South London Festivals with Arachne Press

Early summer is the time for festivals in South London, and this year Arachne Press has pulled out all the stops to hit as many as we can.

We are once again taking part in the lovely Hither Green Festival (they ask us, this is so rare, and so good for the ego!)

Saturday May 18th 7pm at one of our favourite venues,

Manor House Library, on  Old Road SE13 5SY

FREE Readings of stories and poems based in the past – from the 17th to the 20th Century – life stories and imagined lives, followed by a fairly short discussion about writing from history – what inspired the piece, what research was needed, how was the story shaped by the facts and which got in the way – that sort of thing.

Poetry: Kate Foley and Math Jones

Short Stories Joan Taylor-Rowan,  Rebecca Skipwith, Katy Darby

Cherry Potts will read from her novel in progress.

We are involved in BrockleyMAX Festival again this year, with stories and poetry in a brewery…

Wednesday 5th June 7pm

We will be at the lovely Brockley Brewery, 31 Harcourt Road London SE4 2AJ

for NOON 

FREE Readings of poetry and short stories on the theme of Noon from the Solstice Shorts Anthology of the same name.

Everyone thinks of noon as being a split second as the clock’s hands draw together, the bell tolls twelve times – but there is so much more to it than that.

with Stuart McKenzie, Michelle Penn, Laila Sumpton, Marika Joseph, Liam Hogan, reading their own work and possibly that of others featured in the book.

10am on Saturday 15th June (Flash Fiction Day) we are joining Greenwich Book Festival for the first time, when editors Rosamund Davies, Cherry Potts and Kam Rehal will be doing a pre-publication panel discussion on Story Cities at Room KW003 King William Court Greenwich University Old Naval College Park Row Greenwich SE10 9LS. We are assuming you will need at ticket, but they aren’t on the festival website yet.

 

Three launch events for An Outbreak of Peace

Join Arachne Press to celebrate our latest book

An Outbreak of Peace

 

LONDON! Housmans 14th November

The official publication date for this anthology of new short stories and poems in response to the end of WWI, An Outbreak of Peace is the 8th November, but we are having the launch party on

Wednesday 14th, at Housmans radical bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, N1 9DX,

with readings from Clare Owen, CB Droege, Katy Darby, Chantal Heaven (fiction);

Karen Ankers, Valerie Bence, Peter Kenny, Sarah Tait (poetry).

There will also be a poppy-seed cake, and other, liquid, refreshments.

£3 on the door, redeemable against purchase of the book. (let us know you are coming cherry@arachnepress.com)

 

MANCHESTER! Blackwells 30th November

As our authors are spread all over the globe, we are trying to give as many of them as possible an opportunity to celebrate the launch in person. We can’t afford to jaunt off to the US and Australia, or even Germany or France, but we can manage Manchester!

Northern fans of poetry and short fiction are invited to join us at Blackwells, Manchester. Near Arthur Lewis Building, The University of Manchester Bridgeford Street, M13 9PL

on 30th November at 6.30pm

There will be readings from

Rebecca SkipwithLily Peters, (fiction)

Ness Owen, Sarah Tait, Mantz Yorke, and Valerie Bence, (poetry)

and cake and liquid refreshment.

Tickets are free. https://bit.ly/2CQcuVT

 

And finally, for now, a reading by Clare Owen of her story from the collection, The Cormorant, at Lost in Books, Quay Street, Lostwithiel, PL22 0BS on 16th November 2018 6pm
If you can’t make it to ANY of the launches, you can order a copy direct from us at our web shop (post free in UK!)

Launching We/She

Arachne Press are excited to be launching We/She on 16th August at 6.45pm

Blackwells, 50 High Holborn London WC1V 6EP

We/She is their latest Liars’ League collaboration and the second of their #WomenVote100 tributes – although there isn’t a suffragette in sight. Instead they play around with traditional ideas about women, and turn a few (actually, a lot of) myths on their heads. Expect dragons, mermaids, ‘dead wives’, mediums, mothers… and Elvis.
It’s free and there will be readings and refreshments, and, obviously, signed books to buy.

