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.
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, email@example.com, 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 … “
Editia will publish a selection of the letters with a foreword by international human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson. The cover will feature a Khaled Desouki photograph of Peter in a cage during his trial courtesy of AFP. After production and distribution costs are covered, all proceeds will go to the campaign to free Peter.
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.
How often do you find yourself watching the news and wishing you could do something to make a difference? We felt it when we saw Peter Greste in that cage in Egypt. We felt it when we saw his parents campaigning for his freedom. We decided to do something about it. Now you can help [...]
If only Stella was still with us to tell us what she thinks of a tech multinational marking her birthday with a “Google doodle”. It’s a lovely tribute to a writer I admire for her pioneering feminisism and national pride, her adventurous spirit and her ability to write dozens of books while pursuing a career [...]