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Lanterne Rouge: The Last. An anthology of poetry edited by Stella Hervey Birrell, poet in residence. Profits to St Columba's Hospice.
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Lanterne Rouge: The Last

As the first poet in residence of this little cycling cafe 

Newly minted Poet in Residence!
Newly minted Poet in Residence!

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.

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    A copy of the Anthology

    A guaranteed reserved copy of Lanterne Rouge: The Last, from its limited print run of 500, available at our launch event on 11th November or held for you in the Lanterne Rouge cafe for collection.

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    Anthology and Mentoring

    Your copy of Lanterne Rouge: The Last, reserved for collection at our launch event or in Lanterne Rouge cafe. Plus: either a coffee with me in Lanterne Rouge cafe to talk about your poetry or poetry in general, or a critique of up to 1000 words for any poem you have written. Reward must be used by April 2020.

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    Anthology and Buff by the Broom Wagon

    Your copy of Lanterne Rouge: The Last, and a buff made by Lanterne Rouge's owner, Cameron McVean, posted anywhere in the UK.

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    Anthology, 1 hour of cycling training

    Your copy of Lanterne Rouge: The Last, reserved for you at our launch event, plus a one hour session with local cyclist and Lanterne Rouge regular, Colin Russell. Colin can help you build confidence on your bike or teach your wee one to ride. Sessions must be used by April 2020.

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    Anthology and critique from R L McKinney

    Your copy of Lanterne Rouge: The Last, either to collect or posted to you anywhere in the world, plus a critique of up to 3000 words by novelist R L McKinney. Rebecca is a wise and insightful writer, always positive and encouraging to work with. Your words must be submitted by April 2020. Only one of these rewards available!

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    Anthology, critique, and Claire's book

    Your copy of Lanterne Rouge: The Last, held for you in the cafe or posted anywhere in the UK, a signed copy of All the Hidden Truths. This novel was awarded the Lucy Cavendish award for a first novel and Hodder and Stoughton won the publishing rights after a hotly contested auction. The book was described as 'a stunning debut' by the Sunday Times. Also included, a critique of up to 3000 words by All the Hidden Truths author, Claire Askew. I have worked with Claire for many years and can safely say her feedback is brilliant: astute, detailed and always supportive. Words must be submitted by April 2020.

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    Anthology: coffee and cake on us

    Your copy of Lanterne Rouge: The Last, reserved for collection at the Lanterne Rouge cafe on or after our launch event, and a free tea or coffee and one of our delicious cakes at Lanterne Rouge.

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    Anthology, All the Hidden Truths

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    Anthology, The Angel in the Stone

    Your copy of Lanterne Rouge: The Last, and a signed copy of R L McKinney's novel, The Angel in the Stone. This book was shortlisted for the 2017 Highland Book Prize. Both books available to collect at our launch event or posted anywhere in the UK.

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    Anthology and critique from Claire Askew

    One for the aspiring writers amongst us! Award winning poet and novelist Claire Askew will critique up to 3000 words of your work. I have worked with Claire for many years and can safely say her feedback is brilliant: astute, detailed and always supportive. Also comes with your copy of Lanterne Rouge: The Last, posted anywhere in the world. Your words must be submitted by April 2020.

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