So first of all the where. In The Empty Places was an anthology I co-edited back in 2016 with the aim of raising funds and awareness for Bantuan Coffee, a charity that helped the victims of child prostitution in Indonesia. It brought together writers and artists from around the world, some translated into English for the first time. I’m proud of that book, and the small contribution it made to an issue too big to properly comprehend. It sold out completely (I can’t remember the print run, but it was enough to make me worry that we’d have boxes of the stuff kicking around) but we never managed to have any actual launch events which was a shame. It was a good experience that I’d like to repeat now I’m older, wiser, and have a bigger address book. I love anthologies. Many of the writers I’ve been posting about in my monthly “reads” articles I discovered in short story or essay anthologies and followed up on them, Porochista Khakpour being the latest. It’s a shame the book isn’t still available but also that’s kind of the point of these anthologies - they are snapshots of a time and place.
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