‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’: new UKYA anthology featuring Holly Bourne and Sarah Crossan in support of Crisis

Christmas just got a whole lot better – and it’s not even March yet. Little Tiger imprint, Stripes, has just announced the publication of an anthology named ‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’, filled with stories from our fave YA authors, such as Holly Bourne, Sarah Crossan and Lisa Williamson.

The book will centre around the theme of “home”, in support of Crisis, a charity which is dedicated to ending homelessness. At least £1 from the sale of each book will be donated, and on top of that, Stripes has already promised to give at least £10,000.


Holly Bourne, author of ‘How Hard Can Love Be?’ said, “I worked at the charity Youthnet for five years, and saw daily how so many young people face homelessness. Not every teenager has parents and homes that will always be there for them. The security of home is something so many of us take for granted. But as well as being for a worthy cause, I believe this anthology will be a darned good read too!”

Lisa“The vast majority of us take the concept of home for granted, especially at Christmas time, but for so many young people across the UK this is not an option,” said Lisa Williamson, author of ‘The Art of Being Normal’.

Juno Dawson has also been involved, commenting on the seriousness of the size of this problem, ‘Youth homelessness is massive issue and it’s on the rise with rents spiraling out of control – and that’s just the cases we know about. There were times I had to sleep on my friends’ sofas and I was never a homelessness statistic.”

One of the writers featured in this book includes a currently unpublished author – and it could be you! Stripes has decided to launch a competition in order to discover new talent, asking entrants to submit an original short story on the theme of ‘home at Christmas’. Stripes has launched a competition  to discover new talent. Entrants are asked to submit an original short story on the theme of ‘home at Christmas’. Closing April 2016, you can find all the details of how to enter here.

UPDATE: Sarah Crossan, author of ‘One’, said, “I’m delighted and honoured to be a part of this wonderful project which will not only bring a wealth of writers together but raise money for a great cause. Anyone, given a set of unfortunate circumstances, could end up homeless, and a charity that seeks to end homelessness is one I would fight to support.”

UPDATE: Non Pratt commented, “Young adults are the people with the most open minds and the energy to make a difference to their lives and that of others – an anthology of stories from a wide-range of today’s UKYA authors is a great way to spark that fire and raise money and awareness for the work that Crisis do and I’m honoured to be a part of it.”

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