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It’s a small world – how often are these words uttered? But it really does seem to be so interconnected.

As part of an email conversation I was sent the following link: Johannes Kerkhoven – just scroll down on this landing page and there’s a lovely painting of a cricket ground. Immediate thoughts jump to The Moon is Toast by Andrew Samson. The other paintings make me think of Sheelagh Frew-Crane who painted the covers for Sue Hampton’s Ravelled and Leslie Tate’s Heaven’s Rage which then links with the film by Mark Crane, partner of Sheila…

And if that’s not enough, Johannes has published a book of limericks. Link – Arnie Wilson’s A Limerick Romp through Time.

Bringing them all together is this lovely photo of Arnie giving Jeremy a copy of The Moon is Toast soon after TSL launched Arnie’s two books: Big Name Hunting and A Limerick Romp through Time.

Other connections have been aluded to in the past: Sue Hampton and People Not Borders‘ book I am Me with artwork by Paula Watkins who teaches at Community Learning Partnership, South Oxhey, a group one of the TSL Directors is involved with. It was only at a meeting to discuss the book that links were made.

And if you’re looking for another person’s perspective on connections, see Kathleen Bates’ book Joyful Witness.

Why not share some of your literary connections with us…they all help support each other.

Originally posted on 23/06/2018 @ 20:20


Player Playwrights #drama #theatre #performance

Back in January 2019 I had the pleasure of meeting Player Playwrights at The Tavern, their London base. While TSL playwright Melville Lovatt was the catalyst in bringing us together, an outcome of that encounter has been the signing of a number of authors – both for plays and short stories.

So, it is with great pleasure that TSL can showcase the work of this group of playwrights and actors whether or not they’ve been published by TSL.
Take a look and then see who has been published by TSL (and it’s not just drama)


Priests and Religious men

Priests and Religious men

Religion in the UK is apparently on the decline yet it features in a few novels – in fact a surprising number.
For example in novels authored by TSL writers, we have:

Most well-known in British literature:
Father Brown by GK Chesterton
and the Irish-based sitcom Father Ted
The Thornbirds by Colleen McCullough
all of which
feature Roman Catholic priests.

Some factual church histories include:

And a musical – Faith is the Key by Barbara and John Towell (forthcoming)


Originally posted on 21/06/2018 @ 20:20


Cook #Books #readinglist

When one hears of Cook books, one’s mind automatically turns towards recipe books. At TSL we don’t have recipe books as such but we do have the Sir Chocolate series where each book contains simple recipes illustrating the story which young people can make.
Similarly, Silly Willy Goes to Cape Town also has some recipes to illustrate the story and enjoy.

But we also have a book or two by or mentioning Cook:

Brian Cook’s Home Ground tells the story of families farming in the Yorkshire Dales, international business and the search for love.
A little more obscure is Andrew Samson’s The Moon is Toast – well, you’ll just have to buy the book to see if Alistair Cook is mentioned (or find the index on the TSL website).

And then some related titles:
Beatrice Holloway’s Facts, Folklore and Feasts of Christmas and Debbie Nagioff’s collection of drama pieces, An American Lunch.


Chimney Sweeps

Chimney Sweeps

Little did I know when I met Paul Ross at the TSL sponsored Meet the Author Day that I was meeting a chimney sweep: a real live chimney sweep! I’d read about them and seen pictures of them but assumed they were pretty much an extinct breed. How wrong I was!

Paul has since published a book for children about a chimney sweep – Rodney and his daughter Jemima go on adventures and solve mysteries using their special gifts. These are stories he told his own children when they were little and now his grandchildren get to see them in print.

Probably the most well-known chimney sweep is Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist followed closely by Charles Kingsley’s The Water-babies: A fairy tale for a land-baby. Hans Christian Anderson also wrote about The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep

And for those interested in a history of Chimney Sweeps in Britain, here’s a brief overview.


Thanks Pablo for the image


Originally posted on 16/06/2018 @ 20:20