Editor in Chief Simon West chatted to reporter David Bol recently and said he believes the competition proved popular because entrants were rewarded by having a tree planted in their name in their Word Forest in Bore, Kenya and some of the entry money was also used to build an urgently needed classroom at Kundeni Primary School.
In preparation for the book launch, he has also launched a brand new website, courtesy of our sister eco-company Swan Developments.
Chris is a phenomenal social media hound and if you’d like to keep up to speed with his literary activity, hop across to www.ChrisHillAuthor.co.uk and subscribe, or follow his Twitter stream or Facebook page.
Chris Hill is an accomplished author with a Bridport Prize winning feather in his cap too.
We are very proud to be publishing his forthcoming title, The Pick-Up Artist during the Lyme Literary Festival in early February 2015.
He was born on Walney Island off the coast of Cumbria in the North of England and now lives in Gloucester with his wife, their two teenage sons and Murphy, a Cockerpoo.
He works as a PR officer for UK children’s charity WellChild and spent more than 20 years as a crime reporter and editor of regional newspapers. His vocational knowledge strongly influenced the plotline of The Pick-Up Artist which is based in the office of a local paper.
The Magic Oxygen Literary Prize 2014-15 was a truly unique international writing competition that sought excellence in two categories; short stories and poetry.
This anthology contains the 10 best pieces and winners from each category. They were awarded the highest marks by 21 judges from around the world, which were whittled down from almost 800 entries received from 31 countries.
For every purchase of the anthology in paperback or e-book, we will plant another tree in the Word Forest and we’ll also contribute royalties that will fund the building of an urgently needed classroom at the Kundeni School.
Max Brandt lives in Devon with his wife Janie and started writing more years ago than he cares to remember.
For 25 years he fronted a rock band and pens lyrics occasionally, but more recently, has contented himself writing several one-act plays and a full length drama called Dominion which will send shivers up your spine and naturally, we’ll be publishing it soon.
His début title, Blind Cupid was written over ten years and was inspired by his time spent working in the care system with damaged and abused young people.
Blind Cupid is no gentle read. When we were first approached with the manuscript Simon and I discussed child murder and abuse at great length. Did we want to dive into this murky underworld? We don’t want to visually wound our readers and this is heavy material.
We are incredibly excited to announce a wonderful new signing to Magic Oxygen Publishing, in the form of Sue Hampton, a prolific and vibrantly entertaining children’s author.
Sue has an enormous back catalogue that includes The Waterhouse Girl, The Gorilla Dreams, Alas and Alack, Just For One Day, Ongalonging and many more.
Michael Morpurgo is a great fan of her work too – take a look at Sue’s website and see what he has to say about it.
In our blog post a few days back, we revealed that Sue’s forthcoming title with us is called The Dreamer, edited by our lovely Izzy Robertson and you’ll be able to get your hands on a copy when she launches it at the Lyme Literary Festival between the 9th and 15th February 2015.
Here’s a little taster of what The Dreamer is all about.
Simon and I are willingly assisting the organisers and doing all we can to ensure the events are packed with talks, workshops, interviews, performances and more, from some of the most entertaining and informative writers this side of the Watford Gap…we might even get some in from further than that.