Stories for Homes auction

Published by: Debi on 9th Jan 2018 | View all blogs by Debi

Hey there lovely Cloud family. Have you seen the latest initiative from Stories for Homes? We're running an auction with 100% of the proceeds going to Shelter. There are only 10 lots but, when you see them, I'm sure you'll agree that quality is more important than quantity. Please bid and please help us to promote the auction by sharing it far and wide.

We also have some more events coming up. Sorry to out-of-towners but they're in London. We're hoping some of our supporters will arrange events outside the south-east. Details of all our events here:

And, of course, you can buy the book online if you haven't already done so:

Thanks for your support. :-) x



  • Squidge
    by Squidge 5 days ago
    There are some amazing offers! original artwork; original Viz comic strip; lots of signed books...and that was just in the first ten lots I saw had gone up!

    Check it out, cloudies!
  • Debi
    by Debi 4 days ago
    There are only ten lots - but they include some that are very close to Cloudie hearts: a signed and dedicated copy of Mandy Berriman's (AKA Skylark) Home, not yet on the shelves; a signed and dedicated copy of Emma Darwin's bestselling A Secret Alchemy (US edition); and Katherine Hetzel AKA Squidge has also donated a signed copy of her book, Kingstone, for the auction. Plus we have other items, like the amazing limited edition print from Viz cartoonists, the original cover art that was used for the anthology, a signed vinyl album, plus offers for Londoners, like a haircut and a Sunday lunch.

    Please bid and help us to spread the word. Every penny raised goes to Shelter, adding to the amount we've already raised in royalties for SfH2.
  • Squidge
    by Squidge 4 days ago
    Blogged about it today, too...
  • mike
    by mike 4 days ago
    How do you buy a copy if you cannot buy over the internet? Computers have started to cause me distress. I do not have computer skills. I am probably no longer on Word CloudI.
    I am one of those people who can easily fall though the net and land on the street. but I give my change to S Matin's in the Field' in Trafalgar Square. rather than anybody begging.
  • Debi
    by Debi 4 days ago
    Mike - can you come to one of our events? Link is in the original post. We have one in Nunhead on 19th Jan. The book will be on sale there. The only bookshop which has stock is Big Green Books in Wood Green.

    I'm sorry to hear about the distress and hope you will continue to post here on the Cloud. Take care.
  • mike
    by mike 2 days ago
    Dear Debi,
    I have a friend in Nunhead and will try to visit both. It is panic attacks that is the problem. People don;t think of these as an illness. A colleague st work has a brother who suffered from them and is often immobilised. He cannot work. Social life is a problem for him. I panic over not getting the computer to work. (I stop and go for a long walk to calm down) I have no idea why I had wished to work in the theatre. How odd!
    St Martin's in the Fields' does try and cope with the problems of homelessness on their patch as it were. I asked one of the staff there whether homelinesses and begging were the same issue. The lines do seem a bit blurred. It might be a bit like spying. I might say I had never met a spy and Whisks would reply, "How do you know?" Many of the buildings around St Martins are open access during the day, Are all homeless people badly dressed?
    I passed St Martins last week and there was a free concert in which Bach was played on their organ. I attended this and paid a bit for the concert. I also used their toilet facilities which are free and paid 50p. This is what the railway stations now charge for the use of their loos, I also put some loose change into an envelope ad the church was promoting their Christmas appeal. In all, I contributed much less than cup of coffee and a piece of cake would cost. It may be a tiny amount but it adds over the year. If I use their toilet facilities once a week that is about £20 for the year.
  • Debi
    by Debi 2 days ago
    It all makes a difference, Mike. At least you're aware. All too many people walk past, oblivious to the human stories unfolding in the corner of their vision. Panic attacks are very distressing and debilitating, so it's massively to your credit that you get out as much as you do, and remain aware of others. Matt Haig talks a lot about the extra hurdles people with anxiety have to negotiate, just to get out of the house.
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