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Success!  

I am absolutely delighted to announce that we have today – World Book Day – received the first consignment of the international anthology For Rhino in a Shrinking World from the publisher, The Poets Printery.  It has been a long and sometimes frustrating wait but I hope you will feel when you see the finished product that it has been worth it.

World Book Day, 23rd April 2013 - the perfect day for the rhino anthology to be born!

World Book Day, 23rd April 2013 – the perfect day for the rhino anthology to be born!

Within the next few days we will begin the process of sending a complimentary copy to each contributor and will also be organising a series of launches, beginning in Grahamstown, South Africa, and spreading to other cities and venues.  So please keep watching this space.

In addition, full information on how to order copies of the book will appear here (and elsewhere!) in due course.

Thank you very much for your patience and support so far: the hard work of spreading the word now begins in earnest.

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I have now seen the draft (sample) copy of the anthology and am impressed. Keep an eye on this space during the next few days – there should be good news to report by the end of next week.

I think I owe you all an explanation for the unfortunate delay we have experienced in releasing For Rhino in a Shrinking World.

The anthology was sent by the publisher to the printer some time ago and we expected the book to be available shortly after this. Unfortunately, it then became evident that the shape and design of the book’s cover and spine could not accommodate some of the features we wanted. For example, the font size of the poems inside became much smaller than was acceptable to me if we persisted with the original dimensions. This had to be corrected.

So the book was returned to the designer and we have now made it rectangular (26 x 21cm) rather than square. This has resolved the problem with the font size and we hope that everything is now as it should be. The book has been re-submitted to the printer and I am expecting to have a sample copy in my hands within the next few days.

I can’t tell you how frustrating this has been for all of us, but I am determined that the book will be as beautiful and as fine as it is possible to make it: the delay is annoying but necessary to ensure its quality.

As soon as I have seen and checked the sample copy I shall post here again to let you know where we stand – and I truly hope it will be to say that we’re there!

Thank you once again for your patience and support.

It is now almost a year since I listened and watched as Dr William Fowlds gave his harrowing presentation at Rhodes University about the horrors of rhino poaching. I felt utterly helpless then to contribute anything. But it is also nearly a year since I had the idea of asking poets around the world if they would be prepared to contribute to an anthology in support of the rhino and the natural world of which it is such an iconic  part.

It’s been a long haul but an inspiring one for me: the response has been absolutely stupendous, and now we are within touching distance of publication. The book should, according to the publisher, be ready this month – February.

I know that you are all, like me, waiting to see it, and I thank you for your patience (although, in the great scheme of things, publishing such a wonderful book from scratch in twelve months is no mean achievement).

I hope that the next post here will be to announce that our anthology has been published, so please keep looking!

And thank you again.

Poets Printery publisher, Dr Amitabh Mitra, and I held a long and amicable meeting together in East London today. I made plain to him my frustration, shared by many of you, I am sure, that the publication of For Rhino in a Shrinking World seems to have slowed down. It had been my hope to have the book available for purchase by Christmas but, if I’m honest, this was always going to be a tight fit.

Never mind – it will happen soon. I told Amitabh of my plans (already in motion) for a grand launch of the anthology at Rhodes University in Grahamstown – details of which will be posted here – and others elsewhere in South Africa: Cape Town and East London certainly, with others in the pipeline. And I would like to think that we may have others elsewhere in the world in due course – Any ideas?

He explained to me that the process of completing the finishing touches to what will be a very special book takes time and a delicate attention to detail by both designer and publisher. It then goes to the printer (in Durban) for final technical comment and the production of a galley, a ‘prototype’, that having been approved is then printed and produced. Once at this stage, the book can be available very quickly.

In short, he informed me (kindly but firmly!) that I have done my bit – now I must leave it in his hands. He assures me that it is being given priority, and I believe him. We should have the book available within about a month.

Please be assured that this special anthology will be ready – and available to the world – just as soon as we can make it so. In the meantime, I once more ask for your continued patience.

Thanks – and a Happy New Year to you all.

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Christmas, it seems to me, is a time for reflection, acknowledgement and gratitude.  So I would like to offer my warmest thanks here to the innumerable people who have, in one way or another, made publication of For Rhino in a Shrinking World possible.  The following is extracted from my Introduction to the anthology:

Almost at once the poems started to arrive – literally hundreds and hundreds of them. People all over the world, some very young or inexperienced as writers, others well known and widely published, clearly were deeply touched by the plight of the rhinos and as sickened and horrified as I had been by Will Fowlds’ eyewitness account, film of which was also made widely available on the Internet.

By the deadline date it had become clear to me that compiling and editing an anthology from so many generous pieces of writing would be a gargantuan task. Many submissions could not, by sheer weight of numbers as much as anything else, find their way into the book – but I wish to put on record my sincere gratitude to all those who wrote and submitted work supporting the rhinos’ cause. Without them this book would not have been possible.

I wish all who have supported us and all who will continue in the coming days to help the rhino and the natural world a truly Happy Christmas and the most uplifting of all New Years.

Thank you all!

We (Sally Scott, John Forbis, Amitabh Mitra, the designer Rentia Ellis and I) are currently in the process of finalising the anthology’s covers, front and back, and I think they look very good. As soon as the cover is finished I will post it here, so keep checking in.

Meanwhile, in response to a few understandable queries: it is still my hope and intention to have the anthology available very soon, but it must be as perfect as we can make it first. This might mean that, although the official launch may now have to be after rather than before the Christmas holiday, the book should be available for purchase in advance of this so that it can be ordered, if you wish, as a beautiful Christmas or New Year gift.

I’ll let you have full details just as soon as I have them.

 

Yesterday (Saturday) I met with the anthology’s publisher,  Dr Amitabh Mitra, in East London (SA) to hand over the MS, images and much else so that the next steps to publication can take place. We will be using a wonderful pastel image of a white rhino by Sally Scott as the book’s cover, which I hope will be available to view soon.

Roddy Fox recorded our meeting in photographs and he will post them here either later today or tomorrow, so watch out for the notices.

 

This coming weekend I plan to meet with the anthology’s publisher, Dr Amitabh Mitra, to hand over the complete manuscript and images; biographical notes of all contributors; a Foreword by Dr Will Fowlds; my Introduction; the Contents list and Index, publication credits and acknowledgements.

We’re getting there!