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[p]This page has been reopened to accept donations from authors submitting short fiction or poetry for consideration for a new anthology inspired by King Richard III, entitled 'Right Trusty and Well Beloved...', to be sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK). The deadline for submission of entries is 19 May 2019 and a suggested donation is £2.50 per entry. Thank you! [/p][p]Full details can be found at my blog at: https://alexmarchantblog.wordpress.com/2019/02/24/call-for-submissions-to-new-richardiii-anthology/[/p][p]Below is the story of the initial spark for the first anthology, 'Grant Me the Carving of My Name' - the original sale of the short story 'The Beast of Middleham Moor', which was eventually published, along with fourteen other short stories by a dozen international authors, in the anthology. [/p][p]'Grant Me the Carving...' took its title from the poem 'Richard', written by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy and read by actor Benedict Cumberbatch at the king's reburial in March 2015. The anthology was published with a Foreword by bestselling author Philippa Gregory in November 2018 and can be bought from Alex at the details below or from Amazon in ebook or paperback (all proceeds to SAUK): [url=http://mybook.to/GrantMetheCarving]mybook.to/GrantMetheCarving[/url].[/p][p]The original story:[/p][p]Five years ago, on 4 February 2013, came the news that many had been waiting for - that the grave discovered in Greyfriars, Leicester in August 2012 was indeed 'beyond reasonable doubt', that of King Richard III. [/p][p]The announcement inspired me to write two (so far) children's books about the real Richard III (starting with 'The Order of the White Boar') and also a short ghost story, 'The Beast of Middleham Moor' - set in the countryside around King Richard's primary home in Wensleydale, Yorkshire. Jack, a local boy in the twenty-first century, bullied at school, flees from the school bus and takes a short cut across the moor as a snowstorm looms, despite fearing the local legend of 'the Beast'...[/p][p]One of the many things revealed by the discovery of King Richard's grave was that, contrary to the lies written by the Tudors, he had scoliosis, a lateral curvature of the spine, not kyphosis, or a 'hunchback'. As many are aware today, his scoliosis would not have been noticeable to people who saw him clothed - far from the picture presented by his enemies in later years. Who, after all, can say they could see Usain Bolt's scoliosis when he competed?[/p][p]So as a small celebration of the fifth anniversary of the announcement which excited the world, I will send a pdf of the story 'The Beast of Middleham Moor' to anyone who makes a donation to the Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK.org.uk) via this page (minimum £1 please) and contacts me with their email so that I can send it to them. [/p][p]Please message me via my Facebook author page - Alex Marchant Author - or the email details on my blog - AlexMarchantAuthor.wordpress.com - or via Twitter - @AlexMarchant84. Please make sure your name with your donation matches the name with which you message me (or let me know in the message if it differs).[/p][p]Details of 'The Order of the White Boar' can be found at [url=http://mybook.to/WhiteBoar]myBook.to/WhiteBoar[/url] (5* reviews).[/p][p][br][/p]