Watch The Magic Oxygen Book Launch & Literary Prize Announcements LIVE!

Join Simon and Tracey West LIVE at The Hub in Lyme Regis between 11am and 2pm on Saturday 14th February at the prestigious launch of their 8 new spring titles.

They will also announce the winners of the Magic Oxygen Literary Prize, a unique writing competition for short stories and poetry that attracted almost 800 entries from 31 countries around the world.

Find out who has won a share of the £3,000 prize fund and get an update on the 800 trees they planted in their Word Forest in Bore, Kenya, representing one for each entry received.

Just click the YouTube streaming link below and over the course of the event, you’ll hear readings from the anthology that contains the 20 shortlisted and winning entries and hear interviews with their creators too.

You’ll also hear interviews and readings from the authors launching their wonderful new titles too.

As if that weren’t enough, Mark James will be performing extracts from his award winning play, Dear Mother (available as a performance play script), Anthony Ravenwood the children’s author of The Breathing Wheel and Connor Cadellin McKee who will take you on a roller-coaster ride with his dystopian adventure, Children of the Crater.

Grab a cup of tea, put your feet up and soak up the atmosphere of The Hub and breathe in a bit of Magic Oxygen.

All titles are available now in the shop!

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Sue Hampton – Meet the author of great stories for children and young people

Author Sue Hampton will be at the Malthouse on Saturday, 14 February from 2 to 3pm, and she’s looking forward to meeting readers young and not-so-young. Sue’s latest book, The Dreamer, is published by local publisher Magic Oxygen and is launched Saturday in the Hub, when Magic Oxygen will also be announcing the winners of their Literary Competition.

By the end of 2015 Sue will be the author of twenty-one novels for children and teenagers and two adult novels. Born in Essex in 1956, she had a simple, happy and imaginative childhood, creating her own worlds indoors and out. Like her father Paul, she was always reading and writing. From the age of seven she wanted to be a teacher and an author (and, rather less realistically, a ballet dancer).

Having gained a First Class Honours degree (B.Ed, London) with English as her main subject, she began her teaching career in London. After marrying and becoming a mum of two, she returned to primary teaching in Hertfordshire, where she wrote and directed school plays, edited school magazines and was once nominated for Teacher of the Year. It was in 2007 that she found a publisher and since 08 she has been a full-time author, writing for readers of all ages and across different genres. But she still loves working with young people and has now been booked as an author by over 340 schools up and down the country. The most commonly used word in feedback after her visits is ‘inspiring’. She has also addressed many adult audiences, often in a double act with her husband Leslie Tate, novelist and poet, whom she married in 2012. She will be at Lyme LitFest in 2015.

Sue Hampton and her book TracesTRACES made the top three in The People’s Book Prize 2012 and FRANK won bronze in the Wishing Shelf Award 2013. Three of her titles have been praised by Michael Morpurgo, whose writing she admires for its emotional authenticity, compelling characterisation and exploration of important themes. “Beautifully written… insightful… poignant” was his verdict on THE WATERHOUSE GIRL, he called JUST FOR ONE DAY “terrific” and his review of SPIRIT AND FIRE described it as “enthralling… powerfully written… a novel that lingers long.”

Sue Hampton ambassador of Alopecia UKHaving lost all her hair in 1981, and supported others with hair loss through THE WATERHOUSE GIRL, Sue was thrilled to become an Ambassador for Alopecia UK in 2013. Individuality, equality, difference and courage are themes she has explored in many different ways and she believes passionately in the power of stories. Asked for her motto in a recent interview, she said, “Be true to yourself, don’t judge others and do what you can for the planet and its people.” START is dedicated to her brother Dave Hampton, the Carbon Coach and a Chartered Environmentalist, whose values and commitment she shares.

Writing Your Way Out of the Darkness: Workshop Today!

depressionThere’s a fantastic line up of talks today at The Malthouse in Lyme Regis, including ‘Writing Your Way Out of the Darkness‘ presented by Magic Oxygen Publisher Tracey West and psychotherapist Nayna Kumari.

Writing your way out of the darkness can be a very healing thing to do after an unsettling life event like divorce, bereavement or abuse.

In this calm and positive workshop Nayna Kumari and Tracey West will introduce you to ‘The Stress Cycle’, help you understand how the nervous system works and explore why and how creative writing can help you physically, mentally, emotionally and energetically.

Practical points will include how to find a safe space to write, looking at blocks which stop you writing, top tips on different types of creative writing including poetry, 6-word stories, and simple exercises to help you write it all out. Continue reading Writing Your Way Out of the Darkness: Workshop Today!

How to get published – great advice for authors from our publishers!

Do you have a book struggling to get out? Or have you written a story, poem or book and want to take the first steps in getting it professionally published? We have three experienced publishers who would love to share their wisdom and insight and help you on the path to transforming your work into a paperback or e-Book.

Great advice about presenting your work in the best light, using social and websites and much more.

Malthouse, Town Mill, Lyme Regis, Free, 2.00-3.00pm

Publishers Tracey and Simon West and academic publisher Nick Bellorini will shine a light on how to get into print.

