Introducing a new, pocket-sized book by Pandora Sykes
She has written for the likes of The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, ELLE, GQ and Vogue Australia. She is the co-host of The High Low, the UK's most popular women's podcast. She is a broadcaster, a brand consultant, and a parent.
But now Pandora turns her attention to authenticity.
In her intimate, thought-provoking essay, The Authentic Lie, Pandora explores ideas about womanhood, mental health, social media, celebrity and the things that 'define' who we are.
With the help of the brilliant author and journalist Elizabeth Day, who has written the foreword, we think it will get people talking.
Why? Crucially, Pandora has taken a risk: placing her own experiences at the heart of this piece, readers are given an insight into someone who is acutely aware of the pressures we all face to ‘keep it real’.
Can we even use that phrase any more? It costs just £1 or more to find out.
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Why Pandora? We asked her...
"As a journalist it is usual to become type-cast. I wanted to scratch an itch that I hadn't been able to do, yet, as a writer. The Pound Project gave me the opportunity to immerse myself, totally, in a passion project.
"My favourite kind of essay-writing combines pop-culture and modern philosophy, whilst never patronising or stringing along their reader. I wanted to see how far I could wrangle with the concept of authenticity, without the reader needing a lifeboat.
"Our modern life is defined by zeitgeisty buzz-words, but two such words - 'authenticity' and 'curator' - make impossible bedfellows. In a hyper-curated world, is an authentic life even an option? And what - when applied to the human experience - does 'authenticity' actually mean?"
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 you can buy the lovely book in print.
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.
Both The Pound Project and Pandora are incredibly thankful to Elizabeth Day for supporting our project and writing such a compelling foreword. The award-winning writer really gets to the heart of Pandora's piece and we are grateful for her wonderful words. We can't wait to read her upcoming book How to Fail.
We also thank all of our backers: without your support we could not continue to celebrate the value of reading and writing.
We are interested in hearing 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Pandora photography: Eva K Salvi
Elizabeth photography: Jenny Smith Photography
Video design: Matthew Clugston
Music: James O'Connell at Rebel Music Sound
Risks and challenges
Pandora Sykes's The Authentic Lie is The Pound Project's fourth publication in our campaign to promote the value of writing and reading. The previous three 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
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