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Our Crowdfund Report

October 14, 2023
by the gentle author

We may not have quite hit our target, but – thanks to 265 donors – we raised an astonishing £31,000 which is enough for us to work with creatively and relaunch Spitalfields Life Books. Meanwhile, our crowdfund page will remain open until we reach £35,000.


Thanks to you, we can now put the pandemic behind us and step towards the future.

We have been working on David Hoffman’s book, A Place to Live: Endurance & Joy in the East End, 1971-87, for several years and now it can be published next spring. Tessa Hunkin’s Hackney Mosaic Project monograph and Sarah Ainslie’s book of portraits of Women at Work in the East End are both in advanced stages of development too, and they will follow next year.

In the meantime, next month I am bringing out a limited edition of my short story On Christmas Day, published jointly with Burley Fisher Books of Haggerston and designed by David Pearson. All those who supported the crowdfund as patrons, supporters or friends will receive personally inscribed copies in the post.

We are planning a launch celebration at Burley Fisher Books with a special guest to read the story and will publish the details here as soon as they are available.


The Gentle Author picks up the threads of Christmas fiction from Charles Dickens, Dylan Thomas and George Mackay Brown to weave a compelling tale of family conflicts ignited and resolved in the festive season.

4 Responses leave one →
  1. Jill Wilson permalink
    October 14, 2023

    So glad you raised enough money to relaunch Spitalfields Life publishing! Your books are always beautifully produced and full of interest.

    I hope to be able to upgrade from friend to patron at a later date to help keep the cash flow flowing…

    Your friend Jill xx

  2. Linda Granfield permalink
    October 14, 2023

    Hooray! Thank you to all the contributors–the presses will indeed roll!

    And, Gentle Author, this Christmas I won’t be sending my annual ‘please, please’ plea for a lovely copy (with illustrations) of your wonderful “On Christmas Day.”

    Hooray, again, for that welcome, holly-green news!

  3. Kassie Schwan permalink
    October 15, 2023

    Hello again!
    I took your tour last summer and also have contributed to the chimney fund for Dennis Severs’ house. Thank you for all you do! I wonder if I could possibly purchase a copy of your Christmas story, which I look forward to reading every year now. Sending all best wishes from Brooklyn, Kassie

  4. April 1, 2024

    How wonderful that you were able to secure sufficient funding to reopen Spitalfields Life Publishing! The quality and depth of your books are consistently high.

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