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Made with Love: A Fundraising Campaign

Four weeks ago, I kicked off the Indiegogo campaign entitled Made With Love in the hopes of funding my second year’s tuition for my MPhil/PhD programme at Roehampton University. I am pleased to report that with the help of so many generous people—through their conversations, their sharing, their love—I have raised over half of my goal: £2,325.* Wahoo!!!

An Indiegogo Thank You

My hope in running the campaign was that I could use my creative skills to design perks that might tempt people to contribute towards my PhD. I also hoped that people would be inspired by my research on love and romance in LGBT YA novels—my vision to engage in a discourse about love and same-sex relationships in young adult novels into academia—and contribute for that reason as well.

I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of so many folks and this post is for those who are ‘Loves:’ individuals who contributed and asked only for a poetic thank you in return. Those 5 people are Julie Barton, Adriana Haines, Lucy Iwamoto, Liz Chapman, and one anonymous donor. Below are four love poems by different poets that make my heart sing. I’ve also included one of my own poems, as a humble offering of gratitude.

I hope you, my ‘Loves,’ enjoy the poetry: THANK YOU. For everyone else who contributed to the campaign, I look forward to fulfilling your perks in the coming months.

With much love and gratitude,
Erica

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London Book Fair – Equal Measures panel

On Tuesday 16th 2013, I’ll be speaking on a panel at the London Book Fair — come along!
Gay YA

 

Equal Measures: Achieving diversity and equality in children’s books
Date: Tuesday 16th April 2013
Time: 10:00 – 11:00   
Location: Old Press Office, Earl’s Court 1

Over recent years, the ‘Equal Measures’ event has become a regular attraction at the London Book Fair (Earls Court).  It has explored many aspects of disability and children’s books and speakers have included Julia Donaldson, Francesca Martinez, Michael Foreman, Nick Sharratt and Ros Asquith.

This year’s seminar line-up is another exciting one.  As opposed to focusing purely on disability and books, the event will take a step back to reflect on the state of the children’s book landscape in relation to wider diversity issues.  To what extent do the books we give our children really reflect the diverse society we live in?  Which areas of diversity are still neglected and why?  What are the needs in terms of schools, organisations and families?  What are the challenges for publishers, writers and illustrators?   Which books represent really good examples of best practice and where we can we find more?

Special guest speaker Verna Wilkins will talk about her impact on the book world and a panel of specialists in diversity issues will share their wealth of experience with the book world.

The panel includes book supplier Letterbox Library, diversity consultant and trainer Mark Jennett, writer and academic Erica Gillingham and freelance editor and inclusion advisor Beth Cox.  Chaired by Alexandra Strick.
To come along, simply book to attend the London Book Fair and all seminars are free.
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Review on The Lesbrary: Malinda Lo’s Adaptation

My first guest lesbrarian review has been published on The Lesbrary! Yay! When I figured out I could submit my own reviews to this awesome website, I jumped at the chance. Just having finished Adaptation by Malinda Lo, I sent through my thoughts on this brand-new sci-fi novel. I’ve been so impressed with Lo’s style, narrative and portrayal of her bisexual protagonist I’ve been telling everyone who will listen/read about it!

Check out my full review here.

UPDATE: For all of my reviews as a lesbrarian, click over here.