Authors Reading… Joanne LM Williams, Arike Oke, Carolyn Eden, Katy Darby,

Ilora Choudhury, Fiona Salter, Elizabeth Stott, Rosalind Stopps

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Other authors are attending, so there will be lots of people to sign a copy of the book for you.

The launch coincides with the 39th anniversary of the death of Elvis… what has that to do with a book of stories by women, you ask… come along and find out!
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Women and SF/Fantasy for Hither Green Festival

Friday May 18th at 7pm
Meet Arachne Press author-editors Cherry Potts and Katy Darby for a chat about Science Fiction and Fantasy written by women, and their own writing.
Cherry and Katy have both published short stories in these genres, and edited forthcoming We/She, an Arachne/Liars’ League all women collaboration which features a sinister carpet, two dragons, a mermaid, sentient dolls and fictional dead women coming back to haunt their creator.
The evening will include readings and an opportunity to buy books and ask questions (PLEASE ask questions!), and Katy and Cherry will talk about their favourite women SF/F writers and what got them started on writing speculative fiction.


Manor House Library
34 Old Road
SE13 5SY
as part of the Hither Green Festival

FREE

Dusk: A Wave of Words across the UK

Originating in Greenwich, on the Prime Meridian, and now in its 4th year, The Solstice Shorts Festival  is  going nationwide.

The theme this year is Dusk, that time between day and night when everything changes.

On 21st December we have twelve sites across the UK all reading/singing different material (chosen by Arachne Press, read by actors/ sung by musicians) starting in Ellon, Aberdeenshire and ending In Redruth, Cornwall, taking in key spots in between.

All events BSL Interpreted

Grab Tickets for an event near you: generally by donation, suggested £3, but there are exceptions where this is part of a bigger event.

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or follow the live stream on Facebook.

The stories and poems have been chosen, and the music is either traditional or original.

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Ellon* 1707 1754 48
Inverness 1715 1802 47
Greenwich 1716 1757 41
Nottingham 1717 1759 42
Carlisle 1718 1802 44
Rossendale 1719 1802 43
Lancaster 1720 1803 43
Birmingham 1721 1803 42
Bristol 1727 1807 40
Anglesey (Holyhead) 1730 1812 42
Warkleigh 1733 1814 41
Redruth 1740 1820 40

*Ellon is starting music at 16:28 the actual moment of Solstice, readings will start at 17.07
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The book of the event will be published on 21st June 2018, but will be available in February to people who come to the event and pre-order.

 

 

Call Out : Solstice Shorts Festival: Dusk

Arachne Press are on the hunt for NEW short stories, poems (and songs) on the theme of DUSK for this year’s Solstice Shorts Festival. (Previously published also welcome but won’t be included in the book- see below)

These will be performed by actors at one of 12 sites across the UK as Dusk falls on 21st December, the winter solstice and shortest day of the year.

Starting in Ellon (Aberdeenshire) at 17:07, moving through Inverness, Carlisle, Lancaster, Rossendale (Lancashire), Holyhead (Anglesey), Birmingham, Nottingham, Greenwich, Bristol, Barnstaple (Devon), and finishing in Redruth (Cornwall) at 18:20, each site will perform for approximately 45 minutes and we aim to have a live video feed so that at some point we will all be speaking at once and in the ether there will be a murmuration of voices, like starlings at dusk.

Selected work will subsequently be published in an anthology which will pay royalties. (We will try mightily to get the book out for the festival but there may not be sufficient time).

Deadline 5th November, but time is very tight so we’d appreciate it if people get their submissions in EARLY!

lots more info on Submittable https://arachnepress.submittable.com/submit

If you know any song writers, particularly if they are local to any of the sites, or poets (anywhere in UK) please pass it on!

