Archive for August, 2013

Submissions are OPEN!

Posted: August 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

Read the rules, head to the Submit page and have at it!

Note that I altered the rules to add – no PDFs and two entries per entrant only please!

Any issues or queries, please drop a comment here on this entry. If you are subbing, please make the comment anonymous! Thanks.

Things have been quiet here lately I know. A lot of stuff been going on, more about which anon. As well as that, some forthcoming expressions of support which I appreciate deeply. But as well as that, have been contacting organisations. Sometimes I worry that the insistence on advocacy rather than charity is prompting silence in response. People prefer an anodyne, fresh-air event where everyone can feel good, rather than the summoning of that ghost, Anger, to spoil the party. But charity without advocacy is, to reverse the St Paul maxim, becoming as a sounding bell – it can only bring one so far.

Anger is what truly changes things.

Submissions will be opening in a few days for the contest – Friday 24th! I’ll be excited to find out how many we get. The contest will remain open for submissions until October 1st.

There is a custom in the Jewish faith where you do one thing for God that is yours to do without personal benefit or reward. This is my “thing” (any experts on Jewish religious customs out there can give me the correct word!) and I do it from my heart. I’m confident the fundraising will match what is needed: if not, I will endeavour to match what is left. I will keep it open in any case so that contributions can keep coming. if people are so moved.

Thank you for reading and keeping believing ­čÖé

Progress Update 3/8/2013

Posted: August 3, 2013 in Uncategorized

Hello everyone,

Thanks so much for your continued interest in Walking on Thin Ice! Feedback and responses have been very encouraging.

We’ve been getting lots of boosts on blogs and twitter and funds are coming in slowly but steadily for the prizes. At the time of writing we are 12 per cent funded. The folks at writing.ie (shout out to Vanessa, thank you!) have offered to run an article on the competition. All I gotta do is get it written – Real Life intervened, so I should hopefully have that ready to send over the weekend. I’ve also been talking to an artist friend about illustrating the front cover. Of course it is early days, gotta get the prize money raised and the stories in first, but I’m still excited. Furthermore, there have been a lot of tweets and my friend Eleanor has written a thoughtful and moving blog entry promoting the contest. If anyone else has a promotion or contribution, comments are open.

It might seem like there are plenty of competitions out there and plenty of sponsored activities in aid of mental health – but then I remember the final straw, the ignorant and repulsive article on a ┬ámental illness issue that triggered this whole thing (and which unfortunately I can’t discuss because of the abuse of libel laws that would take place as a result) and how we just can’t let people with vested interests in maintaining the status quo get away with this sort of behaviour any more.

I have a friend who works in the Department of Equality and Law Reform and the tribunals and cases that happen under their aegis are really the only line of defence sometimes against rampant prejudice towards stigma, not to mention blatant infringements of the law. I shudder to think what outrages the powerful would perpetrate against the young, vulnerable and psychically fragile section of the population if these advocates were not in place. Lord knows Irish reticence allows them leeway enough.

Thank you all for your good thoughts and support. Let’s keep fighting.