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19.09.11 | Katie Allen
Historical author Tracy Chevalier and Hamish Hamilton publishing director Simon Prosser have joined forces to edit a short story collection raising awareness and funds for the Woodland Trust.
Why Willows Weep: Contemporary Tales from the Woods will be published on 19th October priced £12.95 by Indie Books and will contain stories from 19 contemporary authors including Joanne Harris, Rachel Billington and Philip Hensher.
Chevalier, who conceived of the project with her husband Jonathan Drori, a trustee of the charity, said: “The whole thing has been immense fun and I’ve learnt a lot about trees on the way. There’s something about reading all the stories at once that makes you feel like you’re in a grove of trees, looking at them as individuals for the first time.”
The book will be sold through a dedicated website, and will be made available from late November through Hamish Hamilton’s online magazine Five Dials' website.
For every copy of Why Willows Weep sold, the Woodland Trust will be able to plant five native trees. According to the charity, the UK is one of Europe’s least-wooded countries, and that it is vital to double the UK’s native woodland over the next five years.