Where were you?

coverTen years ago. Can you remember? It was when WAR was declared on Iraq (sorry, on terror, which appears to have been residing in Iraq, doubtless hiding behind all those weapons of mass destruction)

Ten years ago a group of Dumfries based writers protested in the only way they could, by writing and by reading out that writing.

Ten years on we’ve put together the bulk of that, with a bit of a retrospective, into an ebook (who’d have thought of ebooks ten years ago eh?) and you can download it now for Kindle or epub readers.

When print publishing ruled supreme you would never have had access to this material. I suppose that yes, it could have been all posted on a website, but now, because of ebooks, you can download your own little piece of social history for only 99p.  Published by Guerrilla Midgie you can see what we were all saying and thinking back then.  This sort of social history may not be hugely important in the scheme of things, but it shows you what some ordinary people thought. And what they still think. And that has got to be worth 99p surely?  It might even take you back to where you were yourself 10 years ago today.

Want to secure your copy. Here’s how to do it. Just click the link for your chosen ereader.

KINDLE UK version (99p) KINDLE US version ($1.50)  OPEN EPUB version (98p) for some reason too obscure to be able to work out.  Please note that open epub works on any ereader bar Kindle but you’ll need to download the Kobo app to get it. And if you feel particularly generous you can even send it as a gift to someone from the Kobo epub site.

Today at Guerrilla Midgie the war we’ve been fighting a war not against terror but against computers. For some reason (we think it’s a download of the new flash player fighting with Google Chrome) images and features aren’t working properly. Much time is wasted trying to work out how to fix problems one isn’t even sure one has diagnosed properly. This is a curse of the 21st century. But at least no one gets killed in the process. It is however   why this post isn’t more informative or more lengthy. But we’ve got the main bit of information out.

You can download WE COULDN’T STOP THE WAR for 99p. JUST DO IT. 

THE FESTIVAL FINALE

GOING FURTHER FOR FAIR TRADE IN 2013

So what can we all do now? Here’s a few places to start looking for answers.

Fair trade in your company

Fair Trade in schools

Fair Trade Towns

The impact of Fair Trade Towns

I hope you’ve enjoyed this online experience for the past fortnight and that you’ll keep going forward  to promote FairTrade in your daily life in your local community. Every day.

If you want to read more about FairTrade Fiction you can buy FairTrade Fiction Volume 1 as an ebook for Kindle or Epub or as a paperback just click the appropriate highlight. (The ebook is at the specially reduced price of 99p for the Festival and the paperback is cost price at £2.99)

BETWEEN FREE AND FAIR

We’ve all had a lot of fun so far eh? Well now it’s down to the hard tacks. The economics behind everything. Not so much fun perhaps but just as important. Time to get serious.

Market volatility is present in most of the agricultural products. Why is this so? Why and how to markets control things?

These are questions to think about and concepts to challenge. Tell us what you think in flash fiction form!

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The Economics of Fair Trade

If you want to read more about FairTrade Fiction you can buy FairTrade Fiction Volume 1 as an ebook for Kindle or Epub or as a paperback just click the appropriate highlight. (The ebook is at the specially reduced price of 99p for the Festival and the paperback is cost price at £2.99)

BEYOND PRODUCT – THINK PEOPLE

So far we’ve concentrated on a load of FairTrade products. But never forget, FairTrade is about people not just products. So now with the festival running toward the end, it’s time to turn your mind to the people behind the products as well as the people who consume the products.

LOCAL AND GLOBAL – FARMERS AND FAIR TRADE ROUND THE WORLD

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How about a trip to the other side of the world? Fair Trade NZ

And never forget the power of the consumer (Fair Trade USA)

or indeed Improving lives

READING

Farmers of the world unite

Fair Trade impacts in Malawi

If you want to read more about FairTrade Fiction you can buy FairTrade Fiction Volume 1 as an ebook for Kindle or Epub or as a paperback just click the appropriate highlight. (The ebook is at the specially reduced price of 99p for the Festival and the paperback is cost price at £2.99)

TEA

Now you’ve got your FairTrade sugar, you need something to put it in. Tea is the UK’s beverage of choice. I can’t stand the stuff personally, but that doesn’t mean I don’t stock up with FairTrade Tea. Convince me that it’s a drink worth tasting… give me your best flash fiction, inspired by ‘the cup that cheers.’

