The Pound Project: Part Five - Jordan Stephens
A new and exclusive pocket-sized book by Jordan Stephens, which challenges the undertone of our language
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, June 4 2019 5:30 PM UTC +00:00.
Introducing a new, limited edition book by Jordan Stephens
Musician, performer, charity campaigner and one half of hugely successful hip hop duo Rizzle Kicks, Jordan is now returning to what he calls his "first and only true love": writing.
Do words matter?
In his provocative and personal essay I'm A Pussy, Jordan dissects the language of insults and explores the impact of growing up in Great Britain surrounded by the labels most of us use without thinking.
Full of honesty, humour, and passion, this is a pocket-rocket that deserves to be shared and debated. Crucially, it also asks us to reconsider the way we treat each other.
Is there hope? It costs just £1 or more to find out...
For this outing we're thrilled to introduce a new reward: The Tailor Made. For just £50, we're offering the full package (signed book, t-shirt, tote bag) PLUS a personalised piece of short writing from Jordan on a postcard. Just send us a word or an idea and Jordan will work his magic... just for you.
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Why Jordan? We asked him...
"I love cogs. I'm fascinated with the inner workings of the world around me. I constantly ask myself why I do and say the things I say and do. My therapist also does this. Part of that searching has led me to really think about the power we all hold with communication.
"Language and speech can manifest the worst aspects of our society. Orwell touched on it. Words have real power.
"Yet everyday I just say things without really thinking about the impact of what I'm saying.
"I felt an urge to write this because our language speaks volumes about our history. Question is, are we going to make a conscious attempt to challenge our tongues in the hope of harmony?
"Unlearning language is a mountain to climb. But it’s been fascinating dissecting some of our colloquial ridiculousness. I suppose it’s always worth writing something if you feel it? Yes it is."
What is The Pound Project?
Is a good story worth something? We believe it is: The Pound Project is an award-winning, independent publisher. But we're not just selling books. We're shouting about the value of reading and writing for everyone, regardless of who you are.
We crowdfund with just one story and one writer at a time: with each new project, it is just £1 to read/hear it online. For £5 or more you can buy the lovely book in print.
The books are limited edition: our products are only for sale during this campaign until June 4th. Once it ends, that's it. From there, we create the books and send them straight to everyone who backs us.
We’re rethinking the way to raise funds: setting a low target at just £500 and working inclusively with writers to raise their profile.
We are completely transparent about paying our writers their equal share: behind every story there are hours of work and dedication. Too often this goes unrewarded and this is unsustainable.
We make rewards that are affordable and environmentally friendly: is a brilliant piece of writing worth a quid? Is a gorgeous booklet to your doorstep worth a fiver? Do you love tote bags and t-shirts? We want our stories out there using sustainable, recycled materials. We want all backers to feel like they are part something important.
We know time is precious: that's why we make books you can carry in your back pocket, share with friends, read on your phone, or listen to on the bus. Meticulously crafted, every design feature has been considered to make The Pound Project's book an amazing experience.
The Pound Project: Small change, one story at a time.
- We pay our writers an equal share. Of the initial £500 they receive £250. After that, they receive 50% of any net profit.
- Our postage costs are fair and include all packaging. We do not overcharge our backers and customers.
- Where possible we use ethical, recycled and locally sourced materials and packaging. This means we can support the environment and the creative community in Birmingham and the UK.
- If our project is a success we will reinvest a percentage of money to writers in the Kickstarter community and will award bursaries for new talent to attend our writing courses. Our profits will go towards building a sustainable brand.
Thank you to all of our backers: without your support we could not continue to celebrate the value of reading and writing.
We are interested in pitches from future writers: do you have an idea for a short story or an essay? Can you help put together a campaign that will speak to audiences?
We want to hear from you.
Contact us at email@example.com
Jordan photography: Rosie Matheson
Video design: Matthew Clugston
Music: James O'Connell at Rebel Music Sound
Risks and challenges
Jordan Stephens's I'm A Pussy is The Pound Project's fifth publication in our campaign to promote the value of writing and reading. The previous four projects were successfully funded through Kickstarter and Crowdfunder and we fulfilled all of our rewards accordingly without glitches. Therefore we do not envisage any problems delivering on this project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter