There are several anthologies that I or friends have been involved with or that I just think are fabulous both for the cause and the content and would be great and worthy presents for Christmas. The beauty of the anthologies is that you can dip in and out and everything will find something to enjoy. I think it’s important to balance the hysteria of want around Christmas by giving something back if possible. These anthologies also let you or the person you are buying for share in the very human experiences of others.
The Big Book of Hope:
Charity: The Hope Foundation works to give street children in Kolkata – formerly known as Calcutta, a glimmer of hope. Projects include ‘shelter, healthcare, education, vocational training, child protection, anti-trafficking, anti-child labour and child’s right advocacy.
Bonus for Irish buyers near Bray: Vanessa O’ Loughlin who with Hazel Larkin organised and compiled the book has told me that:
‘Dubray Books are organising an evening to celebrate The Big Book of Hope launch in their Bray shop on 1st December from 6pm. If you’re free, I’d love you to join myself, Hazel Larkin and TD Liz McManus together with several of the other authors including Evelyn Cusack, Julia Kelly and Ivy Bannister for a glass of wine- authors will be available to sign your book (which makes a perfect Christmas gift!)’
RSVP TO SUSAN at DUBRAY BOOKS on (01) 286 9370
Book: A ‘Pint and a Haircut’ is a collection of true Irish stories collated by Garret Pearse.
Charity: The collection is raising money to be used by the aid agency Concern in Haiti.
- Poems for Children
- Poems about Friendship
- Love Poems
- “Sad” Poems
- Poems about a season
My poem ‘If we thought that love was gone’ is included.
The charity: All the money raised from the book goes to St John’s Ward at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, the Haemotology and Oncology Ward.
The Book: Shamblelurking is a collection of stories and poems for children between 8 and 12 years of age, which has been compiled and edited by Marit Meredith (The Pages Magazine).
Charity: The book is in aid of the National Autism Society who will receive receive £1.06 per copy sold.
Charity: The funds will go to the Red Cross to raise money for the flood victims of Pakistan
There are, of course, many worthy causes out there but these are top quality products with wide appeal and will make great gifts. Best wishes for the Christmas season.