With 2020 finally behind us, we would like to wish you all a happy new year, and let you know some of the exciting things we have planned for 2021.
We think it is fair to say that 2020 was a year most of us would prefer to forget! While many things were cancelled, including some book events we had planned, there wasn’t much to celebrate.
One positive we had was our Pantomime cards. To date we have raised a total of £330 (including gift aid) for theatrical charities. We still have some packs in stock if you wish to buy some. With the majority of the UK now back under lockdown or tier 4 restrictions, and most theatres remaining closed, we will continue to sell the packs of cards until the end of February.
If you would like to support the arts you can purchase a set here.
Our plans for 2021
As we move into 2021, we have plenty to look forward to, including some new books, together with some changes for those looking for new scripts for performance. Let’s start with our new books.
Man’s First Words by Marvin sexton
This beautiful tale of a small boy with a big idea will capture your child’s imagination with a sense of excitement and wonder. In a world where words do not exist, the story of a man’s first words illustrates the invention of talking and the boy’s journey will entice both parents and children alike.
Due for release on 6th February 2021, this is already available for pre-order on our website or from all good bookshops. All pre-orders direct from us will receive some free goodies along with their book.
A virtual book launch is also in the planning stages, so keep an eye out for more information
Mr Blinking by Charlie King
Mr Blinking appears to have everything: money, status, successful businesses, even a football team, but when he accidentally meets up with a very plucky mouse called Molly in his shop everything changes. Molly threatens to expose Mr Blinking to the Mice Mafia when he tries to make her homeless and reveal his selfishness on social media if he carries on being motivated by greed. Molly wants to help the refugees in Mr Blinking’s trainer factory but haunted by his parents Mr Blinking resists being helped and fights tooth and nail to carry on living his selfish life. Molly isn’t having any of it.
Mr Blinking is due out 6th March 2021, and will be available to pre-order later in January
Intersecting Lines by Chris M L Burleigh
Intersecting Lines is our first foray into publishing works of poetry. Chris is an accomplished poet, having already produced the successful work ‘Particles of Light’ in 2017.
This new collection brings a freshness and a subtle change of voice, while still reflecting Chris’s underlying theme that though life is often serious, it is also full of joy and fun. The poetry is fundamentally good natured. If you have ever loved life, felt sorrow, breathed-in the wonders of our World, or asked ‘Why?’, these poems will resonate. Like all good poetry, they talk about the familiar in unfamiliar ways, giving the reader fresh insights into the experiences we all share.
Intersecting Lines is due out June 2021.
And now for some news about our scripts!
With the majority of the UK either in full lockdown or tier 4, many theatres are due to remain closed for some time. With this in mind we have made some changes to the scripts available on our website.
We have now made available short samples of each of our scripts. These PDF’s contain around 15% of the content of the book, and can be downloaded directly for free. Note they cannot be printed or edited and are intended to give you an idea of the style of the work before purchasing the full script.
If you purchase the full script, we are now offering FREE UK postage on all full-length scripts (one-act plays will still incur a postage charge). If you then decide to go ahead and licence the work, then we will deduct the cost of the first copy from your licence cost (subject to proof of purchase).
So, thank your for your continued support through 2020 and here’s hoping 2021 gives us all plenty to smile about.