If someone had told fifteen-year-old me that one day a short story of mine would feature in the same anthology as one by Nick Earls (then and still my literary hero), I would have asked if they also thought martians existed.
Half my lifetime on, well looky here …
And not only is my story alongside the incomparable Mr Earls, it’s also side-by-side with some other AMAZING authors, plus some TRULY INCREDIBLE work by super talented young people. Work so utterly fab it makes me want to give up writing right away. The new guard is coming, people, and they are AWESOME.
Plus, the book is for a good cause – The Sydney Story Factory. Seriously, people! What more could you want?
Here is the blurb from the Sydney Story Factory website:
“To celebrate the opening of the Sydney Story Factory and Martian Embassy, we’ve published an amazing alien anthology!
It features stories and illustrations by talents such as Deborah Abela, Debra Adelaide, Sunil Badami, Jon Bauer, Larissa Behrendt, James Bradley, Alyssa Brugman, Martin Chatterton, Clare Douglas, Christopher Cheng, Claire Craig, Stephen Dando-Collins, Nick Earls, Terry Whidbourne, Jane Gleeson-White, Kate Gordon, Jacqueline Harvey, Ashley Hay, Andrew Humphreys, Linda Jaivin, Malcom Knox, John Larkin, Nathan Luff, Sarah MacDonald, Georgina MacDonald, William McInnes, Emily Maguire, Melina Marchetta, Sophie Masson, Belinda Murrell, Lachie Murrell, Caroline Overington’s twins, Oliver Phommavanh, Martin Plowman, Michael Pryor, Philip Putnam, R.A. Spratt, Kathleen Stewart, Colin Thompson, John Tranter, Markus Zusak…
… students from Alexandria Park Community School & Our Lady of Mount Carmel Primary School!
In fact Markus Zusak himself was over heard saying that the quality of the student’s writing was sending him back to the drawing board to try and come up with something half as creative.
All proceeds from the sale of the book go towards running our free workshop programs. Drop by The Martian Embassy and Gift Shop and pick up a copy for yourself today!”
I encourage you all to go and buy a copy from The Martian Embassy. Quickly. Because books this good come around about as often as genuine alien sightings.
Go to it. And may the force be with you all.