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Alt-Write: creative reactions to uncertain times
A collection of new stories, poems and illustrations from leading names in the children’s book world
Rhiannon Lassiter
Oxford, United Kingdom
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The collection Alt-Write: creative reactions to uncertain times is a collection of new stories, poems and illustrations from leading names in the children’s book world. The past year has delivered a tumultuous series of world events that has left people reeling. This collection, to be published in Spring 2018, is an outpouring of those emotions, an appeal to reason and way for us to contribute to those in need of help.

The collection

Alt-Write: creative reactions to uncertain times is a collection of new stories, poems and illustrations from leading names in the children’s book world.

The past year has delivered a tumultuous series of world events that has left people reeling. Writers and artists feel a duty and passion to respond and interpret these events.

This collection, to be published in Spring 2018, is an outpouring of those emotions, an appeal to reason and a road map of the strange journey we’ve been on for the past year and a signpost for where we are headed.

Authors and illustrators asked themselves what they could do to help and the answer was to do what we do best, to write and draw and create. When you don't like the story the world is telling, tell a different story.

Crowd-funding campaign

This is a non-profit collection. All the money raised from sales will be donated to UNHCR (the UN refugee agency). All the contributors are donating their work, and some are also donating original artwork too. We need to raise £13,000 to cover production costs of the book.

We are asking for your support to bring this book to life. In our campaign video we talk about the need for a new narrative, for building bridges not walls and for compassion and understanding for those who have suffered from the devastating affects of war and conflict.

By donating to our campaign you can support the creation of new work, contribute to new understanding and secure yourself a copy of the book or the original artwork produced by fantastic writers and artists. 

For more about our costs breakdown please visit our website FAQ page

The editors

Editors Mary Hoffman and Rhiannon Lassiter are a mother and daughter team with a proven track record in publishing. In 2003 they co-edited a similar collection Lines in the Sand: New writing on war and peace published by Frances Lincoln in the UK and The Disinformation Press in the US. All the contributors' royalties and the publishers’ profits went to UNICEF's emergency appeal for the children of Iraq. For more about the editors visit our website profile page

The contributors

Contributions to Alt-Write include a cover produced by former Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell and new work by other talented writers and illustrators.

Contributors include

  • Carnegie award-winning Frank Cottrell Boyce (and a host of other Carnegie nominated authors)
  • Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy
  • Scottish Makar and Guardian-award winning poet Jackie Kay
  • Winner of the Waterstones Prize and The Bookseller prize, Patrice Lawrence
  • Rising star and multiple award winning illustrator Sarah McIntyre
  • Carnegie and Guardian prize winning novelist Susan Price
  • Twice winner of the Kate Greenaway award for best illustrated children’s book and former Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell
  • Celebrated poet and former Children’s Laureate Mike Rosen.
  • Best-selling illustrator Nick Sharratt
  • Award-winning novelist and poet Alex Wheatle the Brixton Bard
  • World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement, Jane Yolen

Our full list (so far, with more names to be announced) is: Patrice Aggs, Iris Anya Abras, Philip Ardagh, Ros Asquith, Christina Balit, Cathy Butler, Rūta Briede, Margaret Chamberlain, Lucy Coats, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Doug Cushman, Carol Ann Duffy, Kathryn Evans, Alan Gibbons, Miriam Halahmy, Shahrukh Husain, Inbali Iserles, Savita Kalhan, Jackie Kay, Tanya Landman (Foreword), Patrice Lawrence, Karin Littlewood, Antony Lishak, Paul Magrs, Irfan Master, Jonathan Mayhew, Sarah McIntyre, Michaela Morgan, Linda Newbery, Korky Paul, Jeff Perks, Andrew Fusek Peters, Chris Priestley, Saviour Pirotta, Susan Price, Jane Ray, Celia Rees, Chris Riddell, Michael Rosen, Lawrence Schimel, Nick Sharratt, John Shelley, Bridget Strevens-Marzo, Colin West, Alex Wheatle, Jane Yolen and Benjamin Zephaniah.

Almost all of them have produced new work for this collection.

See more about our fantastic contributors on our website.

"And I Still Hear Nina Singing Mississippi Goddam" by Alex Wheatle (Video images some viewers may find distressing.)

Read more extracts on our website.

Publisher

The Greystones Press is a small but perfectly formed independent publishing company, specializing in good adult and young adult fiction and adult non-fiction. It is supported by a team of professional publishing experts who produce high quality books. For more about the team please visit The Greystones Press website

Challenges

Because of our track record in publishing and with the help of professional services we believe the only barrier to this collection existing is raising the necessary funds for production.

We have set this campaign to "fixed funding" so that if we don't raise the costs we need we won't claim anything. If we raise more than we need anything additional will be donated. 

The biggest challenge is getting the word out about this amazing collection. Please help us by sharing our story.

Other ways you can help

Please help us spread the word about our campaign by sharing it on social media and telling your family, friends and colleagues about it.

What's coming next?

We have more perks coming this weekend including ORIGINAL JANE RAY ARTWORK FOR SALE. We also have more announcements to come including the CHRIS RIDDELL COVER  and a PROMOTIONAL VIDEO FROM ALEX WHEATLE.

For more about the book visit our website: http://www.alt-write.org

For news, updates, spotlights on contributors and new campaign perks follow our twitter: @altwriteproject

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The collection Alt-Write: creative reactions to uncertain times is a collection of new stories, poems and illustrations from leading names in the children’s book world. The past year has delivered a tumultuous series of world events that has left people reeling. This collection, to be published in Spring 2018, is an outpouring of those emotions, an appeal to reason and way for us to contribute to those in need of help.
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