I’m on a social media break at the moment for family reasons, but I had to do a quick post to tell you about a wonderful charity anthology I’m delighted to have contributed to.
No Good Deed is published by literary one-stop shop Retreat West, which is run by publisher and teacher Amanda Saint. She and fellow writer Sophie Duffy put a call out some months ago for stories that connected with the theme of ‘Help’ in some way. My tale, ‘Pure Lucky’, about a group of Cork girls witnessing an upsetting event during a beach package holiday was, I hoped, a good fit. This is a second lease of life for the story, which came second in the UCC/Carried in Waves Short Story Competition in 2015. It was subsequently recorded for UCC radio but wasn’t published, so I’m thrilled that it’s found a print home and is playing a tiny part in trying to do some good in the world.
The anthology features stories by Clare Harvey, Susmita Bhattacharya, Joanna Campbell, Amanda Huggins, Rosie Garland, Meg Pokrass and many more. The blurb reads, “From afternoon drinking opera singers and a son saving toads for his father, to a woman hiding a refugee boy in her garden shed and a homeless man being given a hand of friendship, help is shown in many different ways.”
All proceeds from the anthology go to Indigo Volunteers, an organisation that places volunteers in refugee camps and community development projects around the world, for free. They don’t charge the volunteers or the organisation they place them with any fees so rely entirely on fundraising to support their work.
Congratulations to Amanda and Sophie on their launch – today! – and my thanks to them for allowing me to be a part of it. Dear reader, if you have a few quid to spare, do please consider supporting this mighty cause – the anthology is available in paperback (£8.99) and Kindle (£2.99) on Amazon, link here.