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Discover Ireland's most stunning swimming spots as we travel the coastline to produce this full-colour, high-end book.
Discover Ireland's most stunning swimming spots as we travel the coastline to produce this full-colour, high-end book.
Discover Ireland's most stunning swimming spots as we travel the coastline to produce this full-colour, high-end book.
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At Swim: A Book About The Sea

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Our Journey, Your Book

Two foolhardy travellers set out to uncover some of Ireland’s finest swimming spots – be it cove, pier, rock face, tidal pool or cliff edge.

In July and August 2015, we'll pitch our tents along the shores of some well-known and lesser-known locations along Ireland’s coastline. We'll catalogue and travelogue, in words and images, Ireland's finest swimming spots.

We'll bring these stunning coastal locations to life by giving voice to the stories, cultures and rituals of Ireland's swimmers, from its dippers to its distance swimmers. We'll record conversations and events, meet with all sorts of characters, and take advice from professionals to reveal Ireland's vibrant coastal swimming culture.

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Our Mission

Like the Irish pub, the swimming hole brings together people from all walks of like. People come to the sea with a holiday atmosphere; it really does attract all sorts. We want to capture the culture, rituals and atmosphere of Ireland's swimming culture. We'll do this by producing a high-quality book in partnership with experienced Dublin-based indie publisher www.hellosixwest.com

The Book

We'll be writing on the road, recording our immediate experiences, conversations and observations. We'll be shooting high-quality photographs of stunning coastal locations.

With years of experience behind the publisher hellosixwest.com and production and design values based on the publishers latest venture We Are Dublin magazine, the At Swim will not just be a great read, but a beautiful object. We are using the country’s best printer in order to ensure the quality is as high as it can be.

Where the Money Goes

We're looking for a minimum of €6,500

€4,000 for a print run of 1000 books, full colour, high-quality edition.

€1,000 to cover the cost of postage, packaging of a weighty book, postcards and other rewards listed.

€500 to cover the cost of freelance copy-editor and a map illustrator.

€450 toward the cost of petrol to travel around the country in July and August.

€550 Kickstarter admin and fees automatically deducted from the total.

Some Photos of our Travels and Swims so far...

Risks and challenges

With the production of any book there is the potential for delays. We've set ourselves an ambitious deadline but we'll be writing on the road, sending material to the publisher as we go for editing and inclusion in our design template. It will be a work in progress from swim number one. We've already done a few dry (or wet) runs by making journeys around the country, so we know how many spots we can visit in any given period, what level of writing we can get done while on the road in July and August. After a month of solid writing and rewriting, and with a strong production, research and editorial team behind us, we'll have no problem bringing this beautiful book to print by early November.

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    Quick Dip
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    A copy of the print edition of the book delivered to your door.

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    High-Diver
    A signed copy of the print edition of the book
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    4 signed copies of the print edition – ideal if you want to give a fantastic gift to the swimmers in your life.

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    Distance Swimmer
    Acknowledgement as a Patron in the prelim pages of the book
    + Signed copy of the print edition with a personalized message of thanks.
    + Acknowledgement of support at the book launch.
    + 2 Postcards from the road.

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    All the benefits of Reward #5
    + You'll join us for a day of our journey, we'll take you for lunch and involve you in all of the events of the day
    + Limited edition 100% cotton t-shirt

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    Pledge €500 or more About $551

    We'll send you a professionally printed and framed photograph of your choice from a portfolio of images taken on our journey (60cm x 45 cm)
    + Acknowledgement as a Patron in the prelim pages of the book
    + Signed copy of the print edition with a personalized message of thanks.
    + Acknowledgement of support at the book launch.
    + 2 Postcards from the road.
    Estimated delivery: Nov 2015
    + Limited edition 100% cotton t-shirt

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