Wednesday, 23 September 2015

100 Poem Challenge - Call for Support!

Hello, folks! You might remember - if you've been following this blog for a while - that four years ago I did The 100 Poem Challenge, writing 100 poems in 48 hours to raise money for charity. Well, I'm doing it again - but this time for a different charity and I'd love your support :)

On 6th-7th October 2015 I'm going to be writing 100 poems in 48 hours to raise money for The Book Bus, a wonderful charity that sends mobile libraries to communities in various places across Africa, Asia and South America to help children learn to read, provide teaching materials and create school libraries.

On the 6th-7th I'll be posting the poems on as I write them. Before then, if you'd like to, please tweet me tag words using the hashtag #100PoemChallenge - I'll use some of these as titles of poems or to spark off ideas when the time comes.

I've set up an Indiegogo page over here to accept donations. Any amount that you could donate would be very much appreciated: £1, £2, whatever you can spare. I've set the goal at £1000 but I would love to raise as much money as possible - as I'm sure you'll agree: stories are a huge part of what makes us who we are, and reading is a skill that should be available to every child.
There are also two perks that you can purchase: a handwritten poem on a postcard at £5 (I'll be handwriting each of the 100 poems on postcards after the event) and a limited edition poetry pamphlet of all of the poems for £10. Both of these can be shipped to anywhere in the world. All proceeds go to The Book Bus.

About The Book Bus

See recent amazing activity from The Book Bus on their Facebook and Twitter

& from their website:

The Book Bus supports schools by providing mobile library facilities and volunteer story-tellers to help children become confident and literate readers for life. Working mainly with rural schools in Zambia, Malawi, India and Ecuador, our volunteer crew divide huge classes into small groups and inspire the children to read by personalizing the reading experience through story-telling, assisted reading practice and creative arts. This simple and effective support is sustained by provision of books and resources to each school library. Each Book Bus and its volunteer crew supports a cluster of five schools for up to three months. We make weekly visits to these schools working with up to 800 children from the cluster. The project finishes with an end of term party and opening of a new school library.
Registered Charity No: 1117357

Any money you feel you can donate would be very much appreciated - thank you xxxxxx

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

A look at the Man Booker longlisted novels I've read so far...

As an official Man Booker Vlogger, I'm reading as many of this year's longlisted books as I can and letting you know what I think as I go. Here are my thoughts so far!

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (this one isn't part of the prize but it's the first in the trilogy, the third - Lila - having been longlisted. They're more companion novels than anything else, but regardless I wanted to read them in order. :) )

(Click to view on Youtube.)

The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma

(Click to view on Youtube)

Sleeping on Jupiter by Anuradha Roy

(Click to view on Youtube)

Let me know your thoughts if you've read any of these. My video on Satin Island will be up tomorrow. xx