 

Arachne Press celebrates 5 years of short stories and more #Arachne5

Arachne Press are celebrating and you are invited to…

the FREE 5th Anniversary Party
Friday 8th September 2017 6.30-9.30pm
Manor House Library
34 Old Road
SE13 5SY
Free tickets for the party: eventbrite

Readings of Poetry & Stories from Sarah Lawson, Carolyn Eden Liam Hogan, Cherry Potts, Katy Darby, Kate Foley, Jeremy Dixon, Ghillian Potts, Nichol Wilmor

and Live Music from Ian Kennedy & Sarah Lloyd and Summer All Year Long

Refreshments Available for a Modest Donation, Books on Sale – special offers

PLUS

We will be Touring a Retrospective Selection of Stories & Poems until December 2017, starting at Archway With Words festival on 27th September at Archway Library.
If you would like to invite us to your bookshop, library, festival, live lit night, college, or school, get in touch

Special Offers on Books bought direct from our website (our first 5 Short Story titles at £5 each, plus other reductions)

Free Books available to Libraries and book charities (our first 5 titles available free to bona fide libraries and book charities – you just pay for delivery get in touch)

A three-year plan of new publications including new poetry collections from Jeremy Dixon, Kate Foley, Cathy Bryant

The remaining YA titles of the Brook Storyteller series from Ghillian Potts

A women only anthology in collaboration with Liars League to celebrate the anniversary of women getting the vote.
An anthology to commemorate the ending of WWI, provisionally entitled An Outbreak of Peace.
a Story Sessions anthology – stories and poems by people who have taken part in Story Sessions who we haven’t already published.
Possibles
A 5 poet anthology – exact inclusions to be confirmed, but people we have only so far published in anthologies
A 5 author story anthology – exact inclusions to be confirmed, but people we have only so far published in anthologies
Plus others including novels, still in consideration.
And the next 3 Solstice Shorts Festivals will be: Dusk 21st December 2017, Dawn 21st December 2018 and Time & Tide 21st December 2019 (this one will be all day as it falls at the weekend), so lots more short story opportunities to contribute to or come along and enjoy.

Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed Book Tour

Arachne Press is delighted to announce that Liam Hogan‘s collection of eerie, darkly unsettling and frequently funny fantasy stories, Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed (0ut 6th April) is going on tour.

Deliciously Twisted

Liam will be reading at:

Thursday 06/04/2017 London launch Stoke Newington with Carrie Cohen reading some of the stories by invitation – get in touch and we’ll invite you!
Wednesday 12/04/2017 7pm for 7.30pm Basildon Library The Basildon Centre, St. Martin’s Square, Basildon, SS14 1EE (free)
Thursday 20/4/17 6pm North Kensington Library, 108 Ladbroke Grove, W11 1PZ with Louisa Gummer reading one of the stories. (free)
Tuesday 25/04/2017 7pm Lewisham Library, Lewisham High Street, SE13 6LG with Carrie Cohen reading one of the stories (free)
Wednesday 26/04/2017 7.30 Burley Fisher bookshop, 400 Kingsland Road, Hoxton, E8 4AA with Carrie Cohen reading one of the stories (free)
Friday  28/04/2017 7.30  Albion Beatnik Walton Street, Oxford, OX2 6AA (£2 on the door)
Wednesday 03/05/17 Teashop Tales Queenswood Cafe, Queens Wood Lodge, 42 Muswell Hill Road, London, N10 3JP (£5 on the door)
Thursday  04/05/2017 8pm West Greenwich Library, Greenwich High Road, SE10 8NN with Lisa Rose reading one of the stories (free)
Wednesday  17/05/2017 7pm The Story Sessions, Brockley Deli, 14a Brockley Cross, SE4 1BE with Annalie Wilson reading one of the stories. (free)

Other dates still in discussion.

In the realms of fantasy, it is foolish to upset the wee folk. Downright dangerous to incur the curse of a witch. And above all, it is perilous to ignore a warning.

Happy Ending Not Guaranteed
Contains twenty-seven stories of dark fantasy, from chess-playing automatons to smooth-talking Celtic faeries; from the Longitude Act of 1714 to the End of the World (in fractal form). Bad Kings, bad demons, and bad days abound.

There is humour even in darkness. You just have to look harder for it.

Shortest Day, Longest Night

9781909208292Launched at the Solstice Shorts Festival, and now on tour, thanks to an Arts Council grant.

Friday 7.30 06/01/2017 Oxford Albion Beatnik

Poem (and story): Sarah James. Story: Wendy Gill, Pauline Walker, David Mathews, David Steward.
Midnight in an hotel, a strained Sunday lunch, A promise kept, a mother searching space for her daughter, refugees and mice, and a day in the trenches.

