Slavery isn’t something that happens in other countries, to other people, in other times. It is happening right now, and right here… wherever ‘here’ happens to be. We need to know how to recognise it and how to eliminate it. Winter of the White Bear is a book that brings modern slavery to our attention. That is the first step...
(NB: keep watching to the end of this video for a surprise involving Australian rock-royalty)
That's why we at Dirt Lane Press are publishing Winter of the White Bear by Martin Ed Chatterton. It is a brave, awareness-raising fable cleverly disguised as a picture book, and it pulls no punches in dealing with this difficult and important subject. We want people to start thinking about the issue of modern slavery, talking about it and, MOST IMPORTANTLY, doing something about it. Our publishing dream is to create social unity through telling untold stories, with honesty, courage and quality, and this is one such story.
Winter of the White Bear will be published in October in honour of National Anti-Slavery Day (in Australia), and is launching at The Freedom Hub in Sydney.
One of our rewards is a front-row reservation for the launch in Sydney (you will need to get there under your own steam), where you may have a possible uninterrupted view of Australian rock-royalty performing their theme song for this book. Other rewards include signed copies of the book, signed limited-edition prints of selected illustrations from the book, and signed original drawings by Martin, who has expressed enthusiasm about creating literally hundreds of original drawings for this important cause.
Risks and challenges
Like every publishing project, Winter of the White Bear has a deadline for design, printing and delivery. Our team of volunteer publishing professionals works closely with design contractors, print agencies, distributors and international rights agents to give the book the best entry possible to the world of readers, thinkers and influencers. We go to print in mid-June, and the printed books arrive on Australian shores in early September, ready to launch into bookstores. Publishing requires constant vigilance to keep all the wheels turning smoothly and in concert with one another … but with literally centuries of experience between us, we have it all covered!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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