce: for Women

Cover of Poetry of Divorce: for Women by Tracey West‘Poetry of Divorce: an antidote to Valentine’s Day Pain’

It’s all very well dedicating February to lovers, but what about those who are wading through separation and rapidly approaching divorce? They don’t make cheerful cards for that!

Finding comfort and solace in writing, Dorset based sustainable living author Tracey Smith (now West) wrote poetry to carve a sane route through her divorce, unsure of where her muse came from, as she’d never written verse before at all. Continue reading Press Release: Poetry of Divorce: for Women