Every Child is Entitled to Innocence will be the first publication of the newly-formed Orangeberry Publishing Group. Due to release on February 14th, profits from the sales of this e-book will be donated to Child Helpline International.
Says initiator of the project, Dr. Niamh Clune, “I met many writers through the Internet that experienced difficult childhoods yet have overcome their brutal beginnings. I wanted to make the first Orangeberry publication a celebration of creative imagination. This powerful friend of damaged children plays an essential role in an abused child’s recovery. Gathering this series of stories was a joy. Orangeberry Books has developed special, vibrant relationships with contributors and has forged many lasting friendships.
We encouraged happy stories that reflected the innocence of childhood when infants feel wrapped in the warmth of loving arms. We wanted to contrast these with the sad ones, making them stand out in relief against a bright backdrop. We felt this comparison would demonstrate, without explanation, what happens when innocence is stolen. In this book, the reader will find many wonderful, heart-warming stories, whilst the sad ones demonstrate the magnificence of the human spirit as it triumphs against all the odds.”
Executive Editor, Karen S. Elliott stated, “While I looked at all the stories in the Every Child anthology, I edited only a few. I thought it was important, for this tome, that the writers be able to express the heartbreak and joy of childhoods past without censorship.”
Spokesperson for Orangeberry Books, Niamh Clune, explained how The Orangeberry Group is at the vanguard of a new wave of Internet publishing companies. Orangeberry aims to put quality first and bring exciting, exceptionally talented authors to the reader’s attention. Its focus is not on commercialism, but on quality, beautifully written, well-told stories. Orangeberry will also publish poetry. A further aim of the publishing company is to bring a collection of exceptional artists from across many different art disciplines to collaborate on projects in a personal, hands-on, mutually supportive manner.
The motto of the company is, ‘Paying it Forward.’ The company relies on a well-developed social network, the dedication of the core team members, and their talent and enthusiasm coupled with a socially entrepreneurial spirit. Supporters and members of this group will also benefit from on-line mentoring, a book-club, the Youth Tube Channel, and the OBBlog.
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All proceeds benefit Child Helpline International
Introducing the core members of The Orangeberry Group -
Founder, Coordinating Programme Executive and Artistic Director of Orangeberry Group
Niamh Clune is the founder of The Orangeberry Group. During her lifetime, she has been a spiritual psychologist, award-winning social entrepreneur, environmental campaigner, and award-winning writer of songs. Her song, “We Are the Voice,” was chosen to promote the 2002 World Summit in Johannesburg (she performed it with her daughter, Aleisha, at the opening concert). She has lived and worked in Africa for Oxfam, UNICEF, and World Food Program. Previously, Niamh penned, The Coming of the Feminine Christ and The Angel in the Forest. She has been described as an Irish mystic; a doctor of the soul. One reviewer described how The Coming of the Feminine Christ “puts us in mind of Anglo-Irish visionary writer AE, better known as George Russell.” Niamh has been a prolific writer about environmental issues for international magazines and newspapers. The Skyla McFee Wisdom Stories are Niamh’s latest fiction project. Orange Petals in a Storm is the first in the series.
Operations Executive Manager of Orangeberry Group
Doug Johnson worked in overseas aid and development for most of his working career. He specialised in emergency programmes such as the Mozambique floods, the Ethiopian drought, and the wars in Sudan and Liberia. Doug has vast experience in management and consultancy for agencies such as Oxfam, UNICEF, and Action Aid. He has also been published by Oxfam having written the Seeds and Tools Guide for those working in emergency situations. Doug has also been involved in publishing, built an eco-house, loves gardening, lives on a boat on the River Thames and is the proud grandfather of three little girls.
Karen S. Elliott
Executive Editor at Orangeberry Group
North Dakota, U.S.A.
Karen S. Elliott was raised by a mother who wanted to be an English teacher and who worked for Merriam-Webster as a proofreader and an aunt who could complete the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle in a day. Their favorite expression was, “Look it up!” Karen reads punctuation and grammar manuals for fun. Her favorite book is the dictionary. Karen’s favored genre is horror, although she also enjoys reading and writing memoir, historical fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Recent publications include Delaware Shores Losers Club and The Devil’s Passing on http://www.writingraw.com and From the Frying Pan Into the Freezer on North Dakota Ambassadors. Karen’s foray into experimental fiction produced The Garden which appeared on http://www.bewilderingstories.com. She has a story in the anthology Every Child is Entitled to Innocence. Karen is an editor and proofreader, blogger, writer, and grandmother.