Speak To Strangers: Guerilla Book Drop

Lindsey
By Lindsey Last edited 79 months ago
Speak To Strangers: Guerilla Book Drop

A hundred short stories of a hundred conversations with a hundred strangers, each in a hundred words is published today.

Speak To Strangers began life as a daily fiction blog but became part of Josie Long's Hundred Days To Make Me A Better Person project for the 2010 London Word Festival.

Author, Gemma Seltzer, gave away her one hundred conversations inscribed on a hundred scrolls at a festival event celebrating the project. The stories have again been committed to paper and bound together by Penned in the Margins to be placed in your local bookshop.

Speak to Strangers celebrates London and Londoners and hopes to inspire our infamously reticent Londony selves to open up to strangers on a regular basis.

Ten special copies of Speak to Strangers will be released into the wild today at exact locations featured in the book. Each copy will be packaged, weather proofed and tagged with a postcard addressed ‘Dear Stranger’. The books will be tracked via Gemma’s website.

Look out for the freed tomes at Spitalfields Market (marked by Day 43), the Wellcome Collection (Day 33), and the Southbank Centre (Day 9) among others. If you find one, use it as an opportunity to speak to those around you. Go on, break the ice.

Speak to Strangers is available from Penned in the Margins, Inpress (inpressbooks.co.uk) and all good bookstores priced £9.99.

Last Updated 01 July 2011

Gavin Baxter