If you’ve been keeping an eye on our social media, you’ll know we’re all getting a bit excited about Valentine’s Day… We are going to be sharing the love of 8 brand new books, so hot off the press they aren’t even in the shops yet!
On the 14th February, you are all cordially invited to our Meet the Author gig, one of the pinnacle events of the Lyme Literary Festival which we’ve helped to put together. The doors will be open at The Hub on Church Street in Lyme Regis from 11am to 2pm and you’ll be able to meet all of our amazing new authors and a few of our existing ones too.
With an absolute plethora of content and literary activity going on that day, you must ensure you have it marked in your diary. Tickets are just £2 on the door and fully redeemable against book purchases. You’ll also get a delicious cake for every book bought too, a perfect treat to enjoy as you snaffle off to a comfy chair to dive into your new books!
Between now and next Saturday, have fun hopping around on our funky widget – click the titles and see where they take you!
On Saturday 14th February we’ll be launching 8 brand new titles from some very well respected and talented new authors too.
The launch pad for our fabulous new reads will be The Hub on Church Street in Lyme Regis (just up from the Marine Theatre) and will take place between 11am and 1pm – if it’s super-busy, we’ll extend that through to 2pm.
The authors (see below) will all be there and be delighted to chat to you about one of their favourite topics, creative writing!
They’ll also be available to sign copies of their new books too – these titles are so hot off the press, they aren’t even in the bookshops yet!
Rob works at one of the country’s leading residential centres for the treatment of addiction and since 2006, he has written a number of prize winning short plays.
As creative director with his company, Facing Tides Theatre, he wrote a linked trilogy of powerful dramas that focused on various types of addiction, with alcoholism running through them all. Off Her Facebook! kicked off the incredible trilogy.
They have been staged in theatres and educational establishments, along with post-performance outreach workshops.
I’m delighted to introduce you to one of our fabulous authors, Mark James.
Today, his award-winning play, Dear Motherhas 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.
News just in (well, actually we knew last week, but were waiting to have it confirmed) Tracey West, one of our most prolific authors, is taking her book Poetry of Divorce: for women and adapting it into a dark comedy play.
It will feature several of her poems from the book; some poignant, some dark and a few that can can only be tagged quite simply, as saucy.
Poetry of Divorce was originally written as a coping mechanism for Tracey to get through her tumultuous divorce but the pieces she wrote didn’t lay out the intestines of her story, they were a melange of threads of truth from several divorces and many of them just sprung forth from the glittery corners of her imagination.
Mark James is a powerhouse of an actor and playwright and we’re very proud to be publishing his inaugural play, Dear Mother.
Incidentally and just as an aside, if you read our note yesterday about Rob Windsor’s latest post, you might be interested to know that Mark has played the lead role in many of Rob’s Facing Tides Theatre productions, including Off Her Facebook!
Anyway, there is clearly an element of literary glitter in the air this week, as both of our talented playwrights have knocked out stupendous postings on their websites.
Mark site can be found at MarkJamesPlays.co.uk and he has just penned a piece filled to the gills with advice for anyone thinking about putting on a performance of Dear Mother. However, even if you’re not considering doing so, it does offer a wonderful insight to the mind of a creative writer as he imparts top tips on how to put visual polish onto a performance.