Grestes set for Brisbane launch for ‘Prison post’, Sydney videos live


Peter Greste Here at Editia we are so pleased that Peter Greste is finally “home” in Nairobi, Kenya, able to sleep in his own bed for the first time since late 2013. He left his apartment there to spend two weeks filling in for a colleague in Cairo and wound up in a prison cell for 400 days.

That said, we’re also looking forward to seeing him back in Australia for a few days in early December. Peter will speak at the Brisbane launch of Prison post: Letters of support for Peter Greste, alongside other members of the Greste family, at Avid Reader, 193 Boundary St, West End, Brisbane from 6pm-8pm on Tuesday, December 8. He’ll sign copies of the book too, making this the perfect opportunity to get all your Christmas shopping done at once.

We’ve now published the videos of the Sydney launch for the book featuring moving footage of Peter discussing the impact the letters had on his state of mind while in prison plus letter writer Wendy Harmer’s utterly gorgeous speech about why she got involved in the campaign. There are heart-rending words from two other letter writers, Brisbane activist Paige Garland and Sydney schoolgirl Pippa Pryor, and some great questions from the crowd who filled the space at Berkelouw’s in Paddington a few weeks back.

Check them all out on our YouTube channel here, or select individually:

We’ve also uploaded the two trailers for the book. They originally appeared on The Huffington Post site and were produced by ContentGroup.

  • The Greste family discuss the letters of support they received and the impact the campaign had on Peter.

Please share these videos and the link for the Brisbane launch widely, and remember to use the hashtags #freeajstaff and #journalismisnotacrime. Until he receives a pardon, Peter remains a convicted criminal in the eyes of Egyptian law. The campaign continues.

Crowdfund it! launch @ Gleebooks


Crowdfund it! cover

Sydney’s first ever ebook launch
Expert panellists on the latest in crowdfunding

Where: Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe NSW
When: 3.30pm for 4pm, September 23, 2012
Who: Anna Maguire, author, Crowdfund it!; Alan Crabbe, co-founder, Pozible; Tom Dawkins, co-founder, StartSomeGood; Bryan Vadas, co-founder, iPledg; writer and successful Pozible campaigner Kate Toon; Charlotte Harper, founder and publisher, Editia
What: Official launch of Editia, Crowdfund it! and expert panel discussion on the latest developments in crowdfunding
RSVP: Essential, please call Gleebooks on 02 9660 2333

Gleebooks is playing host to an afternoon tea event on September 23 to mark the arrival of specialist short non-fiction digital start-up Editia on the publishing scene, and the launch of its first title, Anna Maguire’s Crowdfund it!

The September publication is a complete guide to crowdfunding featuring real insights from successful campaigns the world over. It covers creative projects, causes, social entrepreneurship, microfinance and business equity.

Crowdfunding enables a collective of individuals to pledge small amounts of money towards a common goal. Boosted by social media take-up, it is expected to nearly double 2011 takings and raise US$2.8 billion worldwide this year according to industry research group Massolution.

Sydney-based Maguire is a digital publishing consultant and blogger Her book focuses on 12 of the highest profile crowdfunding platforms, including Kickstarter, Pozible and ArtistShare. It features interviews with successful campaigners like star of British sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf Robert Llewellyn, who raised £21,000 to publish his novel News From Gardenia through Unbound.

At what will be the first ever Sydney bookstore launch event for an ebook, as opposed to a printed book with an associated digital edition, attendees will be able to purchase their own copy from Gleebooks’ Booki.sh-powered online store on the spot and start reading it on their smartphone or tablet right away.

Maguire will join a panel of experts, including Pozible co-founder Alan Crabbe, to discuss the latest developments in crowd funding.

Learn more about the latest developments in crowdfunding at the Crowdfund it! blog, and buy your copy of the book for $7 here.