The Middle East Journals of Tom Hurndall - online panel talk

This seems like a worthwhile endeavour...


PRESS RELEASE
PANEL TALK TO LAUNCH FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN
FRIDAY 26TH NOVEMBER 2010

16.00-17.00 GMT (17h Central Europe, 11h East Coast US)


Trolley are launching a crowdfunding campaign for our book ‘The Only House Left Standing - the Middle East Journals of Tom Hurndall.’ Tom Hurndall, a young British photojournalist and peace worker, was shot in the head in Gaza in April 2003 whilst carrying Palestinian children to safety. He died nine months later in a London hospital. The book will contain Tom’s photographs in the weeks running up to his shooting, as well as his personal writing from his diaries and poems, and contains a preface by Robert Fisk.

The eight week campaign will launch on Friday 26th November, the day before Tom’s birthday, with a panel talk commencing at 16.00 GMT. The panel includes:

• Tom’s parents Anthony and Jocelyn Hurndall
• John Sweeney - BBC Panorama journalist who did 2003 documentary ‘When Killing is Easy’ and Independent article Silenced Witnesses
• Rowan Joffe and Simon Block - Director and Screenwriter of Channel 4 BAFTA-nominated film documentary The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall
• Mohammed Qeshta - who was with Tom when we was shot and worked for the International Solidarity Movement
• Gigi Giannuzzi - publisher and founder of Trolley Books It will be an hour long panel discussion of people who know Tom’s story and will be filmed and streamed live online to launch the fundraising campaign. The aim of this talk will be to engage the audience with Tom’s work and the concept of the book, whilst encouraging people to donate money towards it.

We are inviting participants to watch the online panel talk live, on your computer, ipad or iphone, simply by registering with your email in advance http://tomhurndalltrolleybooks.eventbrite.com/. We will then send you information on how to join us online live for the talk. The platform for the crowdfunding campaign will be Indiegogo, who support creative projects looking for much-needed financial support, especially those with a documentary basis. An edited version of the talk will afterwards be uploaded to our Indiegogo page online. Indiegogo is a pledge-for-reward social platform where supporters of our project will be able to pledge anything from £5 upwards. For example a pledge of £25 effectively pre-orders a copy of the book and supporters will be the first to receive it when it is printed.

The launch event on the 26th November will present our crowdfunding campaign live and explain further what the book is about, why it is important and how people can become involved to make it happen.

For more information please contact Hannah Watson, hannah@trolleybooks.com +44(0)207729 6591.


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