Jen Campbell, author of Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops and The Bookshop Book, bookseller and YouTuber, has pledged to write 100 poems in 48 hours to fundraise for the Book Bus, a charity that serves communities in Africa, Asia and South America with mobile libraries.
The challenge will take place on the 6th and 7th October in advance of this year’s Books Are My Bag celebrations. The Books Are My Bag team will be helping publicise the challenge on social media. The Bookshop Book (Constable, £12.99) was the official book of last year’s campaign and included stories of mobile libraries and bookshops around the world. Campbell said: “It seemed like the perfect time to support The Book Bus, spreading a love of books and reading worldwide and making sure that stories are available to as many people as possible. The Book Bus takes books to children in communities who don’t have them at their local schools.”
Campbell will be uploading the poems onto 100poemchallenge.blogspot.com as she writes and is asking people to donate via Indiegogo. The author is offering perks for donators including handwritten poems and a limited edition signed and numbered pamphlet of the collected poems. All 100 poems will be handwritten onto postcards and will be available to buy for £5 after the challenge is completed with postage offered worldwide and all proceeds going to the Book Bus.
Campbell explains the project in a video on her YouTube channel as well as asking for words, lyrics or pictures that might help inspire the poems. Campbell has previously published a poetry collection in 2012, The Hungry Ghost Festival (The Rialto, £5.50).