Flash Fiction for Adults

A Flash in the Pan is an exciting creative writing workshop from Janis Lane & Phil Whitehead, the founders of INVIGORWRITE! Join them Tuesday 10 February at 10am and Hix Oyster and Fish House in the gardens above Lyme Regis, on Cobb Road.

This workshop is suitable for all adults, from absolute beginners to more experienced writers. You’ll enjoy an introduction to Flash Fiction, take part in our fun, gentle, writing exercises, and gather tips on how to get the writing habit.

Join Janis and Phil and meet other like-minded people for a morning filled with creativity. With the best view in town at Mark Hix’s fabulous restaurant, you can’t fail to be inspired, and you’ll leave with your own piece of flash fiction, fresh ideas and the confidence to write. Please bring your notebook and pen/pencil.

£20 per person includes tea or coffee and a delicious Hix snack from the breakfast menu.

Booking is essential. Please email to reserve a place.
If you can’t make this date do email Janis to register your interest in a future workshop.

Published writers Janis Lane and Phil Whitehead have experience of teaching, running workshops, and giving demonstrations in various community and educational spheres. Their company, INVIGORWRITE!, encourages creativity, confidence, and communication through creative writing. They offer a range of workshops to adults of all abilities, schoolchildren of all ages, and businesses.

Poets – want to come and slam?

The Hip Yak Poetry Shack will be performing Friday night at the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, at 8pm. They’d love to welcome a few more poets to read a poem as part of the slam – one poem, no more than three minutes?

Interested? Know someone else who might be? Contact – hope to see you there!



3 Extra Authors: Mark James, Ant Ravenwood & Connor Cadellin McKee

Mark James, Ant Ravenwood & Connor Cadellin McKee
Mark James, Ant Ravenwood & Connor Cadellin McKee

As if the 8 new book launches weren’t enough to fill your boots with on Saturday 14th February, you’ll also have the chance to meet 3 more of Magic Oxygen’s established authors at The Hub between 11am and 2pm.

Namely the award winning playwright, Mark James, children’s storyteller and incredible musician Ant Ravenwood and sci-fi author Connor Cadellin McKee.

Last year, Connor released his roller-coaster of a read, the dystopian sci-fi adventure Children of the Crater. He’s also a very talented graphic artist and designed the cover too.

He’ll be delighted to chat to you about this fascinating genre and will be happy to answer any questions you have about how to get started writing your own.

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We’re on BBC Solent this Saturday Morning!

BBC Solent LogoIt’s all go here in the media hub!

This coming Saturday morning the 7th February, Tracey and Simon West from Magic Oxygen Publishing based here in Lyme will be chatting live in the studio to Tim Butcher on BBC Radio Solent.

Tune in from 8am to get the skinny on who will be appearing at our unmissable Meet the Author event and what their books are all about too, as well as some of the other events taking place during the festival.

Don’t miss it!


Lyme Literary Festival in the News!

Breaking NewsThis week’s View From Lyme had a rather splendid feature about our forthcoming events, paying particular attention to our ‘Meet the Authors‘ extravaganza on Saturday 14th February at The Hub.

Francesca Evans reported:

LYME Regis will host its first literary festival next week, showcasing internationally-established and up-and-coming authors who embrace a multitude of genres, as well as celebrating the town’s literary heritage.

The inaugural event will run from Monday, February 9th to Sunday 15th and will offer a diverse programme of events, including a “literary extravaganza” on Saturday, February 14th when eight authors will launch their latest books at The Hub from 11am to 2pm.

The mass launch is being hosted by Lyme-based eco-publishing company Magic Oxygen Publishing and will see hot-off-the-press titles covering a range of genres launched by authors Max Brandt, James Dunford Wood, Sue Hampton, Chris Hill, Izzy Robertson, Gordon Strong, Rob B. Windsor.

Thank you Francesca!

Click here to read the full report.

A Literary Extravaganza in The Hub

Cover of the Magic Oxygen Literary Prize Anthology 2014-5Saturday morning will see a hive of literary activity in The Hub as Magic Oxygen throw a launch party for their 8 new spring titles and all the authors will be there to chat to you.

They include a Bridport Prize winner, an expert in myth, magic and legend and a prolific children’s author who won adulation from the amazing Michael Morpurgo!

Magic Oxygen are a small green publishing house based here in Lyme and their titles are delightfully diverse. The new releases include a sinister crime thriller, some fabulous fantasy fiction, a couple of romantic comedies with a super twist, there’s even a graphic novel.

As if that weren’t enough, they’ll also be announcing the winner of their recent literary prize, a unique writing competition that planted a tree for every entry and is also planting a tree for each anthology sold.

Come and find out about their Word Forest, hear readings from the new titles and the anthology, listen to interviews with the authors and there will even be extracts from one of their prize winning play scripts, Dear Mother, being performed by Mark James at 1.30pm.

Click here to look at the event listing and find out more about the titles and make sure you keep 11am-2pm marked out in your diary!

February 9th – 15th 2015