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Literary themed online auction raises money for Grenfell victims


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An online auction called Authors for Grenfell Tower is raising money for the victims of the Grenfell fire by bidding rare books and author interactions.

The online auction, Authors for Grenfell Tower, is coordinated by Young Adult authors Harriet Reuter Hapgood (The Square Root of Summer) and Sara Barnard (Beautiful Broken Things), as well as literary agent Molly Ker Hawn (The Bent Agency). All of the money from the auction goes to relief for the Grenfell Tower residents through British Red Cross. Their website states:

"The charity has been asked by Kensington and Chelsea council to help co-ordinate fundraising in an appeal to support the residents and neighbours of the Grenfell Tower.

"Money will be given to people affected by the fire, including those who have lost everything, to buy the things they need to give themselves and their families as much normality as they can get at this extraordinarily difficult time.

"By donating to the London Fire Relief Fund people will be able to help those who have been injured, bereaved, left destitute or traumatised by this tragedy."

The auction items include books signed and personalised by the authors, rare first editions, creative writing courses with established authors, meetings with authors and opportunities to name a character in an author’s upcoming work. Some of the featured and most popular items include signed books by Margaret Atwood and Judy Blume, as well as the chance to name a character in the second part of Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust.

There are hundreds of items open for bidding. Bidding is open to anyone including those outside of the UK.

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