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Refugees Worldwide Pre-purchase Campaign

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We will soon be publishing Refugees Worldwide, a wonderful collection of writing on displaced people around the world. Leading writers – including Mohammed Hanif (A Case of Exploding Mangoes), Ece Temelkuran (The Women Who Blow on Knots), Najat El Hachmi (The Last Patriach) and Abubakar Adam Ibrahim (Season of Crimson Blossoms) – provide insightful works of narrative non-fiction and reset the balance on a global refugee crisis that is too often viewed through Eurocentric eyes. Proceeds from the book will be donated to Refugees International.

Ragpicker Press is small and independent and we have to be innovative to fund our projects. In order to finance the first print run of Refugees Worldwide we need to pre-sell 100 copies. It's a straightforward campaign, £10 to pre-purchase one copy of the book, but as a special offer you can have The Football Crónicas half-price (so £15 for Refugees Worldwide and The Football Crónicas) and Crude Words at a discount (so £20 for Refugees Worldwide and Crude Words, and £25 for all three.)

To pre-purchase Refugees Worldwide simply click on the Paypal button below. If you'd prefer to do a bank transfer or if you want to take advantage of one of the special offers, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  (or my personal email if you know me and know that) for further instructions. We aim to have the books printed in early September and posted out by the end of the month.

We'll run the campaign until we reach our goal and we'll update the number of copies sold on a daily basis. Current total: 1/100

 

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Coming Soon: Refugees Worldwide

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A Syrian man watches his friends depart, a Turkish woman decides she herself must leave; a Congolese asylum seeker confronts Japanese bureaucracy, an Afghan gets a hero's welcome in Lithuania. Somalis flee to Kenya, Pakistanis to Indonesia, Salvadorans to Belize, Haitians to Brazil. The refugee crisis in Nigeria, Sudan, Ukraine, Greece; a world in flux.

Mohammed Hanif / Ece Temelkuran / Khaled Khalifa / Najat El Hachmi / Masatsugu Ono / Nora Bossong / Abdi Latif Dahir / Andréa del Fuego / Artem Chapeye / Nils Mohl / Stella Gaitano / Juan José Martínez D'Aubuisson / Amanda Michalopoulou / Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

Fourteen leading writers from around the world offer incisive works of literary reportage focused on migrants, asylum seekers and refugees. Together their personal accounts provide a powerful picture of global displacement; the story of our time.

Proceeds from this book will be donated to Refugees International, an independent organisation that advocates for displaced people everywhere.

The cover design is still under development, but will based around Rubab Paracha's wonderful refugee-inspired artwork.

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A Celebration of Crude Words

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CLAW
As part of the CLAW (Contemporary Latin American Writing) Festival this week, we'll be having a little celebration of Crude Words. Join the editors and translators to discuss contemporary Venezuelan writing.

When: Saturday 8th July @ 3:30pm 

Where: The Cervantes Theatre, Old Union Street Arches, 229 Union Street, Southwark, London

At 5.30, there'll be a performance of co-editor Montague Kobbé's play Tales of Bed Sheets and Departure Lounges - find out more at www.clawfestival.com

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Media Frenzy

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A number of Ragpicker collaborators have been hitting the headlines recently; Football Crónicas translator Jon Blitzer reports on the plight of Salvadoran deportees for the New Yorker:

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/01/23/the-deportees-taking-our-calls

And Football Crónicas writer Juan Pablo Meneses discussed the art of crónica writing with the LA Review of Books:

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/cant-escape-road-interview-juan-pablo-meneses/

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