Wednesday 7pm 11/01/2017 Lewisham Library
Poems: Lisa Kelly, A J Akoto. Stories: David Steward, Cherry Potts, Liam Hogan
A divided family, midwinter, a day in the trenches, An unwelcome visitor and bringing the sun home.

Sat 3pm 14/01/2017 Essex Wivenhoe Library
Stories: Rosalind Stopps, Cherry Potts, David Steward, Katy Darby, Poem: Lisa Kelly
A bleak time on a station. an unwelcome visitor, a post apocalyptic broadcast , and a divided family.

Tuesday 10/1/2017 St James Wine Vaults 10 St James Street, Bath, BA1 2TW
Combined reading with Liberty Tales. poem: Bernie Howley,  Elinor Brooks, Jeremy Dixon, Jill Sharp;  story: Nick Rawlinson,  Pippa Gladhill, Katy Darby, Cherry Potts

Wednesday 7pm 18/01/2017 Brockley Deli The Story Sessions: Winter Tales
Rosalind Stopps, plus others including YOU?

Saturday 04/02/2017 2pm North Kensington Library
Poems: Bob Beagrie, Lisa Kelly, A J Akoto. Story: Katy Darby, Liam Hogan, Pauline Walker, Cherry Potts
Several takes on midwinter, a divided family, bringing the sun home, an unwelcome visitor, a search across space, an old gods.

Liberty Tales Tour

Cotton Augustus II.106Arachne Press are half way through an Arts Council funded tour, taking Liberty Tales, our Magna Carta inspired anthology of Short Stories and Poems round and about with several London dates, and Oxford and Newcastle already achieved. here’s a sample from the Oxford gig, at Albion Beatnik.

Next up is (appropriately) on Human Rights Day – Saturday 10/12/2016 2pm  North Kensington Library West London
Stories from Carolyn Eden, Jim Cogan, Cassandra Passarelli, Cherry Potts. Poems from Jeremy Dixon. Walking out, being let out, finding a way out, breaking out, coming out.

Tuesday 10/01/2017 7pm Bath The Gallery, St James Wine Vaults (Combined reading with Shortest Day Longest Night)
Poems from Bernie Howley,  Elinor Brooks, Jeremy Dixon, Jill Sharp: passports, religious freedom, coming out, reading in the dark,
stories from Nick Rawlinson,  Pippa Gladhill, Katy Darby,  Cherry Potts, David Mathews: Fish weirs, old gods, and… we’ll see which stories everyone else decides to read…

Wednesday 25/01/2017 Essex Greenstead Library Colchester time to be confirmed
Carolyn Eden, Helen Morris, Jim Cogan, and Sarah Evans read by Carrie Cohen, and David Guy and Jeremy Dixon read by Cliff Chapman.

All events are FREE (of course).

Solstice Shorts Festival

This year the Solstice Shorts Festival, held on 21st December, the shortest day of the year, takes Shortest Day as its theme. As a result all the stories being read are really short – under 1000 words. As with previous years the stories are read by actors, and there is live music. This year however there was a two part call out, and some of the stories are inspired by the music, and vice versa.

We are back on two sites, with free poetry music at Made in Greenwich Gallery 324 Creek Road, Greenwich, SE10 9SW 6-7pm,  and free stories and music at West Greenwich Library Greenwich High Road, Greenwich SE10 8NN 7.30-9.30pm, (with, we hope, a procession led by a choir between the two sites- we have to work out who can cope with singing and walking at the same time!) The main event is followed by a Night Write workshop for writers led by poet Ruth Steadman back at MiGG from 10pm-midnight, £10.

For the musically inclined there is an ‘advent’ event on 26th November 12.45-17.15 St Hilda’s Church Hall, Courtrai Road SE23 1NL to learn folk songs suitable to the season from internationally acclaimed folk singer, community choir leader and all round lovely person, Lester Simpson. £25.

Book tickets for all events here

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Stories from CB Droege, David Mathews, David Steward, Katy Darby, Lee Nash, Liam Hogan, Pippa Gladhill, Polly Hall, Roger Hecht, Rosalind Stopps, Sarah Evans, Sarah James, Tom McKay.

