The Next Big Thing – Writers Abroad’s Latest Anthology

FFA 2013

Front cover

Every year since 2010, the online writing group for expat writers to which I belong – Writers Abroad – has published an anthology. Since we are spread across the globe and all the work is carried out online, this is a quite a feat of virtual collaboration. Foreign and Far Away, this year’s effort, will be published next Monday 21st October.

The book is a selection of fiction, non-fiction and poetry on the theme of people and places. The distinguishing feature is that it has been written by expats (or former expats) around the world. The contributions explore the relationship between people and the landscapes and settings they live in. They evoke the diversities, similarities, connections and misunderstandings of life in foreign places.

My own contribution, a short story entitled Angel Maker, is set in a village in SW France at the beginning of World War I. It tells the story of what happens to a young woman and her sweetheart when he goes off to war.

Author Amanda Hodgkinson, who has lived in Southwest France since 2002, has written the foreword. Her debut novel, 22 Britannia Road, was published in 2011 and has been very well received. Amanda took part in our literary festival at Parisot last weekend (more about how that went later). She was delightful and ran a very popular session about the genesis of her novel and how she works as a writer.

Writers Abroad sent out a call for submissions in April. We received 219 contributions, of which we selected 94 for the anthology, including 23 from our own members. The anthology includes 38 short stories, 37 non-fiction articles and 19 poems.

Book Aid International will benefit from the proceeds of this year’s anthology. They aim to increase access to books and support literacy, education and development in sub-Saharan Africa. They have sent more than 30 million books to partner libraries since 1954.

Christmas is coming at a rate of knots and this time we’ve chosen to publish on Amazon. The price is $10.99, £8.99 or €9.99, depending on where you live and which Amazon site you buy from. For a book of 300 pages, this represents pretty good value.

The book will be available from 21st October on the following links:

Foreign and Far Away – Amazon.co.uk

Foreign and Far Away – Amazon.com

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About Vanessa Couchman

My husband and I moved to an 18th-century farmhouse in SW France in 1997. I am fascinated by French history, rural traditions and customs and enjoy seeking out the reality behind the myths. I run my own copywriting business and write short stories and the occasional novel in my spare time. My husband appears here as the SF, which stands for Statistics Freak, owing to his penchant for recording numbers about everything.
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6 Responses to The Next Big Thing – Writers Abroad’s Latest Anthology

  1. Kate Swaffer says:

    Reblogged this on Creating life with words: Inspiration, love and truth and commented:
    Last years anthology was a great read… I’m looking forward to this one, love the title, the font of the title on this blog (my favourite, used in my poetry book!!), and hope you will consider supporting these great writers too.

  2. nessafrance says:

    Reblogged this on Vanessa Couchman, freelance writer and commented:

    I’ve reblogged this from my French life blog.

  3. MarinaSofia says:

    Congratulations! I keep on missing the deadine for this anthology – both last year and this year – will have to write it on my forehead for 2014, so that I can’t miss it! I’ve read the previous two and look forward to reading this year’s as well.

  4. susancarey says:

    Reblogged this on Amsterdam Oriole and commented:
    News of our anthology, published by fellow member of Writers Abroad, Vanessa Couchman. Thanks, Vanessa!

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