Lanterne Rouge: The Last
As the first poet in residence of this little cycling cafe
tucked away in the East Lothian countryside, I want to do something a bit special and a bit different.
My plan? To pull together twenty poems on the theme of 'The Last.' (Lanterne Rouge is the name given to the cyclist in last place in several cycle races including the Tour de France.) Make a beautiful book, printed locally, that will do justice to the theme, the poets, and this amazing part of the world.
I also want to use this opportunity to raise some money for Lanterne Rouge's charity of choice: St Columba's Hospice. After I've paid poets (who will be given the option to waive their fee), and print costs, proceeds from the sale of the book will go direct to the Hospice. Visit their website here.
Why am I raising money? I believe passionately that poets should be paid for their work. And I need to raise money for print costs. I would love to make a concrete contribution to the thriving creative network that exists in Scotland. It's important to be clear here: your donation will help to raise money for the hospice only if the project is funded by this Kickstarter. Kickstarter rules mean that I am not allowed to raise money for charity via their website.
Why an anthology? Anthologies are a huge part of the writing and reading community - a democratic showcase of new writers set alongside more experienced poets, a way of putting many points of view in one place. Readers can look forward to a mixtape of human experience, and an opportunity to find new favourites.
Risks and challenges
If I make more money than I need for this Kickstarter (a good problem to have!) I will need to work out what to do with it. I can't donate it to St Columba's as that would violate Kickstarter rules. I would communicate openly with backers as to whether I have decided to increase the number of copies in the print run, or add more pages and therefore poets to the anthology.
The main challenge for this project will be getting enough support to make the anthology. I'm grateful for the Kickstarter design which ensures that I'll only complete the project if there is enough funding to do so.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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