I’m delighted to announce the forthcoming publication of Grant Me the Carving of My Name!
A group of very talented authors and illustrators – all inspired by King Richard III – have generously donated their work for an anthology of short fiction to be sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK).
Entitled Grant Me the Carving of My Name – taken (with her permission) from the poem ‘Richard’ by the poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, written for King Richard’s reinterment in 2015 and read on the occasion by Benedict Cumberbatch – the collection will be on sale from 2 December. Save the date!
All proceeds from sales of the book will go to SAUK to help their work supporting people with scoliosis and their families throughout the UK. Given the revelation five years ago that the King himself had the condition, we feel that it is a cause that would have been close to his heart. Details of their work can be found at https://www.sauk.org.uk/
The collection will comprise a range of short fiction, from specially written short stories, through flash fiction, to excerpts from longer Ricardian works, some light-hearted, others darker in tone – hopefully something to appeal to everyone! In fact, the ideal Christmas stocking-filler for any Ricardian – or anyone you hope may become a Ricardian!
Authors who have signed up so far include Matthew Lewis (author of fiction as well as the highly-acclaimed new biography of King Richard, Richard III: Loyalty Binds Me), J. P. Reedman (author of I, Richard Plantagenet), Jennifer Wilson (author of Kindred Spirits) and Wendy Johnson (of the Looking for Richard Project). A full line-up will be released closer to publication date.
The anthology will be dedicated to the late Dr John Ashdown-Hill, whose tireless work did so much to further the Ricardian cause.
Loyaulte me lie!