As summer hit hard with the tragedy of fires affecting many people across Australia, we were all moved to somehow contribute to assisting the many organisations, volunteers and victims in the best ways we knew how.
Between the 6th and 11th January 2020, a series of writing industry professionals took to Twitter with an auction that became known as #AuthorsForFireys. Based on the model of #AuthorsForAsylum created by multi-award winning author Zana Fraillon in 2017, founders Emily Gale and Nova Weetman organised over 500 writers and illustrators to offer a variety of fantastic opportunities for auction.
It soon became clear more hands were required! Churchill Fellowship recipient Judith Ridge and authors Anna Whateley and Kelly Gardiner stepped in voluntarily and in Emily's words were 'vital on the administrative side.'
On offer was a dream of several hundred items such as manuscript assessments, signed books, original illustrations, writers' services and unique experiences such as a chance to name a character in the last book of Nova's trilogy.
This auction (at date of writing) has so far raised $511,274, which has been distributed to many organisations such as the Kangaroo Island Mayoral Relief & Recovery Bushfire Fund, RFS Brigades, the Red Cross and various wildlife protection and recovery agencies.
Find out more:
Founder Website: emilygalebooks.com
Founder Website: www.novaweetman.com.au
Introduction by Fiona C Lloyd
Read CKT's March 2020 interview with founders of #AuthorsForFireys, Nova Weetman and Emily Gale.