Gina Mercer

Literature & Publishing

Anthology of Loss – The Sky Falls Down

An anthology of inspiring writing by asylum seekers, bereft parents, refugees, bushfire survivors and others who know loss. It’s about to be published but we must pay the authors and buy each a copy.

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In 2014, experienced authors and editors, Gina Mercer and Terry Whitebeach, sent out a call for writing on the topic of loss. We received hundreds of submissions. After a rigorous selection process we chose 99 potent and poignant pieces from 89 writers. That is how The Sky Falls Down: An Anthology of Loss came to be.

In 2018, we found a publisher, Ginninderra Press. The Sky Falls Down: An Anthology of Loss is due for release in June 2019. Unfortunately, we don’t have pockets deep enough to pay each author the contributor’s fee they so richly deserve. Not even to supply each author with a copy of the anthology.

Every census shows that writers earn pitiably small incomes from their craft. They are, too often, asked to publish for no financial reward. We really want these writers to be paid for their contributions and receive one author copy. Our goal is to raise funds for this purpose in the month prior to the book’s release in late June 2019.

This engaging anthology speaks of our capacity for resilience. Diverse writers share, with insight and creativity, what they’ve learned. They send telling reports from the frontiers of loss. Contributors tell of: landscapes altered by climate change, cancer, absent partners, the desolation of exile. In moving prose and poetry they explore the diverse losses of: the stolen generation, dementia, suicide, infertility, companion animal death, land clearing, homophobia, miscarriage, and more.

Their strong, dynamic writing, emerging from disorienting experiences of loss, brings a message of inspiration. In her foreword, Petrea King (Quest for Life Foundation), suggests this book may serve as ‘a friend and a warm companion’. It has the power to bring solace as well as deep pleasure.

The majority of contributors are early or mid-career authors. Three are asylum seekers on Manus Island. Two are refugees recently released from immigration detention. Many live in remote or regional Australia.

We want to pay a $100 fee for each contribution and provide each author with a copy of the anthology. Can you help? Your contribution will make a big difference. It will give our authors vital validation in terms of both income and much-needed recognition. All monies raised will go directly to authors in the form of fees and copies of the book.

This project aims to raise funds from those who support writers, those who know loss, those who wish to encourage resilience and creativity.

To find out more about the book visit www.ginninderrapress.com.au or find us on Facebook: The Sky Falls Down: An Anthology of Loss

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Gina Mercer

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Gina Mercer enjoys a three-stranded career as an editor, writer, and teacher. She has taught creative writing and literature in universities and communities for 30 years. She was Editor of Island Magazine from 2006-2010. She has served as a Peer Assessor for the Australia Council’s Literature Board and Varuna, The Writers House. She mentors writers in various genres and provides manuscript assessments for the Tasmanian Writers Centre. She’s published eight books (poetry, fiction, and academic nonfiction). Her 3 latest books are: Weaving Nests with Smoke and Stone [Walleah Press, 2015]; The Dictionary of Water [Wild Element Press, forthcoming 2019] and The Sky Falls Down: An Anthology of Loss, co-edited with Terry Whitebeach [Ginninderra Press, June 2019].

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