TEA PRODUCT SNAPSHOT

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IMPACTS OF TEA IN MALAWI

 

 

If you want to read more about FairTrade Fiction you can buy FairTrade Fiction Volume 1 as an ebook for Kindle or Epub or as a paperback just click the appropriate highlight. (The ebook is at the specially reduced price of 99p for the Festival and the paperback is cost price at £2.99)

SUGAR

Sugar is sweet but the world of sugar production is less so. The market for sugar has been a battleground for years.

In the past three to four years sugar is the area Fairtrade has made its most significant industry in roads. Sugar is one of the most valuable globally traded products. It is the most voluminous fairtrade product after Bananas. There’s no excuse not to buy fairtrade sugar!

SUGAR PRODUCT SNAPSHOT

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Sugar in Malawi
(This one isn’t on YouTube but click the link above and you’ll get direct to the video)

READING
You can begin your reading by checking out:

Starting a sweet revolution and if you want to go into more depth have a read of the Impact assessment

If you want to read more about FairTrade Fiction you can buy FairTrade Fiction Volume 1 as an ebook for Kindle or Epub or as a paperback just click the appropriate highlight. (The ebook is at the specially reduced price of 99p for the Festival and the paperback is cost price at £2.99)

ROSES

It’s time to say it with flowers. Because yes, flowers can be fairly traded too!

FLOWERS PRODUCT SNAPSHOT

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Today you get two videos for the price of one. That price. Free. And Fair. And that’s quite a combination.

Equador Fair Trade Association

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Roses questions and answers

Now, we know life isn’t all hearts and flowers. And that love can be like a red, red, rose. So that flowers can inspire poetry and why not flash fiction. Come on, you know you want to!

If you want to read more about FairTrade Fiction you can buy FairTrade Fiction Volume 1 as an ebook for Kindle or Epub or as a paperback just click the appropriate highlight. (The ebook is at the specially reduced price of 99p for the Festival and the paperback is cost price at £2.99)

OLIVE OIL

I’ll be honest and say I don’t know much about FairTrade Olive Oil. It’s something of a new kid on the block but I believe people are doing great things in difficult circumstances to bring FairTrade Olive Oil to our shelves. 
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A story of Palestine.


READING

Olive Oil questions and answers

It’s that time again. Time for you to get your flash fiction heads on and see what you can thrill, excite and charm us with today. Go for it.

If you want to read more about FairTrade Fiction you can buy FairTrade Fiction Volume 1 as an ebook for Kindle or Epub or as a paperback just click the appropriate highlight. (The ebook is at the specially reduced price of 99p for the Festival and the paperback is cost price at £2.99) 

GOLD

‘FairTrade Gold?’  I hear you say. But it’s a luxury item. How can it be? Well, you know, anything that can be traded can be fairly traded and gold is no exception. It’s all up to the will of people like you and me to make sure that ‘they’ put FairTrade at the heart of production.  So here goes.

GOLD PRODUCT SNAPSHOT

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Find out more about FairTrade gold.

And over to you… show me that all the glitters is FairTrade gold.

If you want to read more about FairTrade Fiction you can buy FairTrade Fiction Volume 1 as an ebook for Kindle or Epub or as a paperback just click the appropriate highlight. (The ebook is at the specially reduced price of 99p for the Festival and the paperback is cost price at £2.99)

FRUIT

Nice bit of citrus fruit for the weekend? Bananas are not, as they say, the only fruit. And oranges are not the only fruit that can be used as the title for fiction… so off you go… give it your best shot.

 FRESH FRUIT PRODUCT SNAPSHOT

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Citrus fruits in South Africa video

READING

Impacts of fair trade in south Africa

Don’t forget it’s your fiction we want to read… just copy/paste into the comments box below.

If you want to read more about FairTrade Fiction you can buy FairTrade Fiction Volume 1 as an ebook for Kindle or Epub or as a paperback just click the appropriate highlight. (The ebook is at the specially reduced price of 99p for the Festival and the paperback is cost price at £2.99)