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War Poetry Anthology


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I have received the request below to highlight a book which is being brought together which will give people a chance to see their poetry in print.

I was a bit unsure where this fitted in as this forum seems to be mainly film/TV orientated these days. But it does come under the 'artsy' banner so here it is.




A call for poetry linked to the military operations in Afghanistan has come from Ryan Gearing, boss of military bookseller and publisher Tommies Guides.

Explained Ryan, “In November 2011 it will be 10 years since British troops entered Afghanistan following the terror attacks in New York. I want to produce an anthology of the poetry written or suggested by men and women of all three services, involved in securing freedom for the people of Afghanistan, or poetry that has inspired them and their families as they carry out their dangerous duties.”

Tommies Guides intends to publish the anthology to commemorate the anniversary and give it the title, Enduring Freedom, the original military name for operations in Afghanistan.

For each book sold there will be a donation to the charity Combat Stress, whose workload is much greater as a result of the operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Wing Commander David Hill, Chief Executive of Combat Stress, welcomed the plan, commenting, “For 90 years Combat Stress has led the way in providing vital support to veterans suffering from mental ill health.

“With the Armed Forces constantly in action, we are being approached by more and more veterans who are seeking our unique help. Since 2005 we have seen a 72 per cent increase in new referrals. That’s why we are delighted to back this unusual initiative from Tommies Guides.”

Suggestions or contributions for poems to be included in the anthology should be sent to:-
Ryan Gearing, Tommies Guides, Menin House, 13 Hunloke Avenue, Eastbourne,
East Sussex, BN22 8UL; EMail, sales@tommiesguides.co.uk


Further media information from:-
Geoff Simpson
0161 483 1790; 07880 790191

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