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Did you know slavery is still amongst us, right here and now? This picture book draws attention to the issue of slavery, in fable form.
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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)

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Six of the best! Our favourite images from 'Winter Of The White Bear' on offer...
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Front cover of Winter of the White Bear by Martin Ed Catterton (Dirt Lane Press 2019)
Front cover of Winter of the White Bear by Martin Ed Catterton (Dirt Lane Press 2019)

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.



Every illustrated project starts with a point of inspiration. In 'Winter Of The White Bear' that point came in the form of paintings by Martin.
Every illustrated project starts with a point of inspiration. In 'Winter Of The White Bear' that point came in the form of paintings by Martin.

Little Bear's character evolved slowly over the development of the book. Initially seen as 'cute', this was eventually deemed to be running counter to the theme of the book. She shifted in stages, gradually becoming less anthropomorphic and more 'real'...all, of course, in the service of the best way to tell the story.
Little Bear's character evolved slowly over the development of the book. Initially seen as 'cute', this was eventually deemed to be running counter to the theme of the book. She shifted in stages, gradually becoming less anthropomorphic and more 'real'...all, of course, in the service of the best way to tell the story.

The evolution of a style: from initial sketchbook simplicity through to a richer visualization of the universe of 'Winter of the White Bear' as both 'real' and 'fantastic'. For fable to work effectively there has to be both.
The evolution of a style: from initial sketchbook simplicity through to a richer visualization of the universe of 'Winter of the White Bear' as both 'real' and 'fantastic'. For fable to work effectively there has to be both.

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!

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    A set of 6 blank greeting cards.

    A set of 6 different greeting cards, featuring some of the most endearing images of Little Bear, the brave and plucky main character from WINTER OF THE WHITE BEAR.

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    Signed first edition, and a bonus card.

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    Signed first edition and signed art.

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    Two signed books, cards, signed print.

    Two signed first-edition copies of the book, a set of cards featuring Little Bear, and a 24 x 24 cm limited Dirt Lane Press edition giclée print, signed and numbered.

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    4 books, cards, 2 signed prints.

    Four signed, first-edition copies of the book, two sets of cards featuring Little Bear, and two signed, limited-edition 24 x 24 cm prints of hero-pages from the book.

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    Books, cards, prints & front row seat.

    Four signed first-edition copies of the book, two sets of cards featuring Little Bear, two limited-edition giclée prints, signed and numbered (free shipping) … plus a front seat reservation for the launch, where BENJAMIN LAW will be launching the book (seat reservation is limited to those who are able to attend the launch on 18 October 2019 in Sydney. Travel is not included in the reward.)

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