I’m a bit late reporting on this event, which took place about 10 days ago. Blame this wretched novel I’m working on for National Novel Writing Month. I have almost reached the requisite 50,000 words but mine is going to be longer than that and some mental stamina is required to get it finished. What’s it about? Set in Corsica, it’s based on the true story I told in this post. I doubt it will ever see the light of day and what started out as a serious literary endeavour is starting to look like Barbara Cartland on a bad day. However, I’ve started so I’ll finish.
We celebrated a rather more successful literary effort at the Parisot Médiathèque a couple of Saturdays ago when we had a launch event for Foreign Encounters. The small online writers’ group for ex-pats that I belong to, Writers Abroad, produced this anthology of short stories, non-fiction and poetry. It’s our third anthology and is already selling pretty well. To date we’ve made about 300 euros for our chosen charity, Books Abroad.
Since Writers Abroad has – deliberately – only 18 members, we called for submissions from non-member writers who are, or have been, ex-pats. So no less than seven people from our corner of SW France have contributed pieces to the book. This includes me and Doreen, another member of Writers Abroad who lives in Saint-Antonin. But contributors come from more than 50 countries.
At our launch event, Doreen and I did a double act. I told the 35 people who turned up about Writers Abroad and our two previous anthologies. Doreen told them how Foreign Encounters came about, with special emphasis on the fact that, since we’re a virtual group, we did all the work online. We fielded a lot of questions, which is always gratifying, and then sold out of all the copies we had brought. We could have sold more but at least people took away a flyer giving details of the book and how to order it.
Christmas is only just over a month away, so if you want to give someone a cracking good read and contribute to a good cause at the same time, look no further than Lulu. Our two previous anthologies, Writers Abroad Short Story Anthology 2010 (stories about ex-pat life: the pleasures and the pain) and Foreign Flavours (stories and non-fiction on food, drink and cooking throughout the world) are also available from that site.
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