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An artistic and beautifully designed hard-back book of Photography and Stories by collaborating artists across cultures.
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THE PLAN

Support us to bring cultures closer together through art! 

Confluence: Celtic and Arabian Visions and Stories is an art book full of stories, some traditional and some modern, each written by Arabian or Celtic storytellers. The book contains a collection of beautiful photographic art inspired by the stories and taken by photographic artists from both cultures.

Confluence: Celtic and Arabian Visions and Stories
Confluence: Celtic and Arabian Visions and Stories

The lovingly compiled 192-page, hard-back is finished in high quality cloth. Working with Scottish based art director and designer, Samuel Sparrow, we have designed and compiled this book containing page after page of photographic art and magical stories, from Selkies in Scotland to modern day Moroccan fairytales, every one inspired by a Confluence theme.

Confluence Book: Story retold by Anne Errington
Confluence Book: Story retold by Anne Errington
Confluence Book: Photo by Laura Hudson Mackay
Confluence Book: Photo by Laura Hudson Mackay
Confluence Book: Illustration by Clare Melinsky
Confluence Book: Illustration by Clare Melinsky

Confluence is an international collaboration between photographic artists and storytellers. As an artist led project, Confluence looks to bridge cultures and highlight common links within the Arabian and Celtic storytelling traditions. Seven Confluence themes have been identified which run through the stories of many different cultures. 

You can support the project by pre-ordering the book (Early Birds get a reduced price), or by backing one of the Confluence rewards.

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP

"Through Confluence we are creating new stories, crossing cultures and constructing influence, breaking down barriers and shining a light on shared elements of our cultural heritage." Laura Hudson Mackay - Confluence Founder

You can help make the Confluence book tangible and support us in bringing cultures closer together through art. We need your help to print the book. It is already designed and we would love to print it, to hold it in our hands and for you to own a copy too. 

Your support will promote cultural understanding, tolerance and collaboration and help showcase young Arabian and Celtic storytellers and talented photographers who through Confluence have been given an opportunity to work together, to interact, to share and to inspire one another, changing attitudes and perceptions in the process. 

Any profits made from this campaign will go directly back into Confluence to further fund international collaborations and artistic residencies. 

Some of the best Confluence moments
Some of the best Confluence moments

CONTENTS OF THE BOOK

Confluence: Celtic and Arabian Visions and Stories is a book that brings together stories and photographic art from two very different cultures. 

The Foreword has been kindly written by British author, journalist and documentary filmmaker Tahir Shah, author of many books including The Caliph's House and In Arabian Nights and son of Sufi teacher and writer Idries Shah.  Tahir is also champion of the Qantara Foundation (meaning 'bridge' in Arabic), establishing and promoting a 'cultural bridge' between the East and the West.

The book has seven chapters, each one a Confluence Theme: 

  • Water 
  • Happiness 
  • Number 3 
  • Old 
  • Time 
  • Silence 
  • Money

Richard Hamilton, BBC Africa Correspondent and author of The Last Storytellers: Tales from the Heart of Morocco, brilliantly introduces the book and the seven themes of Confluence.  

Each chapter includes magical illustrations by Clare Melinsky. Over the last thirty years Clare's illustrations have been used in advertising and in books, including a complete set of 7 covers for the Harry Potter novels, magazines, including the Radio Times, and Royal Mail postage stamps.

REWARDS 

If you help us by supporting the creation of the book, your name will be in the Thank You pages (unless you chose to remain anonymous). 

To support the project, find the rewards in the bar on the right and select your reward there. Every reward from the Early Bird option upwards gets a copy of the book!

A6 ARTWORK POSTCARD 

One A6 Postcard of artwork from the book printed on 350gsm premium paper. 

Confluence Postcard - 'Settlement' by Laura Hudson Mackay
Confluence Postcard - 'Settlement' by Laura Hudson Mackay

SET OF 7 A6 ARTWORK POSTCARDS

Set of 7 artwork postcards printed on 350gsm premium paper. One from each of the 7 Confluence themes.

Set of 7 Confluence Postcards
Set of 7 Confluence Postcards

EARLY BIRD OFFER!

THE BOOK

Early Bird orders will receive a ~signed~ book AND at a reduced price, because acting fast deserves a reward!

Beat the rush and get the book cheaper by pre-ordering a Signed copy. Thank you so much, you just helped towards making the Confluence Book a reality! The Confluence Book: Celtic & Arabian Visions and Stories is an artistic and beautifully designed hard back book featuring stories and photography from the collaborative project. The book is 192 pages.

