We love books and creative writing which showcase work focusing on social issues,; these works bring our attention to stories that matter – those of hardship, injustice, change and revolution. We’re so pleased to be partnering with Retreat West Books, particularly as they launch their anthology The Word For Freedom – a charity anthology of stories celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage.
Retreat West Books is a new independent publisher based in the UK but with a global outlook.
Founded by novelist, journalist and entrepreneur, Amanda Saint, Retreat West Books has a social and environmental conscience and every year publishes at least one short story anthology that is raising funds for a charitable cause. In November 2018, a collection of short stories and flash fictions, The Word For Freedom, will publish and all profits will be donated to Hestia, a London charity supporting adults and children in crisis, including women and children who have experienced domestic abuse.
It features stories from Costa Prize-winning author, Angela Readman; international bestseller, Angela Clarke; and Edgar Allan Poe Award-winner, Anna Mazzola; alongside other established and emerging authors.
Amanda Saint said: “I’m delighted that Retreat West Books can work alongside Hestia to support their UK SAYS NO MORE campaign to end domestic abuse and sexual violence. When I started my publishing venture it was important to me that at least one book a year would support social or environmental action groups and also bring new writing voices to the world. The Word For Freedom anthology is the second book in 2018 to do so and I am looking forward to supporting more causes through brilliant stories in the years to come.”
The collection is co-edited by author, Rose McGinty, who approached Amanda with the idea for the project. The stories are a mix of historical, contemporary, and futuristic, all on the theme of feminism and women’s rights to coincide with the 100-year anniversary of women’s suffrage in the UK and the 100 Year March taking place in London this autumn.
As well as publishing books, Retreat West also helps new writers to find their voices through a range of affordable online creative writing courses, novel and short story competitions and tutored writing retreats. Amanda Saint also teaches at writing festivals and is passionate about helping people from all backgrounds to learn to write creatively.
Interested in becoming a partner?
Are you or your organisation interested in becoming a partner of the UK SAYS NO MORE campaign? We want to hear from you! Email Partnerships Manager Sarah Winterflood at Sarah.Winterflood@hestia.org for more information.