Madison's Song to be launched at Ottakar's

the first novel of Kay Plowman aka Srah Tyler the Opera Singer


Meet Kay at Ottakar’s, Putney Exchange, Putney High Street, on 29th June at 7pm. on 29th June, enjoy wine and refreshments, and hear Kay talk about the creation of Madison’s Song and read extracts from the book.

All enquiries to Sarah Tyler, at or on 07889 280766

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Before the publication of Madison’s Song, author Kay Plowman had already established an impressive list of academic publications. But the co-author of several key text books for Religious Studies, including Advanced Religious Studies (Philip Allan Updates) and Revise Religion and Life GCSE Religious Studies (Heinemann), chose a pen name for the purpose of her work as a fiction writer. ‘I needed to keep a distance from my identity as an academic writer’, Kay explains. ‘Madison’s Song marks such a complete departure for me, but one which I’m excited to be making in the company of a new identity!’

Not entirely new, however, as Kay brings to her first novel a wealth of experience as a singer. ‘Like the heroine of Madison’s Song, I’m a lyric coloratura mezzo soprano, and have sung all the roles she sings during the course of the novel, and many more: Sesto, Carmen, Cenerentola, Orfeo, Donna Elvira, Rosina, Second and Third
Ladies, Dorabella, Idamantes, Maddalena, to name but a few.’

‘I had always wanted to be able to write fiction, but it was only when I followed the old adage ‘write about what you know’ that I found the right direction,’ Plowman adds. ‘Singing is the most important thing in my life, and I enjoy relating to the teenage students I work with at a London 6th form college. Once I put the two together, Madison’s Song took on a life of its own. Initially, I wrote a short story, Playing the Part, which won two Editor’s Awards for on-line fiction and was published in a small anthology by Forward Press. Inspired, I took the characters from the story, added several more, put flesh on the bones of the idea – a singer who had fallen in love with her pianist – and Madison was born. I’ve been excited by the responses I’ve had from early readers, singers and non-singers alike, and particularly by how readers seem find it impossible to remain neutral about any of the characters.’


June 22, 2005