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)


The people you meet: market selling

For a time TSL sold books at markets as part of our attempt to get a fair deal for readers and authors. Sadly, we no longer do as few cater to our model of working.
In my experience, for shoppers markets are either exciting with innovative and varied items or ‘more of the same’ where multiple stall-holders are competing to sell the same thing. For the stall-holder it’s a sometimes rushed off your feet experience but more likely sitting and waiting trying not to look bored.
It’s also an opportunity to get to meet other people, shoppers and stall-holders alike, and that can be absolutely fascinating.
Here are some of the stallholders and others we’ve met along our journey:
Delicious Dauntsey (https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/DeliciousDauntsey) – lovely homemade jams and chutneys
Izipikili – (izipikili.com) – an innovative nail painting resource
Blue Amber Crystals – (www.blueambercrystals.co.uk) – beautiful stone lamps amongst other stones
Natural Quilts – www.naturalquilts.com – quilts that fold into pillows when not needed.
Joanne Shaw designs – www.joanneshawdesigns.co.ulk – gifts and cards which definitely caught my eye
Bernadine’s creations – www.bernadines-creations.co.uk – handmade jewellery
Natural Fragrance Company – www.naturalfragrancecompany.co.uk
The Harrow Marquetry Group (the craft and art of making pictures, decorative designs and patters using woods) – in Hatch End, HA5 4DZ
Sarah’s Scentsations – www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SarahsScentsations
Serenity Sciences semi precious stone bead earings – www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SerenitySciences and www.facebook.com/SerentitySciencesJewellery
Made by Hels – unique hand knit and hand crotchet designs – www.etsy.com/shop/madebyhels, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (madebyhels)
Little Prints – making little moments into memories that will last – www.littleprintskeepsakes.com

A pity some didn’t have websites but if you happen to see them at a market, their tables are worth exploring for a little gem:
Crescent Cards at Boxmoor – handmade quality cards (something a little different in my view)
Pillows at Northwood, thanks for the photo (it – the pillow – now adorns my reading corner)
Bags at Northwood and Beaconsfield – specially made bags for books – what more could a book buyer ask for?
A Bead Bookmark – made from recycled beads (I’ve put one to the test and it rates amongst the most practical yet)

Keep an eye on our calendar to see where we’ll be.
Markets to date include:
Northwood Craft Market
Fishery Wharf Sunday Market, Boxmoor
And as TSL works in partnership, you are likely to meet at least one author helping to look after the stall or popping by to support.
Although TSL no longer does markets, we still meet incredible people in so many different places.


TSL authors support charities

In addition to TSL books which carry a donation to a charity, some of our authors hold events to fundraise for causes close to their hearts.

Henry Dawe has released a song celebrating the life of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh to raising funds in aid of The Silver Line helpline for older people.

Robbie Cheadle supports Gift of Sight in South Africa. You can make a donation through TSL

Sue Hampton is very active.
Together with fellow writer and partner, Leslie Tate, they support The Pepper Foundation through Berkhamsted Live events.
Sue also supports Alopecia UK and was a Trustee for a small charity supporting refugees anywhere and homeless people in the UK – People Not Borders, now part of Herts For Refugees. More recently she is supporting Extinction Rebellion with sales of her book Rebelling for Life.

Dave Robson is supporting Save the Children (Syria). Join him by donating through Just Giving

Marthe Kiley-Worthington is behind We are all Mammals which aims to “advance mutually beneficial relationships between humans & mammals, through knowledge. education & research.”

Andy Myddelton‘s history of Tottenham Hotspur supports The Foundation for Endangered Species (FES).

Proceeds from Fraser Parson‘s books on Strumble the Cat go to Amersham Parksinson’s UK.

All royalties from Dave Ferris‘ poetry books go to Macmillan Cancer Care.

with Jo Meintjes supporting dog welfare in South Africa and Rachel Haywood a cattery in Cumbria.

In addition, TSL has a few books for sale in support of charities – Northwood VAD Hospital and The Little Elephant who Could.

Have you seen?


Leslie Tate interviews

Leslie Tate, author of Heaven’s Rage published by TSL, publishes a weekly interview with someone in the creative field. My plan had been to link to my favourite Leslie Tate interviews, but Leslie’s interests are quite diverse: literature, poetry, music and art with links between all, that I soon realised I’d be listing most of his interviews for different reasons.

And, rather than duplicate things, I recommend you pop across to his site and take a peak. They go back to July 2015.

I look forward to seeing which is your favourite and why.

Thanks Pablo for the image