Here is an excellent idea for a Christmas (or any kind of) present:
Writers Abroad publishes its fourth anthology today. Titled Foreign and Far Away, it is a selection of fiction, non-fiction and poetry written by expats (or former expats) around the world on the theme of people and places.
Contributors live in, and have written about, more than 50 countries across every continent.
Foreign and Far Away, the fourth anthology published by Writers Abroad, explores the relationship between people and the landscapes and settings in which they live. An eclectic range of writing evokes the diversities, similarities, connections and misunderstandings of life in foreign places.
An excerpt from my unpublished memoir, Cold Stone Soup: An African Childhood, is included among the non-fiction contributions.
Author Amanda Hodgkinson, who has lived in Southwest France since 2002, has written the foreword. Her award-winning debut novel, 22 Britannia Road, was published in 2011. Penguin Books will publish her second novel, Spilt Milk, in February 2014.
Book Aid International will benefit from the proceeds of this year’s anthology. This charity increases access to books and supports literacy, education and development in sub-Saharan Africa. They provided 543,280 new books to over 2,000 libraries in 2012 and have sent more than 30 million books to partner libraries since 1954. See www.bookaid.org
Foreign and Far Away is available via Amazon at a price of $10.99, £8.99 or €9.99 from today, October 21, 2013, when these links will go live: Foreign and Far Away – Amazon.com and Foreign and Far Away – Amazon.co.uk.
The ebook version is now available for download from Amazon (This is the UK link but should be available at all Amazon outlets). Writers Abroad has already donated a substantial sum to Book Aid International from paperback sales.
Writers Abroad was founded in 2009. It provides an online forum for expat writers to exchange ideas, views and news on writing and to offer support and constructive feedback on each other’s work. Membership numbers are limited but expat writers may apply to join if they are able to support the group’s initiatives and aims. www.writersabroad.com/.