UK authors auction for Nepal earthquake victims

UK authors auction for Nepal earthquake victims

Authors Louise O’Neill, Naomi Wood, Rowan Coleman and Cathy Cassidy are among the writers donating items for an auction to raise money for victims of the Nepal earthquake.

The 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal on Saturday 25th April, and so far more than 5,000 people have been confirmed dead, with the UN estimating that 8m people have been affected in some way.

Authors for Nepal has been set up by Surrey-based writer, Julia Williams, who also works as an editor at Harlequin.

Williams is asking for authors, illustrators, agents and editors to donate items for a charity auction to be held online, with all money raised going to Earthquake Relief for Nepal, an appeal set up by New Zealand-based charity First Steps Himalaya.

The charity was recommended by Williams’ sister-in-law Michelle Moffatt, who lived in Nepal for a number of years.

UK writers donating signed copies of their books include YA Book Prize winner O’Neill [pictured]; Wood, author of Mrs Hemingway (Picador); Coleman, author of We Are All Made of Stars (Ebury Press);  children’s writer Cassidy; Amazon Publishing author Mel Sherratt; and Lucy Dillon, author of One Small Act of Kindness (Hodder).

Children’s author Sue Ransom is offering an author visit and children’s literary agent Julia Churchill has donated two critiques of three chapters and a synopsis each.

Dozens of others have also donated items.

Williams told The Bookseller: “People really want to get involved. They just want to do something.”

The deadline for submitting donations is 6pm on Sunday 3rd May. The auctions are scheduled to begin on Tuesday 5th May. Details can be found on the Authors for Nepal Facebook group.

Trade figure who want to make a donation can email authorsfornepal@gmail.com, giving their full name, a biography and attaching a picture, along with details of their donation.

The Authors for Nepal campaign is modelled on earlier fundraising efforts Authors for Japan, set up after the Japanese earthquake in 2011, and Authors for the Philippines, set up after the typhoon in the area in 2013.