Poems from A.J. Akoto, Frank Rubino, Jill Sharp, Joan Leotta, Karen Bovenmyer, Karina Lutz, Laura Page, Lisa Kelly, Mario Duarte, Marlee Cox, Megan E. Freeman, Pat Tompkins, Scott-Patrick Mitchell, Steph Thompson, Tim Cremin.

Music from Zachary Gvirtzman, Vocal Chords Choir, Sarah Lloyd & Ian Kennedy, Juliet Desailly. Specially written lyrics from Alison Craig, Moira Quinn.

All performances are BSL interpreted.

The Story Sessions want your stories

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Arachne Press are reviving the Story Sessions, we hope permanently! We are settling in to our Brockley Max venue, The Brockley Deli for a few months, with support from the Arts Council, and then we’ll see how it’s going.

The Story Sessions in a live literature event, with themed sessions. We run it like a folk club, so there are headliners, support acts and floor spots*.

We  have a ‘test bed’ section where you can try out a new piece on the audience just before the interval, and get written feedback.
*Floor spots: Flash from the Floor a maximum of 100 words on theme, immediately after the interval. Just turn up with your 100 words and let us know you want to read, or write something in the interval, if inspiration strikes.

We have 4 sessions lined up over the next nine months:

16/11/2016 Freedom Tales deadline 02/11/16

18/01/2017 Winter Tales deadline 04/01/17

15/03/2017 Retelling Tales (Legend and Fable) deadline 01/03/17

17/05/2017 Fantastic Tales (Fantasy) deadline 03/05/17

We are looking for STORIES first and foremost, although we will consider very good poems. We are not interested in non-fiction of any kind.

ABSOLUTE maximum 2000 words, but we are happy with  a lot shorter as it means more people can read.

This can be previously published work as it will not lead to a book, and we encourage authors from London and environs, who have a new book to promote, to offer us something suitable to the theme, but unpublished work also welcome. So if you have something on theme and can come and read it on the day, let’s hear from you. There are a couple of slots available for out-of-towners as we have an actor at each session to take those on, but people like to meet the author so if you can get there all the better.

Apply through our submittable account. Tell us whether you see you piece as potential headline material, or test bed. no need to contact us in advance for Flash from the Floor.

The Story Sessions at Brockley Max

Story Sessions logo copyThe Story Sessions is out of retirement for Brockley Max Festival with 2 events

The Story Sessions: ASYLUM, stories, poems & music on the theme of refuge and safety.Showcasing stories from The Refugees Welcome Anthology, and Human Cargo

28th May 3pm (for a cup of tea and quick write) 3.30 for the main event

Story & Music from Matthew Crampton

Stories from Cherry Potts, Jane Roberts, David Mathews, Oscar Windsor-Smith

Poems from Kate Foley

St Hilda’s Church Courtrai Road SE23 1PL

Join in with 100 words on theme ‘Flash from the Floor’

The Story Sessions: Childhood Tales.

Kate Foley will be headlining with her adoption poems The Don’t Touch Garden, plus stories from Liam Hogan, Helen Morris, Barbara Renel & (we hope) Courttia Newland. 

1st June 7.30pm The Brockley Deli, Brockley Cross SE4 1BE

Join in with 100 words on theme with ‘Flash from the Floor’.

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Solstice Shorts 2015: Longest Night

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After the success of last year’s first ever Solstice Shorts Festival, Arachne Press is doing it again, although in a slightly shorter version.

The Winter Solstice (21st December ) is Short Story Day, and as this year it falls inconveniently on a Monday, we are having our event from 19:00 to 22:30 and have taken Longest Night as our theme, which our writers have interpreted widely.

winter, cold, extreme weather, floods,

night, loss,  danger,  lovers, regret, mourning, strangers, death, space, loneliness

midwinter, hope, ritual,  endings,  thresholds, solstice, renewal, community

but our midwinter is anything but bleak!

Stories  from

Cherry PottsDavid Mathews, David McVey, Frances GapperNeil BrosnanPauline Walker, Sarah EvansWendy Gill.

Poems from

Abigail Beckel, Bob Beagrie,  Sarah James

Read by actors: Patsy PrinceAnnalie WilsonSaul ReichlinLorraine Spenceley

Interspersed with music from

Ian Kennedy & Sarah Lloyd Vocal Chords and Annalie Wilson (yes, the same one).

