The Baby Shoes Project: Newsletter Number One, 7th April, 2016
This is the first of what I hope will be a series of newsletters updating anyone who's interested in where the Baby Shoes Project is up to. To recap, the project is open to anyone who would like to join and is an exercise in determining just how flexible the human imagination can be when encouraged – or pushed! The idea is to write a piece of flash fiction (absolute maximum 500 words) to explain how a pair of baby shoes, never worn, came to be up for sale. My challenge to you is to think outside the box. Go for the obvious if you want to: the awful tale of sorrow and loss, perhaps with your own little twist. But why not try an alternative view: a funny reason, a celebratory reason, a downright weird reason. The variations (I believe) are limitless.
If I can collect enough of these precious little vignettes, it is my firm intention to publish them in a book which will then be sold for charity. I have to say, at this stage, that I am eternally grateful to my publisher, Kensington Gore Publishing, for agreeing to take this book on and even to provide the artwork free of charge. I couldn't do it without you Kenny. I envisage that it will take me at least a year to get enough material together and, a little further on into the project, I will be attempting to bring on board some celebrity names.
To date, I have twelve contributions in the can and a smattering of others promised at a later date. They are all fabulous pieces of work and are as varied and entertaining as I could possibly have hoped. As things stand, I am giving each one a classification (sorrow/loss; humorous; religious; poetry) and so on and may well organise the book according to those classifications.
As I'm sure you can imagine – it is a mammoth task that I have set myself. Because all the stories are, by design, short (our smallest so far has just ten words) I am going to need hundreds of entries to make it work. So here I appeal to you to pass on the word wherever you can; via your websites, social media accounts, or word of mouth. I even have an A4 poster which I could send you to print off and pin up in your local supermarket, Wheeltappers and Shunters Club, or any other suitable venue (just ask). Even just asking your friends and family to "like" the Facebook page or to register an interest on the website would be a tremendous help. I have, somehow, to make this thing go at least mildly viral so please, if you can, please help.
Thanks for reading. The relevant links are here: