Tuesday, October 26, 2010
READ International launches the Read for READ Anthology at the British Library
"READ International, a student-led educational charity that distributes textbooks to secondary schools in East Africa, is delighted to announce the official book launch of its new Read for READ Anthology on Thursday 28 October at 6pm at the British Library. It is the exciting culmination of the Read for READ Short Story Competition, in which aspiring writers were given the chance to showcase their work, and be judged for final publication by writer Sarfraz Manzoor, publisher Sonny Leong, literary agent Clare Alexander, and the British Library's Director of Human Resources, Mary Canavan. The winning stories, brought together in this anthology alongside work from established authors Ian MacLeod, Rhys Hughes and John Saul, celebrate the endless possibilities that can derive from a single book. Since 2005 READ International have sent over 850,000 textbooks to schools in East Africa, providing crucial resources for everyday lessons. Through the online 'Read for READ' voting system, in which voters donated a suggested 50p per vote, the anthology has contributed vital funds to support their instrumental work in Tanzania and Uganda"