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"HOPE" CHARITY ALBUM RELEASE

Sophie Lancaster was tragically killed in August 2007 because she looked "different" and the Sophie Lancaster Foundation are working to bring about change, through workshops in schools and a campaign for an amendment to the UK Hate Crimes laws. A compilation album, "Hope", has been released on 22nd May 2010, co-inciding with World Goth Day, featuring tracks from New Model Army and Joolz to raise money for the charity Sophie Lancaster Foundation. All the artists featured have given their music for free, with some songs being written especially for the album.

“Hope” has been put together as a download only release with the sole intention of raising the maximum amount of money possible, with 100% of the price paid going directly to the charity.

Tracklist:
Joolz - The Prophet of Calgary
Andi Sex Gang - Salamun Child
Autumn Cannibals - Monument to Shame *
Gene Loves Jezebel - Who Wants To Go To Heaven?
The Eden House - All My Love
Collide - Euphoria
Alien Sex Fiend - Gotta Have It (Sliced and Diced mix)
Andi Sex Gang & Marc Almond - The Hungry Years
UK Decay - Battle of the Elements (club mix) **
The Last Dance - Cages
Anne Marie Hurst - I Have Changed **
New Model Army - Dawn
The Mission - She's Gone Away **
Uninvited Guest - Death of an Angel *
Faith and the Muse - To Be Continued

*   = Tracks written especially for the campaign
** = Previously unreleased (at the time of this release)

The website is: HERE

 NEVER AGAIN

"My name is Allyson Bird and in response to the terrible crime that happened to Sophie Lancaster and indeed to hate crimes and racism in general we have asked 23 writers of weird fiction to contribute to this anthology. All proceeds from this book will go to The Sophie Lancaster Foundation (agreed with Sylvia), Amnesty International and P.E.N. (International organisation to promote literature and human rights, encouraging translation and campaigning against political censorship)."

Never Again is an attempt to voice the collective revulsion of writers in the weird fiction genre against political attitudes that stifle compassion and deny our collective human inheritance. The imagination is crucial to an understanding both of human diversity and of common ground. Weird fiction is often stigmatised as a reactionary and ignorant genre - we know better. The anthology will be published by Gray Friar Press in September 2010, and edited by Allyson Bird and Joel Lane.

It will be a mixture of original stories and reprints from Ramsey Campbell, Lisa Tuttle and Joe R. Lansdale amongst others. Never Again is a non-profit initiative aimed at promoting awareness of these issues among readers and writers of weird fiction. The editors, authors/artist and publisher will receive no fees for this work. Any profits made from sales will be donated to anti-racist or human rights organizations, e.g. The Sophie Lancaster Foundation.

 Website HERE