Confluence Book
Confluence Book

BOOK AND LIMITED EDITION ARTWORK PRINT

Not only will you receive the beautiful book, you will receive a signed, mounted, Limited Edition print of artwork from the book (print size 8"x6"). Thank You!

Confluence Book and Limited Edition print
Confluence Book and Limited Edition print

HALF DAY PHOTO WORKSHOP

Experience an half day (3 hour) photographic workshop in either South West Scotland (with Laura Hudson Mackay at her studio) or Marrakech, Morocco (Houssain Belabbes). Dates to be agreed with you. 

STORYTELLER AT YOUR EVENT

An opportunity for you to wow your guests with a unique storytelling performance. Available for up to 30 guests in either Scotland or Marrakech, Morocco. Date to be agreed with you.

STORYTELLER AT YOUR CORPORATE EVENT

An opportunity for a Corporate backer to wow guests with a unique storytelling performance. Backing this opportunity means you automatically become a Confluence Sponsor. Storytellers available in Scotland or Marrakech, Morocco. Date to be agreed with you.

SPEND A WEEK AT A CELTIC SEASIDE COTTAGE

Seven nights for up to 4 people at Cutcloy Cottage, a luxurious seaside cottage overlooking the Irish Sea at Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. Dates to be agreed with you and subject to availability. See website for more info: Cutcloy Cottage

Cutcloy Cottage, Isle of Whithorn, Scotland
Cutcloy Cottage, Isle of Whithorn, Scotland

SPEND A WEEK IN ARABIAN LUXURY

Seven nights for up to 6 people at Riad Romm'an in the ancient Medina (walled city) of Marrakech, Morocco. Dates to be agreed with you and subject to availability. See website for more info: riad romm'an

Riad Romm'an, Marrakech, Morocco
Riad Romm'an, Marrakech, Morocco

WEEKEND AWAY IN A FAIRYTALE SCOTTISH CASTLE 

Spend a long weekend (3 nights) for up to 6 people in the medieval Scottish Castle, Abbots Tower, Scotland, UK. Dates to be agreed with you and subject to availability. Abbots Tower

Abbots Tower, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
Abbots Tower, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

FUNDING AND TIMELINE

The goal is set so we can print 250 books. Your pledge will go towards the designing of the book, paper, printing and publishing costs. Also towards Kickstarter fees (10%) and producing the rewards. Please bear in mind that Kickstarter includes shipping costs in the total raised, so about 20% will be to cover shipping. If we go over the goal amount then we can print more copies of the book.

Any profits made from this campaign will go directly back into Confluence to further fund international collaborations and artistic residencies. 

If the campaign is a success, we will begin production as soon as the campaign ends. Printing will take about 5 weeks and once the books are printed, shipping could take a further 4 weeks. You should receive your rewards by the end of June 2018. For backers who need to choose dates to book their reward, this should be done before the end of December 2018. 

Risks and challenges

This is our first time publishing a book. We have worked with Samuel Sparrow to design it. The book is laid out and ready to go to print as soon as we can fund it. We look forward to working with Ex Why Zed to print the book. The non-book rewards have already been made and are ready for you.

The main risk will be with fulfillment time. There is always a chance of delays with production or with shipping. We have added in a little extra time to our delivery estimates so hoping that covers it.

Please note: all the information about this project including production updates, shipping information, tracking numbers, etc, will be sent to the email linked to your Kickstarter account.

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    Book and Linocut Print by Clare Melinsky

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    Book and Linocut Print by Clare Melinsky

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    Storyteller at Your Event

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    Storyteller at Your Corporate Event

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    Seven nights for up to 4 people at Cutcloy Cottage, a luxurious seaside cottage overlooking the Irish Sea at Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. Dates to be agreed with you and subject to availability (please ignore the 'Estimated Delivery' date below). Flights/travel expenses not included. Reward includes one copy of the book and thanks in our Thank You pages (unless you choose to remain anonymous).

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    Book and Linocut Set by Clare Melinsky

    Full set of 7 original and Limited Edition linocut prints of the Confluence themes from the books illustrator Clare Melinsky.

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    Spend a week in Arabian Luxury

    Seven nights for up to 6 people at Riad Romm'an in the ancient Medina (walled city) of Marrakech, Morocco. Dates to be agreed with you and subject to availability (please ignore the 'Estimated Delivery' date below). Flights/travel expenses not included.
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    Weekend Away in Fairytale Scottish Tower

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