100 Stories For Queensland

100 StoriesI’m sure that wherever you are in the world you’ve heard about the shocking run of extreme weather Australia has been enduring lately. Foremost among that devastation are the floods and cyclone that have thrashed Queensland over the last few weeks. The damage and loss of life and property are heartbreaking. But true to the much lauded Aussie spirit, people across this country (and overseas) are stepping up and helping out, either with donations to the various rebuilding funds or with actual hands on, shoulder to the wheel clean up work. It’s amazing to see on the news pictures of notices on telephone poles in flood ravaged suburbs offering free board to people that have lost their homes and people turning up, unbidden, from all over the place and saying, “Right, what can I do?” It’s enough to make a cynical bastard like me think that maybe there is hope for the human race after all.

I’ve tried to do my bit where I can. I’m a long way from Queensland, but I’ve donated in a few places where I was able and then I saw the call out by the 100 Stories For Queensland team. Well, that’s something right up my alley. 100 Stories for Queensland is a charity anthology of short stories following in the footsteps of 100 Stories for Haiti and 50 Stories for Pakistan. 100% of sales profits go to The Queensland Premier’s Flood Appeal.

I immediately wanted to be part of this project so I wrote a story specifically for the anthology and sent it off. I was pleased to see that I made the long list last week and now I’ve just learned that my story has been accepted as one of the 100 that will make up the book. I’m really proud to have been selected for this and would like to think that my story and the 99 others will go some way to helping repair the damage in Queensland. Writers from around the world have donated stories – you can see the full list here.

The anthology will be available in digital and print form as well as an audio book, and is due for release on Tuesday, 8th March, 2011. I’ll drop a reminder here when it does come out. Please think about buying a copy to help out a bit with people that really need a hand right now.


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14 thoughts on “100 Stories For Queensland

  1. Congratulations, Alan. I was one of the readers who preselected stories for the shortlist. I don’t know which one was yours but I’m glad to hear it made it in. Thanks for helping out Queensland. I have family (who were already doing it tough) who were hit by the flood and I helped clean up, it was very messy and smelly. Thanks for your support.

  2. You’re welcome. It’s nice to think we can make a difference from far away, however small that difference is. Every little helps, eh?

    Incidentally, my story is called “The Speaking Tree”. I should probably have mentioned that in the post!

  3. Hi Alan,

    I’m another of the authors on the anthology. Like you, I watched the TV news and was horrified by the scope of the damage – particularly as Toowoomba is my home town. I now live in New York – but was really pleased to have this opportunity to help.

    Lookign at the list of writers and titles – I think it’s going to be a great anthology. Lots of variation in the stories – something for everyone.


  4. Congratulations, Alan! And a big thanks for plugging it on your blogsite! So many lives were devastated by these record floods statewide, it will take years to rebuild and what you have done will help, not just monetarily but also the knowledge that folk around the world are trying to do their bit to help victims, knowing they are not forgotten!
    From a Queenslander also in the anthology but thankfully not in the flood areas!

  5. I agree 100% but media being media, you say survivor and they say, well they’re okay then aren’t they, they survived. You want to get help for folk use the word ‘victim/s’ and it has people responding because it says, these folk need our help! šŸ™‚ Mass media psychology, love it or hate it, it gets the word out there!

  6. Hi Alan! I’m another author selected for the anthology. It’s so great to be a part of something like this. I live in Greece, but am an Australian from Melbourne. Congrats for making the final 100! I’m so proud to have a story alongside so many wonderful authors. :o)

  7. Hi Alan

    Iā€™m another of the authors with a story in the anthology. I feel privileged to be amongst such great writers. I live in London so am a long way from the devastation caused by the floods. This was a great project and proves that the written word pulls people together even though we’re thousands of miles apart. Congrats for making the final. Can’t wait to read the other 99 stories šŸ™‚

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