Henry Dawe


Words – what emotions do they conjure?

I missed which author said it, but his message was that when you sit down in front of your typewriter to write, you should not think, you need to feel. Thinking is done away from the machine. It’s good advice for some types of writing – in particular novels, but not all… Having said that, the essence holds for all writing – the words you choose are important and influence the reader. Talking to someone about a book in draft form recently, the question was asked – who’s the audience? WIll the language be accessible?

Here are some titles with words to conjure emotion…

They’re a Play on Words by Henry Dawe
Frivolous Verse and worse – Johannes Kerkhoven
Amazing Grace – Megan Carter
Underdressing – Roger Bray
Now What was I saying… – Kim Wedler

Ah, yes… while the words on covers might convey one message, individual words inside a book can also be image provoking as in The Glowing Blossoms that kept the roots alive – Amna Agib
And the gramatically incorrect – Shaka are Dead by John Samson – a book written in a colloquial South African English.


Cartoon Covers – don’t assume…

The jury is still out, as far as I’m concerned, about the role a cover plays in whether a book is bought or not. Is it the cover, is it the title or something else? By all accounts, it’s 50-50. The impact of blurbs, reviews and word of mouth seems to be more settled. Whilst blurbs were important in years gone by, todya they have often deteriorated into telling the story or being purely a range of quotes by well-known names. Reviews, whilst they still seem to be popular to write and be read seem to have very little impact generally speaking on whether a book is bought or not. That, I suppose links with word of mouth – by far the best way to get people to buy a book. Being a subject specialist reader (in my other life) where topic determines whether or not I invest in a book, I rely on recommendations by a few trusted people and more often than not, a footnote…

Onto cartoons – again, not everyone’s cup of tea, as they say. But a good means to convey a message, often belying a more serious topic. See what you think of these books by TSL authors… history, poetry, limericks, humour, and political parody all feature in this collection.


#Review: Henry Dawe’s “The Autumn of My Years” #radio #play

The Autumn of My Years broadcast on Harborough FM, Leicestershire in November 2023 is a three-part, 120 minute long, radio play written by Henry Dawe, a TSL author.

I don’t believe in recounting story lines and don’t intend to start now but will say this is a moving story about two people who meet at the theatre and their developing relationship. While I don’t recount the story, you can read what LincsOnline says about it, including some input from Henry.

In an age where many are becoming self-centred, not caring about others, this well-crafted script with Henry’s trademark play on words shows what can happen when people look out for each other. Henry doesn’t shy away from tackling issues of age, loneliness and in the post-discussion production mention was made about where people can access support if any of the issues raised in the play affect them. This is in keeping with Henry’s acute awareness of people and the challenges many face. His insight into people, grasp and manipulation of the English language, and his gift of conveying a serious message through humour stand out for me in this production.

If you do get a chance to listen to the play, do. And hopefully this is the first of Henry’s radio successes. If you can’t get to listen to The Autumn of My Years, there are always his two collections published by TSL – A Play on Words and Thirty Pieces of Pottiness.

See more about Henry at https://henrydawe.co.uk and watch him on Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/@HenryDaweWriterActor

Henry is a member of London Playwrights.


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)

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Aristocracy: a developing theme

Aristocracy: a developing theme

Despite today’s ideas of equality, the Aristocracy still features strongly in literature. Suprisingly, in a number of books published by TSL. For this list, we turn things around adding a couple of other related books to those by TSL authors:

1. Maya Alexandri – The Celebration Husband features the von Brantburgs
2. Josie Arden – Broken Ties of Time featuring Lord Winsforth
3. Ray Wooster – A Boy’s War Journal 1942-1942 featuring the Bracon family

Short stories:
The Brute and the Beast in Ravelled and other stories by Sue Hampton
Where the bee sucks in Tea at the Opalaco and other stories by Jane Lockyer Willis

Children’s stories:
Sir Chocolate and the Strawberry Cream Berries by Robbie and Michael Cheadle

The bonus books are:
Lord Greystoke aka Tarzan
Count Dracula
Pomp and Circumstance by Sue Hampton

And more from TSL authors since 2016:

Big Name Hunting and A limerick romp through time – Arnie Wilson
From Commoner to Coronet by Beatrice Holloway

Henry Dawe performs Two Paces Back, a charity music video celebrating the life of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and raising funds in aid of The Silver Line helpline for older people.

Not quite an aristocrat but with a Crown in his name is Christopher Crown and the Immortal Signal by Tricia Price.

first pubilshed 20 July 2016, updated 2024

Thanks to Pablo for the image


Henry Dawe

About Henry Dawe

Henry Dawe is an actor and writer whose work has been performed in London (The Canal Café Theatre, The Club for Acts and Actors, The Cockpit Theatre, The Museum of Comedy), at the Leicester Comedy Festival and on national and regional radio. He has taken parts in most of those productions.
While Play on Words draws inspiration from his love for wordplay and for the Golden Age of British Comedy, Thirty Pieces of Pottiness is a collection of sketches, shorts and monologues for professional or amateur use designed to tickle your funny bone.

See more about Henry here – also has a link to his fundraising project.

Books by Henry