Authors for Nepal raises £14k for earthquake victims

Authors for Nepal raises £14k for earthquake victims

An auction of signed books, critiques by literary agents, and more has raised more than £14,000 for victims of the Nepal earthquakes.

Authors for Nepal, set up by Surrey-based writer Julia Williams, who also works as an editor at Harlequin, auctioned off 281 items donated by a variety of authors and trade figures.

The total raised was £14,553.82. The money will go to New Zealand-based charity First Steps Himalaya, and will be used to build six classrooms.

Authors including Louise O’Neill, Naomi Wood, Rowan Coleman and Cathy Cassidy donated items.

The highest bid of £950 was for a manuscript critique by literary agent Sally Anne Sweeney of Mulcahy Associates.

Williams said: “People have been incredibly generous. I can’t thank all the publishing people who donated things enough.

“People have been really good with their time and have gone beyond the call of duty. The buyers have also been generous.”

A 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal on Saturday 25th April. A second earthquake hit the country on 12th May.