Short stories about living in the Byron Shire hinterland

Federal author Susanna Freymark needs to raise $1,800 by January 13 so she can publish a book of short stories about living in the hinterland of Byron Shire.

This is her first crowdfunding project and is named after a stop sign in the village of Federal scrawled with the graffiti, Fricken Stop Gossiping.

Already the project has attracted 28 backers who have pledged between $10 and $100 each and raised a total of $1070.

"This is a small project with a big heart," Freymark said.

"Telling our stories about who we are becomes a powerful narrative that brings the village together."

Coorabell author Kate Veitch has contributed Across the Valley, a story about the financial hardships of living in the area. Freymark's story Big Rain will feature. Her story was judged by author Robert Drewe as a winner in the Northern River Writers' Centre short story slam.

The project has attracted backers not only from Federal but from Sydney and other cities.

"This isn't just about one village, this project could be crowdfunded and replicated for any village," Freymark said.

The book will be sold at the Federal General Store with all profits going to Federal Park.

To view the project go to and submit stories to be considered in the anthology via email to