People’s Book Prize Interview

The second interview with The People’s Book Prize comes from From Syria With Love’s Molly Masters.

  1. Have you got a message for your readers?  Use and enhance your passions, skills, and knowledge. Invest time in what you love, and do it for a cause you love. Amplify the voices of those who need to be heard. Read, read, and read even more into what you feel passionate about. Create something meaningful, create something with impact, create something with love.
  2. What can we expect from you in the future?  Expect more books and advocacy raising awareness for the plight of refugees and others in crisis and need, as well as continued support for the charity sector. Supporting, caring for, and giving voice to people will forever be a permanent passion of mine, and I personally only expect for that love to grow stronger through more learning, understanding and writing.
  3. Any suggestions to support libraries?  As ‘From Syria with Love’ is now being created into an eBook by Apostrophe Books, I have been enlightened as to how some 40,000 libraries worldwide will now have access to my book. This is an incredible thought, and I hope that more libraries will be endorsed financially to enable them to embrace the growing accessibility of eBooks in order to provide even more literature to the public. Furthermore, as a child, I attended a library group called Chatterbooks, and the library has long been a place of community and togetherness for me. It is a place where the new generation’s investment in literature and learning can be supported. It is important to forever cherish and protect libraries as a place of wonder for children, and continue these projects, both in our own libraries, and the invaluable libraries working in crisis areas.

…Brian Bilston is voting for it, will you?

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From Syria With Love

We are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with aid charity, From Syria With Love to publish a unique portrait of the lives of children caught up in the Syrian conflict.

The book, also ‘From Syria With Love’, features a group of children living in a refugee camp in Lebanon. It combines their poems, pictures, letters and diaries with narratives and poetry by those who have worked with the children or been inspired by their stories.

Editor and contributor, Molly Masters, is a university student who was inspired first to volunteer with the charity and then launch the project.

‘We’ve all seen the terrible images from Syria on television’, said Molly. ‘In this book, we wanted to show the lives of real children, what conflict and exile means for them, and their hopes for the future. It doesn’t ignore the suffering, but the message is one of peace and love.’

From first meeting with Molly on September 5th 2016, the book is now being printed – and will be launched at Waterstones in Brighton on November 4th. This is pretty fast for the book trade and we’ve had great support from our printers, CPI, from Waterstones and from our distributors, Vine House.

Funds raised by the book will be used to help those featured within it, continuing the charity’s work in the Al Abrar refugee camp.

Our last charity fundraising book, just re-released in paperback, was the anthology ‘Why Willows Weep’, which raised over £60,000 for the Woodland Trust. We can only hope that From Syria With Love will also be able to raise some vital funds before the worst of the winter.

From Syria With Love will be officially released on November 1st 2016, but we are already accepting pre-orders here.

Trade orders: sales@vinehouseuk.co.uk

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