Big names back Authors for the Philippines campaign

Big names back Authors for the Philippines campaign

Popular authors including George R R Martin, Neil Gaiman, Kate Atkinson and David Nicholls are lending their support to the online literary auction raising money for the Red Cross' Typhoon Haiyan appeal. The auction closes at 8pm on Wednesday 20th November.

Signed copies of Martin's A Feast for Crows (Harper Voyager), Gaiman's The Graveyard Book (Bloomsbury), Atkinson's Life After Life (Doubleday) and a limited hardback edition of Nicholls' One Day (Hodder), as well as signed shooting scripts for One Day and Starter for Ten, are all available on the site.

Fans can also bid for signed and personalised copies of Nerd Do Well by Simon Pegg (Arrow) and The Bones Season by Samantha Shannon (Bloomsbury).

Also on offer is the chance to name a character in Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman's next book, receive the dedication in Steve Cole's first Young James Bond novel or get your manuscript critiqued by Becky Stradwick editorial director, Random House Children's Books.

Journalist and author Damian Barr is even putting himself up for auction, promising the highest bidder a platonic date.

The fundraising campaign has been set up by a group of British authors, led by Young Adult writer Keris Stainton, who managed to raise more than £12,000 with a similar auction after the 2011 Japanese tsunami.

It is hoped that this venture will be just successful and help provide aid for victims of the typhoon, which hit the Philippines on Friday 8th November.

Penguin Random House has also announced a "significant" donation to the cause.