Furies: A poetry anthology of women warriors
For Books’ Sake in aid of Rape Crisis England & Wales
Published: 1st October 2014
Pre-order shortlink: http://bit.ly/FURIES
Available in hardback for £9.99 from For Books’ Sake and selected retailers
Digital edition available for £2.99 from Amazon and other online retailers.
FURIES is the first poetry collection from For Books’ Sake, compiled following an open call for submissions that attracted over 700 entries from across the globe. The anthology is edited by Eve Lacey, and includes a foreword from Jenni Fagan, acclaimed author of The Panopticon. It will be published in October to coincide with National Poetry Day, and all profits (a minumum of £5 per copy) will be donated to Rape Crisis England & Wales.
“As a feminist organisation, Rape Crisis England & Wales is delighted to be supported by an initiative that so powerfully tells women’s stories, celebrates women’s lives and herstories, amplifies women’s voices and champions women’s talent and creativity,” said a spokesperson from RCEW.
“Our member Rape Crisis centres respond to over 150,000 helpline calls and provide ongoing specialist services to nearly 50,000 individual women and girls in England and Wales each year, and demand for this crucial work continues to grow. Projects like Furies not only raise much-needed funds but also help us fulfill our aim of raising awareness and understanding of sexual violence, its prevalence and effects, so that the needs and rights of survivors can be more fully met and realised.”
FURIES features both emerging and established voices, including published and prize-winning authors fromImtiaz Dharker to Rebecca Goss to Patience Agbabi. Within its pages, you’ll find some of the best women’s writing out there today, united in celebration of women warriors past, present and future.
This is the poetry of wronged and revolutionary women, the verse that emerges when poets take a sinner and spin her anew. Here, Furies arise from history and myth to set the story straight once and for all. For many, the Lazarus trick spans only the space of a verse in which they tell their tale. The rest of the resurrection, the living on beyond the page, relies on the reader to keep telling and retelling, and then telling once more. Traditionally, ghosts haunt because they still have something left to say. This is their stage.
To be voiceless is to question whether one even exists — so listen to these voices — for all of those who cannot speak out and for all those who are waiting to hear these words and know them as their own; to all those who understand that rape is a war we must all continue to challenge and fight in every country, every day, from now until the human race finally, truly, evolves. Until then — let it be known that we stood side-by-side on the long road home and said, enough is enough. – Jenni Fagan
About For Books’ Sake
For Books’ Sake is the independent charitable organisation dedicated to empowering women and girls to tell their stories and have their voices heard. Founded in 2010, For Books’ Sake supports, educates and celebrates women writers of all backgrounds and abilities, championing classic and contemporary writing by established, emerging and marginalised women authors.
Through a national programme of events and workshops, online editorial, publishing imprint and other projects, For Books’ Sake aims to counteract systemic, institutionalised gender biases impacting women writers, providing an alternative platform plus resources for writers, readers, publishers, educators, and more.
Previous For Books’ Sake publications:
Short Stack: The Best New Pulp Fiction Written by Women (2012)
Derby Shorts: The Best New Fiction from the Roller Derby Track (2013)
For more details, see: www.forbookssake.net
About Rape Crisis England & Wales
Rape Crisis England & Wales is an independent, registered charity providing essential support to rape crisis centres. RCEW supports and promotes the work of its autonomous member Rape Crisis centres in England and Wales, and campaigns continuously to raise awareness of sexual violence, its prevalence and effects. Rape Crisis centres provide crucial crisis and long-term specialised support, counselling and independent advocacy for women and girls of all ages who have experienced any form of sexual violence at any time in their lives; whether recently or in the past. Rape Crisis centres are community-based, and independent of government and the criminal justice system.
For more information, visit: www.rapecrisis.org.uk
To find out how to support RCEW’s work, go to: http://www.rapecrisis.org.uk/
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