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Christopher X Morris appreciation

Christopher X Morris

Trust is a hard hitting dark play. It shows what lengths someone in an abusive relationship can do to break free.

As Chrisopher said in his fundraising blurb for the production – its aim is to let people in such relationships know they are not alone.

Christopher is a very private person. You won’t find much about him on line other than what is in the TSL bio for him, so sadly I can’t point you to his other productions or even give you an idea of what they entail. This is a pity because if Trust is anything to go by, he’s an audacious writer prepared to tackle difficult themes.

While I might not have gone to watch Trust (it was performed in New York where Chrisopher is based), it certainly did grab, and hold onto, me whilst I was preparing it for publication. All credit to Christopher for sticking his head out to get the play written, produced and published – it received an accolade at the NY Summerfest in 2018 for creativity – just a pity this hasn’t translated into greater recognition for either the script or Christopher, evidence of how tough it is out there to be heard…

Mark Brookes’ POET’s Day, part of the Crane Trilogy is another hard-hitting play, dealing with issues few want to see on screen. TSL worked with Mark on this back in 2016/7.

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Megan Carter appreciation

Megan Carter

Megan is another of TSL’s quiet authors. Social media and other such things are not her strength.
She prefers being with people and is quite community focused evidenced by the author sales of her poetry collection Amazing Grace.
If you are looking for a reflective read of a Christian or spiritual nature, why not give Megan’s book a read?

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Ray Wooster appreciation

Ray Wooster

Ray Wooster is another of TSL’s early authors, also with a link to Harrow Writers’ Circle of which he was President when we met. Ray is also one of our authors who never typed his own stories, had a computer or engaged with social media. Ray has a very supportive family who helped with the typing and getting his texts to me.

Ray, at the time of writing this appreciation has dementia, but before this I could always rely on his quirky take on life cheering up my day. With his first royalty payment (he dealt with cheques), he gleefully told me he bought a Jaguar car – a Dinkie toy!

Ray was encouraged by his family to write his many stories down. He was a great story teller. This culminated in his trilogy since put into one book called A Boy’s War Journal. It’s essentially a what if Germany invaded London during WW2. Ray uses this scenario to set many of his own experiences of growing up in London during and after the war. Frustratingly, Ray is one of those authors who do not see a need for multiple edits of a text, not surprisingly given his school background. This put a fair bit of pressure on the editing process and although the book remains unpolished, it is a good ripping yarn – as told by Ray.
For many years, it was also one of TSL’s best sellers… Ray had a knack of getting people to buy his book without resorting to social media but he would never divulge his secret! Feedback on the book has generally been positive.

Ray’s next most popular books have been the short memoir series covering his life in the 30s and 40s, And the Baby Came Too, followed by Australia OAP Gap Year.

Less successful only in terms of sales but another good read is his Aunt Jane. Ray conceived the idea of Commuter books which we trialled – shortish stories to read on the bus or tube… he did his research first to work out demand etc, but the people he consulted, similar to himself do not purchase books in the modern way… I do recommend Aunt Jane.

Another venture was The Miller’s Boy, we ended up changing the title from Human Bondage (that’s still the title of the ebook though) as modern readers didn’t quite get the different meaning of the word ‘bondage’ – Ray’s story is historical fiction, telling the tale of a family sold into bondage to repay a debt. Another story I enjoyed reading.

Finally, there’s Michael’s Magic Motor Car – a children’s book of adventure. Another bit of fun – and a grandad features too…

If you’re after beautiful writing and prose, Ray is not the author for you. But if you’re after a good old story, well told about life in the early to mid-twentieth century, give Ray a chance.