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A while ago, I answered a shout-out for contributions to an anthology from the brilliant author Caroline Smailes. The request was for a flash-fiction of one hundred words or less, inspired by a piece of music available on YouTube. The collection of one hundred flash fictions – including My piece “Birthday” (inspired by Tom Waits’ “Kiss Me”) – has just been published as an eBook, and you can buy it from Amazon right now.

Here’s the really important bit. All the royalties will be going to support the work of the charity One In Four. One In Four provide support for people who have suffered sexual abuse and sexual violence. And they’re called “One In Four” because, by the time they reach the age of eighteen, one in four young adults will have suffered exactly this.

One in four. One in four. That’s a horrible, horrible statistic. One in four of us, one in four of our children. One in four. It’s the kind of thing you read and want to instantly dismiss, like this can’t be true so I’ll just forget about it. One in four. That’s not how the world should be. But as long as it is, there’ll be a need for charities like One In Four to provide help and support for the victims.

I don’t often use my blog to beg people to buy my work, but I’m happy to do so this time. Please buy the flash anthology “100 RPM”, and help to support the work of One In Four. You’ll be helping them make a real difference.

100 RPM, edited by Caroline Smailes and introduced by Nik Kershaw, is available from Amazon for the bargain price of 99p. All profits will go to support the work of One In Four.

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Author and blogger Caroline Smailes is putting together a flash-fiction anthology in aid of the charity One In Four, who support victims of sexual violence and abuse. The anthology will contain one hundred flash-fiction stories, each of one hundred words or less, and each inspired by a different song.

As someone whose natural authorial style is not-terribly-succinct, I’m especially proud that for once I managed to stick to the word-limit, and tell a story in a saintly ninety-eight words. And I’m delighted that the piece I wrote, entitled “Birthday” (inspired by the track “Kiss Me“, from Tom Waits’ album “Bad As Me”) is one of the hundred chosen for inclusion.

Everything about this anthology’s happening fast, fast, fast – the shout-out for entries was only a week ago and already the final selection’s been made – so I can’t yet tell you the title or publication date, or share the cover artwork. But I can tell you that all profits from the anthology will go to support the work of One In Four, so I’ll be shamelessly soliciting you all to buy a copy to help support this very worthy cause.

Watch this space!

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