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Rife: Twenty Stories from Britain’s Youth

A book of essays by writers under 24, edited by Nikesh Shukla

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The Synopsis

The country is messed up and our future is looking gloomy. We, Britain’s young people, have to live with the repercussions of what the oldies have done --- we didn’t vote for Brexit, we didn’t vote in Theresa May, and you know what? We’re sick of being talked about instead of talked to. So here’s our book. Written for you by us. You’re welcome.
 If you think that’s all a bit in your face, you should know that it’s never been harder to be young, so it’s no wonder we’re angry. One in four people under 25 will be affected by mental illness. 52% of all people under 25 have looked for advice on homelessness. As university fees rise, job opportunities dry up and houses get more expensive, we are facing an ever-expanding chasm of doubt, instability and, basically, buckling down for a really, really rough time for the rest of our lives.

The voice of this generation is noticeably absent from mainstream media, online comment pieces and from news reports. Oi, editors! What are you so scared of? Why aren’t you commissioning us?

As usual, it looks like it’s up to us to commission ourselves.

Curated by author and editor of The Good Immigrant, Nikesh Shukla and journalist/Rife alumna Sammy Jones, Rife: 20 Stories From Britain's Youth collects twenty young people’s essays about money, mental health, sex, gender, equality, education, crime and the future.

The writers, all under 24 and selected from all over the UK, include Ella Marshall, Liv Little, Amber Kirk-Ford, Rosalind Jana, Ailsa Fineron and many more. Some have been chosen from Rife Magazine, Bristol’s youth magazine for 13-19 year olds, mentored by Nikesh and produced by Watershed, and some have been chosen for their outstanding contributions to a spectrum of crucial conversations.

What they all have in common are their essential insights into what it means to be young in Britain right now. Against the apocalyptic backdrop 2016 has provided us with, our stories prove we are still full of ideas and aspirations. And maybe they’ll fill you with hope too.

If you’re under 24, with an interesting story to tell, get in touch with editor@rifemagazine.co.uk - we have plenty of room for writers new to us with important stories to tell!

The Author

Nikesh Shukla is the editor of Rife Magazine, an online magazine for young people, and the author of the novels Coconut Unlimited (Quartet), which was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, and Meatspace (Friday Project). He is the editor of the acclaimed collection of essays about race and immigration by 21 writers of colour, The Good Immigrant (Unbound), which was shortlisted for the Liberty Human Rights Arts Award and won the Reader's Choice at the Books Are My Bag Awards.

Sammy Jones is a writer based in Bristol. Now freelance, her most recent role was at Crack Magazine as the music and culture magazine’s Junior Digital Editor. She still regularly contributes reviews and features. She completed her tenure at Rife as part of the second intake and has enjoyed being involved in Rife’s projects ever since. Her recent projects include contributing copy to a blue chip brand’s website redesign and creating a zine about Welsh shame in response to Brexit.

Rife is a Watershed project, made by young people for young people. Rife Magazine and Guide are supported by Bristol Youth Links in partnership with Bristol City Council.

Questions & Answers

Do you have a date for book launch party and also a location ?

Nikesh Shukla Nikesh Shukla replied:

It's all TBC and dependent on getting to 100% funding. Then we'll set the release date of the book and launch accordingly.

Abby Harrison Abby Harrison asked:

I am in dude, but why do we wanna look in Nikesh's shed? Is that where the dosas are?

Nikesh Shukla Nikesh Shukla replied:

HAHAHAHAHAHA! The dosa are in the hut, the dosa hut. :o)

Andrew Shead Andrew Shead asked:

(1) I have long been baffled as to how any young person gets started in life in Britain today, so I'm interested in getting the story from those who eke an existence where the cost of living is eye-wateringly expensive.
(2) Paperback is fine, but a hardback would be better. Why no hardback?
(3) Why does your video need English sub-titles? Even a geriatric old-fart like me could understand you, so it seems a bit patronising.

Nikesh Shukla Nikesh Shukla replied:

1) Us too. So excited for these guys to tell their stories.
2) We wanted to ensure we get a good amount of young readers and paperback is just more accessible and cost effective as we want to offer a discount to under 24s.
3) It's for accessibility, for people who are hearing impaired. :o)

The Rewards

All supporters get their name printed in every edition of the book. All levels include immediate access to the author's shed.

$15
Digital
A digital ebook version, and your name in the back of the book.
📖 Pledge $15 37 pledges
$15
Paperback (under 24s)
A paperback edition (special discount for under 24s), ebook, and your name in the back of the book.
📖 Pledge $15 56 pledges
$20
Paperback
Paperback edition, ebook and your name in the back of the book.
📖 Pledge $20 171 pledges
$35
Signed Paperback
A paperback edition signed by all the contributors, plus the ebook version, and your name in the back of the book.
📖 Pledge $35 76 pledges
$125
Launch Party
2 X tickets to the book launch party, plus the paperback, ebook and your name in the back of the book.
📖 Pledge $125 15 pledges
$190
Book Club Visit
A small book club with 1 or more members of Rife team, plus the paperback, ebook and your name in the back of the book.
$315
Book Club Visit (large)
A large book club with 1 or more members of Rife team, plus the paperback, ebook and your name in the back of the book.
📖 Pledge $315 1 pledge
$1,250
Superfriends
Be listed in a special section at the top of the supporters list at the back of the book, plus a signed paperback, ebook and your name in the back of the book. (only 5 available)
$6,250
Patron
Your name or organisation printed in the front of the book, thanking you for your contribution, plus a signed paperback, ebook and your name in the back of the book. (only 3 available)
$9,375
Youth Consultancy
One day’s youth consultancy with five young people for your brand, plus the ebook, signed paperback and your name in the back of the book.