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Magic Oxygen Literary Prize Winners Revealed & Stand-Up Poetry Night!

Following hot on the heels of our last post, please consider yourself cordially invited to the Magic Oxygen Literary Prize Awards Evening on Saturday 11th March!

Join us for a fabulous evening of stand-up poetry delivered by a talented bunch of Dorset and Devon poets, who’ll perform an eclectic array of pieces guaranteed to make you giggle, ponder and clap!

Rob Casey, the present Bard of ExeterAll things being equal, the line up should include the current Bard of Exeter Rob Casey and other entertaining odists like Ged Duncan, Tom Rogers, Izzy Robertson, Ninette Hartley, Richard Green, Sarah Acton, Sophia Mosley, the hosts Tracey and Simon West, and more.

It’ll make for a fantastic warm up for the main event of course; the announcement of the winners of the Magic Oxygen Literary Prize 2016-7.

Everyone is welcome to join us for this family-friendly evening which will be live streamed around the world!

The doors will be open at 6:30pm for a prompt 7:00pm start – don’t be late!

Hot and cold refreshments, vegan soup, savouries and cakes will be available too, so bring hungry tummies.

The latest Magic Oxygen Literary Prize Anthology will be available to buy, showcasing the 20 best entries from our shortlisters and winners, plus the winners of the Mini-MOLPs too. As if that’s not enough reasons to enjoy it, a tree will be planted in our Word Forest for every copy sold.

All you need to do now is click here to book your FREE tickets, tell your friends, pop the date in your diary and we’ll look forward to welcoming you literary lovers to the Woodmead Halls at 6:30pm on the 11th March.

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Talking Websites & Death With Author Max Brandt

Simon West & author Max BrandtExeter Central Library was the meeting place today for our tech guru Simon and our fabulous crime author, Max Brandt. Simon was doing a spot of WordPress training and handing over the reins of Max’s new website, MaxBrandt.co.uk which launches later this week.

In between tech-talk and aside from discussing his new title that launched on 14th February, Blind Cupid, they also chatted about one of his other passions, the theatre. Right now, Max is fully immersed in rehearsals for his performance of Fagin in Oliver with the Kingsbridge Amateur Theatre Company – details will be revealed in a post by him very soon!

Max has been treading the boards in various guises for a decade and has written and produced his own play, Dominion, which we have the pleasure of publishing in May.

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Magic Oxygen Literary Prize in the News

Digging the foundations at Kundeni Primary School
Bore villagers digging the foundations for an urgently needed new classroom at Kundeni Primary School, funded by Magic Oxygen

The inspiring story of the Magic Oxygen Literary Prize made it into the Bridport and Lyme News today.

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.

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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:-

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Magic Oxygen Literary Prize 2014-15: the shortlist

We are delighted to combine Happy New Year well wishes, with the announcement of the shortlist for the Magic Oxygen Literary Prize, 2014-15.

We received around 800 entries from 31 countries and the quality was high and incredibly diverse.

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The #MOLP Judgemental Gallery

Judges' GalleryWe are delighted to reveal a few behind the scenes images of some of our judges scoring the entries for the Magic Oxygen Literary Prize.

Please click here to view the gallery and have a gentle peruse!

More coming soon…

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Unveiling the Judges for the Magic Oxygen Literary Prize

Carl Honoré author & judge for the Magic Oxygen Literary Prize 2015
Carl Honoré author & judge for the Magic Oxygen Literary Prize 2015

We are beside ourselves with excitement and delighted to unveil the line up of judges for our literary prize.

We have a unique blend of internationally acclaimed authors, poets, editors, producers, performers, publishers, environmental campaigners, a forestry expert and more from the UK, America, Australia, New Zealand and India.

Please hop across to our dedicated page for the judges and wish them luck as they get their teeth into the entries this weekend!

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The Magic Oxygen Literary Prize is Now Closed

towelsOur tech team are drinking strong coffee and processing the final entries of the night to our literary prize and the judging team are limbering up and getting ready to dive in!

The response to our inaugural writing competition has been absolutely overwhelming.

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We're on the BBC Tomorrow!

Michael Chequer BBC Radio DevonSimon and I will have our best radio faces on early tomorrow morning to chat with Michael Chequer on BBC Radio Devon.

One or possibly both of us will be on between 9-10am on Saturday morning and if you’d like to tune in live, simply click here and tap the button on the top right of the page.

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New Website for Children's Author Sue Hampton

Screenshot for Sue Hampton's new websiteWhen we contract a new author, we don’t just get to work on covers, editing, proofreading and the like, we take a far wider view.

If a book is fabulous, that’s great news, but if nobody has ever heard of the author it’s going to be a bit of an uphill struggle taking their wares to market.

An  attractive and efficient website that puts the user journey at the heart of its functionality is key to helping us and the author bang the drum about their books.

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