The Difficult Second 24Hr Book Project @ South Asian Lit Fest

By Lindsey Last edited 87 months ago
The Difficult Second 24Hr Book Project @ South Asian Lit Fest

Do you remember the 24 Hour Book Challenge? A bunch of writers and editors shut themselves in a room for a lunar cycle and managed to finish, publish and print A Vauxhall Chorus with just minutes to spare before a wee launch party got the drinks flowing (and probably finished off the sleep-deprived bunch).

It apparently took the Spread the Word gang two years to recover but they're back, hand in hand with the South Asian Literature Festival and Society of Young Publishers, to do it again.

Last time it was local, this time it's global. On Saturday 15 October a crack squad of experienced writers and publishers - based in London and Delhi - will work together to write, edit and publish a new South Asian-themed story from scratch in just 24 hours. That's 12 hours to write the thing and 12 hours to get it shipshape and printed on demand. A lot of coffee will be drunk.

Want to help? If you're an experienced writer, proofreader, copy-editor or typesetter (or a combination of the above) and are free the weekend of 15-16 October then they definitely want to hear from you. The London Hub will be the Free Word Centre in Farringdon. Get in touch via

The book will be available buy online by the end of the festival and all proceeds will go to Room to Read, a charity that encourages literacy and access to reading material by distributing books throughout the world. Like the facebook page to follow their progress, chip in with helpful ideas and offer words of encouragement.

There's lots more - less mad - stuff going on at the South Asian Lit Fest between 7-24 October at venues across London.

Last Updated 05 October 2011