Writers, businesses and individuals alike have donated their time and efforts in producing a book entitled The Gift, which will be given for free to every member of NHS staff in Birmingham. The University hosted several workshops in which writers could contribute their work and ideas to the anthology. The book has been written by over 90 writers, including NHS staff, and takes the form of a collection of poetry and short stories. Ranging from light-hearted poetry to solemn, reflective pieces, it includes writers such as Andrew Motion, Charles Tomlinson and Doris Lessing.
"The Gift is for the workforce of the service: it is writing as an act of community, even solidarity. This book wants to give the NHS workforce something which is serious, entertaining, permanent, meaningful and articulate," comments Editor, David Morley. 31,000 copies of The Gift will be given to NHS staff, with another 2,000 copies printed for sale to the public with all profits going to a trust for NHS staff. David Morley is searching for private donors to help fund the printing and distribution of a further million copies of The Gift. Anyone interested in contributing should contact him at D.J.Morley@warwick.ac.uk
The Gift is available direct from the publisher for £7.95 by writing to: Stride Publications, 11 Sylvan Road, Exeter, EX4 6EW. Cheques should be made payable to 'Stride.'