One city … 3 items … 15 short stories, all in one book. Canberra author Sean Costello set himself a challenge to write a short fictional story each week based on three items requested by social media users. As an unabashed fan of Canberra, the only condition was that he would set the story in his home town. The resulting collection of bespoke stories provides a wonderful lens through which to view one of Australia’s most misunderstood cities.
With a foreword by Peter Greste
Profits from this will at the suggestion of the Greste family assist the Foreign Prisoner Support Service.
The world was shocked when foreign correspondent Peter Greste was convicted in June 2014 of reporting false news and endangering Egypt’s national security.
The trickle of emails for Peter and his family that had begun with his arrest the previous December increased exponentially. The Grestes set up an email address for the letters, firstname.lastname@example.org, then printed out copies to take to Peter. In August, Peter responded at freepetergreste.org:
“Each time my family visits the prison, they bring a new sheaf of letters … each time I am staggered by the range and spirit of the notes you’ve written. Whoever you are, whatever has motivated you to take to the keyboard, I want to send a “huge” thank you … I want to tell each and every one of you who has taken the trouble to write or tweet or donate or back our cause in any way that the spirit of support is what keeps us going … “
In 2013, if:book Australia issued a challenge to a group of Australian writers to step outside their comfort zone and try a new professional experience – something they’d never done before – then tell us all about it. Carmel Bird digitised a title from her backlist. Simon Groth used a manual typewriter. Romy Ash wrote stories for Twitter. Benjamin Law braved the squiggly world of shorthand. Sophie Masson started her own press. Jeff Sparrow wrote something that’s definitely not a book. And Sean Williams deprived himself of sleep. Each contributor deliberately became a N00b then told us how the experience affected their craft. Read their stories in The N00bz.
Media coverage of Prison post started with the front page splash of The Huffington Post on launch day, Friday September 4, 2015. HuffPost Australia ran a package including extracts from some of the letters, video interviews with Peter Greste and his family, and an extract from Peter’s foreword to the book. Within an hour, [...]
Click here for a PDF version While foreign correspondent Peter Greste is free in Australia following his deportation from Egypt in February, he was convicted on terrorism charges in absentia on August 29, 2015. The campaign to clear his name and those of imprisoned Al Jazeera colleagues Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy continues. After the [...]