A guest blog from Mary Corcoran – Dubliner, Joycean, vintage bibliophile, Council member of the D H Lawrence Society
I am still trying to relax after the nail-biting excitement of the Bees Make Honey crowdfunder for The Dust on the Moth book project, where the pledge target of £5000 was reached and then surpassed at lightning speed on the last 23hr run to the finish line.
The final scramble to share the project ‘out there’ through social media is a true testament to the success of crowdfunding and the ‘power of the people’.
As a backer of the project, through my small pledge to buy a ‘book package’, I have played a mere functional part towards this group of creatives’ dream of reaching their goal. And yet how amazing does it feel to be part of something so active, so creative – it is almost tangible.
With the target reached, the onus is now on the producers to make it happen. I have already been told that my ‘package’ will be ‘made real’ Nov 2015….
“When I buy a physical book, I am buying an experience. When I read a book, I am diving into the story and the world around this story, the very minute I open the physical page.”
When I buy a physical book, I am buying an experience. When I read a book, I am diving into the story and the world around this story, the very minute I open the physical page. It is like travelling on a train, with wonderful scenery to look at, as and when I wish. One can feel the motion of the train against your body and appreciate the distance you are doing, but you have the visual stimulation alongside this. For many years, the relationship between the printed matter inside a book is so intrinsically linked to the front cover image. I usually find myself pausing often when I read a book, to look at the cover, the design, the message, always questioning the choice of artist or print, digging into the reasons…..I enjoy this passive moment as a breather from the printed word to stimulate the other senses. In this digital age, which I also support, this action of ‘reading, pausing, thinking’ is often lost.
The Dust on the Moth project not only celebrates and preserves this delicate, subtle action of ‘experiencing’ literature – it takes on whole new dimensions that will make the experience a complete, fantastic escape. We will be presented with not only one front cover image to ponder on, we will have many regular offerings, through print, photography, mixed media…. so many pauses to appreciate the written word. And throughout, the final dimension , that for me, will be very new addition to the journey of a book – sound. The book will be embellished with music, sounds, with a CD that accompanies the printed matter.
I feel proud that a further dimension can be added to this mix – the knowledge that others, also keen to make this project happen will be experiencing the book as I will, as a collective. An impactive, purposeful group of linked strangers, reading and ‘feeling’ together in part fantasy, part reality of the whole project.
I am now happy to wait for the moment that the physical version of this virtual promise arrives and is placed in my hands.
Emotive, evocative, relevant. If this 5D taster is the future of writing, I’m excited.