I am so proud and delighted to be one of the authors taking part in this anthology.  In April last year I had an idea to create a special collection of stories about what people thought about being themselves. I put out an invite to authors  to take part and they climbed on board with gusto. The result of this is the book you see detailed here. All sales proceeds go directly to the charity.

16 stories by 15 talented writers to wet your reading appetite this Christmas.  Stories  about people who feel they are different for any reason. They are bullied, gay, transgender, straight, have weight issues, handicapped, rejected. In all these stories something sets them apart from the usual ‘societal norms’ of acceptance which leads to conflict and angst.

These stories are about people who’ve embraced their differences and own it. ALL story content is suitable for a YA audience. Stories by Louisa Mae, Maggie Chatterton, Melissa Costa, Jack L. Pyke, Jo Tannah, Lynn Michaels, Susan Mac Nicol, Lane Swift, Louis J Harris, Alex Jane, Dilo Keith, Duncan Swallow, Jane Stemp, Viva Gold and Fiona Glass.

Various characters are explored; the bullied, handicapped folk, people of colour, even an alien, and futuristic caste systems. These are stories that explore the emotional growth of troubled young men and women all with differences. They are mostly HEA, with characters going through change to celebrate their differences.

The Being Me Campaign presents well written stories by authors who write with passion and guts. Authors not afraid to delve into the sometimes murky and dark world of characters who find it difficult to accept themselves. Authors who delight in taking their readers on a journey fraught with insecurities and flawed characters who eventually come into the light.

Each writer fulfils a silent promise to the reader; that by the time their story ends, the character/s will have changed, and that is the essence of every great story.

Sixteen stories from gifted authors take Being Me to a higher level. If one of these stories helps another person overcome his/her burden, then this anthology will have helped in some way to dispel the myths surrounding our own psyche; because who we are now, is just a small step towards who we can be in the future.

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About The Being Me Campaign Charity

In 2015, two individuals from very different backgrounds felt more could be done to create a world free from bullying, discrimination and prejudice. They wanted to see a world that empowered, celebrated and encouraged everyone to be proud of who they are and their differences.

The duo decided they needed to be the change they wanted to see in the world, so they decided to create an inclusive organisation that encouraged, empowered and inspired individuals of all ages to embrace and celebrate who they are. They also felt it was extremely important to challenge all forms of bullying, discrimination, prejudice and encourage individuals to respect, accept and celebrate others for who they are.

This unlikely duo, Kieran Stanbridge and Tracy Shayler, set about achieving their vision and in October 2015 the Being Me Campaign was born.

Many individuals across the UK feel isolated and alone on a daily basis because of their differences. 84% of young people and 80% of adults have or are suffering from bullying, discrimination or prejudice for simply being who they are. The Being Me Campaign is innovative in their approach to addressing these social issues; they are one of the only charities that does not focus on one specific area. As individuals, the Campaign is made up of many differences, and believe it’s important to have conversations together.

We are all human; we all deserve the same respect, kindness and equality. As a charity, the Being Me Campaign has an open-door policy, so people from all backgrounds and differences may come together to learn about one another, because far more unites us than divides us.

Through their diverse work as a charity, including public campaigns, workshops, online support and much more, they Campaign has fast become one of the leading and innovative charities promoting equality, acceptance and self-love.

The Being Me Campaign Objectives

To create an open, educated and accepting world which embraces, loves, and respects each person for the amazing individual they are.

To inspire, empower and give individuals of all ages the skills they need to increase their self-esteem, self-love and confidence.

To ensure everyone knows that it’s ok to be who you are; we should celebrate our differences not suppress them.

To give everyone a voice and platform to share their personal journey to inspire others to embrace their differences.

To create a world free from all forms of bullying, discrimination and prejudice.

Support the Being Me Campaign

Registered Charity 1167614.

Be inspired by our amazing supporters and see why they’re supporting our charity. Everyone has a story to tell and advice to give!

BECOME A BEING ME SCHOOL CHAMPION

A Being Me School Champion is a student who advocates, empowers, encourages and inspires others to be proud of who they are and their differences. They run campaigns to promote equality, acceptance, respect and inclusion to ensure no one in their school community is ever isolated, bullied, discriminated against or subject to prejudice for being who they are. Their work increases student’s self-esteem, self-love, confidence and creates an environment which welcomes and embraces everyone for the unique individual they are.

Donations are welcome.

Website:

http://www.beingmecampaign.com

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