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    Weʼve raised £675 to create and publish '84', a poetry anthology of writings from a host of male and female voices on the subject of male suicide.

    Birmingham, UK
    Funded on Friday, 30th November 2018

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    In September my brother Matthew took his own life. He was just 40 years old.

    Matthew was one of the 84 represented in the #project84 campaign, led by the charity CALM. In light of this project, and the recent efforts of the charity to raise awareness of male suicide, I began to wonder if I could create an anthology of the same title. Reading, poems and literature of all kinds - but especially on themes of human vulnerability, grief, and mental health, have become a huge source of comfort since his passing, though I've found the material poorly sourced, and not widely available. I wanted to create a book that might be a touch-stone. A readily available source of light and comfort, as well as a gathering of truths. Thanks to the compassion and creativity at Verve Poetry Press, this small seed of an idea is becoming a reality.

    Published by Verve, and edited by me and my father, the anthology will feature a host of male and female voices, sharing their experiences of suicide, mental health, or grief - from those who have been on the brink of suicide, to those who have lost a loved one, or been moved by the campaign. We see this anthology as both an uncensored exposure of truths, as well as a celebration of the strength and courage of those willing to write and talk about their experiences; using the power of language to openly address and tackle an issue that directly affects a million people every year. This book will be for everyone. For those who have lost a loved one to suicide, to those who have no experience of it, but want to learn more.

    We are raising money to support the creation of this anthology, covering production, marketing and printing costs. ALL PROCEEDS will be donated to the CALM charity, and those who donate to this crowdfunding campaign will be proudly featured in the anthology, publishing your support.

    Call-outs for submissions to the anthology will be in end of September 2018. More details to follow soon.

    Thank you for taking the time to read this. And thank you so much if you choose to donate.



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      Jinny Fisher

      Nov 29, 2018


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      Cherry Doyle

      Sep 30, 2018


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      Jo Young

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    • Anonymous


      Sep 28, 2018

      Thinking of you xx

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      Antony Owen

      Sep 28, 2018



    • Reama


      Sep 18, 2018

      Huge cuddles. Massive ones. Sorry I can't give more.


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