I was going to write a blog onTerry Deary’s latest daft outburst about libraries but then something more important came along; namely the 4,000 people killed and 500,000 left homeless in the Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan.
A scene of devastation left from Typhoon Haiyan
One of the children’s writers I follow on Twitter, Candy Gourlay, author of the excellent Tall Story, has family over there, so when I saw the news about the typhoon I immediately thought of her.
Candy’s family are all safe but, together with fellow author Keris Stainton, she has set up a live auction site, Authors for the Philippines, to raise funds for the Red Cross Appeal. Authors for the Philippines is only open until this Wednesday (20th) so if you read this today go to the site NOW. The things authors are offering are not only generous but unique. Signed copies of books and illustrations, free author visits, free appraisals of your manuscripts by top editors, your name as a character in a book… it goes on and on.
I left it too late to donate a prize but I’ve put in a bid for Lot #259 Catherine MacPhail to judge a school’s short story competition. If I win the bid, I’m going to donate it to Ysgol Esgob Morgan, where I’m Patron of Reading, as a Christmas present.
If I had a young child, I’d be bidding for #290 – Cliff McNish to write a dedicated story for them – what an offer!
So get bidding – it’s a book lover’s paradise on there – and know you’ve helped the distressed and displaced people of the Philippines at the same time. It’s a great cause.
Update: Over £55,000 was raised and I won my bid. Get in!