From October 2015 to December 2017, I acted as the Publication Manager for the SOAS Sylheti Project, overseeing the publication of fuaTae sillaito bag aise (aro duiTa kicca siloTi bashae, or The Boy Who Cried Tiger (and two other stories told in the Sylheti language). As publication manager I organized a team of colleagues to raise funds for the book, hire an illustrator and printer, and shepherd the book from conception to final edits with the help of our Sylheti consultants. I was also responsible for designing and typesetting the book, along with my colleague Daniel Vincent.
Originally recorded during elicitation sessions, the three stories in The Boy Who Cried Tiger were written and edited by our main consultants, Faruk Miah and Farhana Ferdous, with the help of E. Marie Thaut, who also acted as editor. Illustrations were by the wonderful Bristol-based artist Freya Hartas.
Funds for the book were obtained via a very successful crowdfunding campaign via Hubbub, and through a successful bid for Student Union funds. We printed 250 high-quality copies (lithograph printing, sewn limp binding) through Gomer Press, a printer well-versed in printing minority-language books, as they are based in Wales! Most copies went to members of the Sylheti-speaking community in London, and it can be found in libraries throughout the city.