Monday, 22 November 2010

Crowdfunding campaign to publish Middle East journals of photojournalist Tom Hurndall

Trolley Books is launching a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to publish ‘The Only House Left Standing' - the Middle East journals of the aspiring British photojournalist and peace worker Tom Hurndall who was shot in the head in Gaza by an Israeli soldier in April 2003 and died nine months later in a London hospital, aged 22.

The book will contain Tom Hurndall’s photographs in the weeks running up to his shooting, as well as extracts from his diaries and poems, and contains a preface by the Independent's Robert Fisk.

The eight week crowdfunding campaign will launch next Friday (November 26), the day before Tom’s birthday, with a webinar panel talk starting at 16.00 GMT. The panel includes:
• Tom’s parents Anthony and Jocelyn Hurndall.
• BBC Panorama journalist John Sweeney.
• Rowan Joffe and Simon Block, the director and screenwriter of Channel 4's documentary The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall.
• Mohammed Qeshta - who was with Tom Hurndall when we was shot and worked for the International Solidarity Movement.
• Gigi Giannuzzi, publisher and founder of Trolley Books.

The panel will be filmed and streamed live online to launch the fundraising campaign. To watch the online panel talk live, on computer, ipad or iphone, register with your email in advance

An edited version of the talk be uploaded to an Indiegogo page online. Indiegogo is a pledge-for-reward social platform where supporters of the project will be able to pledge anything from £5 upwards. It is hoped enough funds can be raised in time for the book to be published in April 2011, the eighth anniversary of Tom Hurndall's shooting.

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