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New Website for Bridport Prize Winning Author Chris Hill

Front page of website for Bridport Prize Winning Author, Chris HillWe are supremely excited about the forthcoming Lyme Literary Festival which will take place between 9th and 15th February 2015.

Chris Hill, one of our fabulous new authors, will be there launching his latest book, The Pick-Up Artist.

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.

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Artistic Connections With Andy Wright Studios

Andy Wright & Karen ChildMagic Oxygen are very proud to announce a divine collaboration with Andy Wright Studios, based in Toronto, Canada.

Andy was born and raised in the UK and moved to Canada almost 15 years ago. He has pursued his dream to become a high-end photographer. Andy has toured with Spock’s Beard, Sound of Contact, and the legendary rock band Marillion with whom he produced an outstanding book, 9:30 to Fillmore, an in-depth visual account of their North American tour in 2012.

From their headquarters in the Toronto area, Andy Wright Studios shoots everything from musicians to models to Marmite jars. AWS artwork has been featured on numerous album covers and their concepts and creativity have been placed on everything from social media sites to t-shirts and posters. They also do an increasing amount of work at live events and trade shows and on film and theatre sets too, capturing stills and on set action as it happens.

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Is Social Media Important for Authors? Ask Anthony

Anthony RavenwoodWe have a prolific writer and talented musician in our stable of amazing authors, Mr Anthony Ravenwood.

He penned The Breathing Wheel, a children’s fantasy fiction book with wonderful illustrations by Stephen Bayliss and it landed on bookshelves at the tail end of last year.

He is now fully immersed writing a soundtrack to accompany his story and will be giving live performances in the not too distant future. If I had to pick a couple of artists to give you a sense of his musical style, I would say Peter Gabriel, Pink Floyd, Genesis, Alan Parsons; I’m sure you get the idea…

Anyway, this was meant to be about how social media can elevate your status and spread your message but I suspect I may also have piqued your interest for this enigmatic author.

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Should I Enter the Magic Oxygen Literary Prize?

Neon Clock FaceAbsolutely!

As it stands, you currently have one month, one week and two days to enter our literary  prize competition.

Interestingly enough, we have a very similar numbers of short stories versus poems, if you’ll pardon the pun and we’d love to balance a few more on our ever growing pile of virtual paper!

We are planting a tree for every single entry we receive and are enormously excited about our Word Forest which is being coordinated by Ru Hartwell, a man entirely dedicated to countless planting schemes around the world.

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New Authors Alert!

Chicken on a BBQI do love sharing good news.

Over the summer, Magic Oxygen Publishing signed contracts with some pretty impressive established authors.

They include Chris Hill, whose previous novel Song of the Sea God recently won yet another award and the wonderful children’s author Sue Hampton, whose notable back catalogue comprises over 20 best selling novels for young readers.

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The London Book Fair 2014

Cover of The London Book Fair 2014 DirectoryWhat a terrific three days we’ve had spreading the word about our talented authors at the London Book Fair in Earls Court.

Paperback copies of Dear Mother, Action Plan for Living With an Alcoholic, The Breathing Wheel and more were shown to interested parties with great pride and we also discussed our forthcoming titles Children of the Crater and Off Her Facebook! the graphic novel amongst many others.

Rather coincidentally, the 1st day of the fair also shared the 1st anniversary of our inaugural paperback publication, Poetry of Divorce: for women by Tracey West.

Without wanting to sound too nostalgic – after all, it has only been 370 days – our compact and bijou team feel we’ve come a long way during that time. With almost 20 titles either out in paperback or e-book and the rest in production, it’s certainly not shabby progress in what is a very challenging, volatile and occasionally fickle market.

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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

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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.

Contact:

Simon West: Editor, Magic Oxygen Publishing
Telephone: 07896 884 114
Email:   [email protected]
Website: www.MagicOxygen.co.uk

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 www.MarkJamesPlays.co.uk for his blog and further details.

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Author, Tracey West, Interviews Author, Mark James!

Playwright & Actor Mark JamesI’m delighted to introduce you to one of our fabulous authors, Mark James. 

Today, his award-winning play, Dear Mother has been published by us as a play script.

Mark is an actor, a music teacher and playwright based in the South West. I wanted to find out a bit more about what makes him tick and asked, which of those three hats he enjoys wearing most?

Hi Tracey, I can honestly say that the best part about my career is the variety that I get in it. I love my job and couldn’t pick an area that I enjoy the most out of them. Each one leads itself around to the other.

You were introduced to me as an actor. When did you first get the bug to act, what was your first role and in which performance?

I had always wanted to act since being at school, it was a huge passion from a very early age. Unfortunately, the school I went to was an all boys secondary that had no theatre or drama departments and music was restricted to an after school club. When I left school, life just got in the way and a new career started.

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Action Plan For Living With An Alcoholic: Out Now!

Lilly Laine, author of Action Plan For Living With An AlcoholicThe Team are absolutely delighted to announce that Lilly Laine’s début title, Action Plan For Living With An Alcoholic, is available to buy today!

The book is a survival guide for partners of alcohol dependants and has been written by a wonderful lady who knows about what happens, all too well.

Her husband was 10 years alcohol addicted and Lilly felt she had tried everything to pull her life back together and to get him to stop, to no avail.

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How to Present Your Manuscript in 10 Easy Steps

An Untidy ManuscriptWe get an interesting variety of calls at Magic Oxygen from budding authors who want to talk about their manuscripts, some of which are sitting under virtual lock and key and others have been sitting on top of the wardrobe gathering dust and dead spiders, patiently waiting for the perfect moment to burst forth.

We love it when that timely event combines with finding Magic Oxygen’s contact details, because only a few things come close to talking to somebody about making their literary dreams come true.

Assuming (a) the writer can string an entertaining sentence or two together and (b) the initial discussions go well, step (c) will be to look at the practical steps that need to take place to turn the manuscript into a paperback, graphic novel, play, e-book etc.

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