Thursday, 4 March 2010

"THE MAILMAN'S JUST BEEN..." - GREG McQUEEN OPENS A BOX - EXCLUSIVE!

Here we are - Greg's visit to this blog, in his 100 Stories for Haiti tour - the book that was published yesterday, his brainchild. We've seen an earlier video of a slightly bemused Greg, shocked at the support for his idea on 23rd January... HERE.He thought it would be nice to have another video to share...
We've seen 400 writers submitting their work, for free... and 100 pieces selected for inclusion. We've seen the setting up of a 100 Stories natter site, the efforts of readers, editors, and dramas surrounding the original print publishers. We've seen Bridge House, a small UK indie publisher, jumping in to save the day. We've seen a salesforce of 100 writers, and the rest of the team, spreading the word via flacebook, twitter, blogs, word of mouth. We've seen the book listed on Amazon, Waterstones, and other online outlets.
What did I like about this project? It is not about anything other than helping Haiti. And that, in today's cynical old world, is nice.
Right. Get your tissues out, get ready to wipe an eye as a guy in deepest Denmark takes his daughters play scissors and opens a box...

15 comments:

John Ravenscroft said...

Utterly brilliant!

catdownunder said...

Yippee!

minniebeaniste said...

Amazing - more power to all concerned. And, yes, a very powerful reminder that it isn't all gloom, doom and cynicism out there.

Vanessa Gebbie said...

SO brilliant.

Sophie Playle said...

Fantastic!

I feel gutted that I didn't submit anything to this anthology. I literary didn't have a story of 'hope' in my creative writing folder, and didn't have time to write one. How terrible is that?

Rosemary Gemmell said...

I'm sharing your tears, Greg. A wonderful job, well done.

Vanessa Gebbie said...

Thanks Min. This is such a good thing - win win all round.

Hi Sophie - never mind! I didnt have many, believe me. I'm a real doom merchant.. some of the time. But it was a good idea, making it an uplifting collection, especially for a cause thats been so harrowing in itself.

Sophie Playle said...

I'm sure I'll be inspired to write an uplifting story once I get my nose stuck in this anthology! Can't wait :)

Quick plug, if I may:

Greg McQueen will be writing an exclusive article about the project for Inkspill Magazine (www.inkspillmagazine.com), which will be available in April.

Vanessa Gebbie said...

Plug away, Sophie! Look forward to Inkspill.

gregmcqueen said...

Chances are I'll be doing it again ... So, another chance for writers and their stories to make a difference. Not sure when though. All I have on my mind right now is ... Honestly ... is sleep ;-)

Julia Bohanna said...

I have something in my eye.

I want to give Greg a big hug and say well done.

Fantastic. Inspiring. What energy got us to this point....

Vanessa Gebbie said...

Greg, I reckon you've earned your kip! Well done, and thank you.

John Ravenscroft said...

You did a fantastic job, Greg. From idea to book in six weeks! Wonderful. I hope to buy you a pint and shake your hand one of these days.

sara said...

Fantastic! And definitely a hug for Greg!

claudine said...

That's the nicest clip I've seen for a very long time - well done Greg! Lovely scarf too.