Shamrocks & Oil Slicks

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Raised by 15 people in 2 months
Fred A. Wilcox  ITHACA, NY
I am a professional writer, author of Waiting for an Army to Die: The Tragedy of Agent Orange; Scorched Earth: Legacies of Chemical Warfare in Vietnam; and other works of nonfiction and fiction. Currently working on Shamrocks & Oil Slicks: A People's Uprising in County Mayo, Ireland. I have been to County Mayo once to interview people, and need to return for an extended period of time to work on this book. I have a book contract, but no advance money. My request would cover travel to and from Ireland, lodging in a hostel, transportation in Ireland, and food.
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Posted by Fred Wilcox
2 months ago
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Shamrocks and Oil Slicks: A People's Uprising in County Mayo, Ireland, will tell the story of courageous people--farmers, fishermen, school teachers--who fought Shell Oil's plans to build an experimental refinery and dangerous pipeline within their spectacularly beautiful rural region. Police attacked nonviolent resisters, judges sent them to prison, and mercenaries tried to kill them. They refused to give up their struggle to keep their environment from being poisoned, polluted, and ultimately destroyed. The resistance lasted thirteen years.

I have signed a contract with Monthly Review Press, and will return to County Mayo to research and write
Shamrocks and Oil Slicks. This book is more than a chronicle of remarkable men and women in Northwest Ireland. It is about the struggles people are waging throughout the world to protect, to save, rivers, forests, oceans, animals, and human communities.

I am a professional writer. In 1983, Waiting for an Army to Die: The Tragedy of Agent Orange, broke the story on the use of chemical warfare in Vietnam. I'm also the author of Scorched Earth: Legacies of Chemical Warfare in Vietnam, and other works.

Thanks very much for your help.
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Posted by Fred Wilcox
2 months ago
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I am conducting research daily--books, articles, tapes, in order to carry a well designed layout for writing Shamrocks and Oil Slicks. Also listening to and transcribing tapes from interviews I conducted with farmers, fishermen, teachers, construction workers, and others in County Mayo, Ireland.
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$1,047 of $15k goal

Raised by 15 people in 2 months
Created January 14, 2017
Fred A. Wilcox  
$10
Bridget Meeds
1 month ago

Good luck with the book, Fred!

TK
$40
Tom Kerr
1 month ago

This is a timely book for all of us seeking to resist "overwhelming" economic power and propaganda.

CA
$25
Carol R Anderson
1 month ago

You bring integrity and the persistence of a dog on a bone to everything you do, Fred; happy to support this.

DD
$27
Daryl Denning
2 months ago
KM
$150
Ken McClane
2 months ago
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Good luck, Fred.

EH
$100
Edward Hower
2 months ago

Good luck, Fred. It will be an important book, like all your book.

$50
Maura Stephens
2 months ago
$50
Anonymous
2 months ago
RG
$100
Rebecca Golding
2 months ago

This is exciting Fred! Good luck-Rebecca Golding

$100
Jim Murphy
2 months ago

My DNA has the Carney gene in it from County Mayo.... a little while back (1790's)

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