Join us at West Greenwich Library, Greenwich High Road SE10 8NN

Free! (but donations welcome) Tickets available on EventBrite (which helps us keep track of numbers) or just turn up on the night. Mulled Cider/ apple juice for those who get there while it lasts, so we can Wassail properly.

 

 

 

Liberty Tales – celebrate 800 years of Magna Carta

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Arachne Press bring you a free evening of stories and songs of freedom and choice, to celebrate 800 years of Magna Carta.

7pm Thursday 18th June

West Greenwich Library

Greenwich High Road

London SE10 8NN

With music from Summer All Year Long, and stories from:

Liam Hogan The King’s Computer

Carolyn Eden Promotional Samples of London Town

Jim Cogan Lag

Helen Morris Poppies

Owen Townend Stopped by a Busker

Sarah Evans Bothered

Books for sale, and refreshments available for a donation.

BrockleyMAX festival live lit and writing workshop from Arachne Press

Story Sessions logo copyThe Story Sessions are back – for a guest spot, maybe for good, depending… We are doing two events plus a workshop for BrockleyMAX. The first two are both on Saturday 30th May The Ladywell Gallery, (what used to be Misty Moon) behind The Ladywell Tavern 80 Ladywell Road SE13 7HS

Writing Workshop – Festival

5pm – 7pm Free; accompanied children over 10 welcome
Arachne Press presents a writing workshop on the theme of Festival. Get inspiration from the exhibition of photographs from previous BrockleyMAX festivals and write a new short story or poem, with the option to read it at The Story Sessions event in the evening.
 run by Cherry Potts
Story Sessions: Festival Tales
7.30pm – 9.30pm Free; accompanied children welcome
A live literature event with stories from Joan Taylor-Rowan and David Bausor, poems from Elinor Brooks and Jennifer A McGowan on a festival theme. Circuses, Street parties and more. Join in with Flash from the Floor – your chance to read your own festival piece (max 100 words).
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And finally, on Thursday 4th June at Brockley Deli 14a Brockley Cross, SE4 1BE
The Story Sessions: Feast Tales
8pm – 9pm Free entry; accompanied children 10+ welcome
A free live literature event all about food Stories from Rosalind Stopps, Joan Taylor-Rowan and Jason Jackson, Poems from Jennifer A McGowan and Rob Walton, plus an extract from Devilskein & Dearlove,our Carnegie Nominated young adult novel by Alex Smith – mostly read by our actor friends Peter Noble & Gloria Sanders.
Join us for a story set in a cheese shop, Cranberry Sauce as an excuse for an illicit meeting, trying to win friends with cookies and taking tea with a demon, plus poems about oranges and bay leaves! Order appropriate food to ‘taste-along’.

Arachne workshop and readings at Clerkenwell Lit Fest – Word on the Street

Saturday 9th May  2-3:15 Writing with Your Ears: a workshop hosted by Cherry Potts, author and owner of Arachne Press, exploring how fiction and poetry can be inspired and supported by live music, with live music from multi-instrumentalists and folk singers, Ian Kennedy & Sarah Lloyd, who collaborated with us on the same workshop at Solstice Shorts. Come and discover how your own writing can flourish. Option to perform your story with Arachne Press authors later in the day:

3:30 – 4:30 Readings of London-based stories and poems from Arachne Press authors, Inua Ellams, Dizz Tate, Joan Taylor-Rowan and David Bausor, plus participants in the Writing with Your Ears workshop, with music from Ian Kennedy & Sarah Lloyd.

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London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Rd, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 0HB

readings £5, workshop £10,  combined ticket £12

Solstice Shorts goes west

9781909208230Solstice Shorts Festival, which happened just before Christmas in Greenwich, is on the move. The anthology that came out of the festival, SOLSTICE SHORTS: Sixteen Stories about Time, features stories by the judges and winners of the festival competition and it turns out that there are quite a few of them in the west country…

So we are going to be in Bath on Wednesday 22nd April. 7.30 – 9.00pm at
Oldfield Park Bookshop  43 Moorland Road, Bath, BA2 3PN

Excellent stories. Nice people. Free wine. Come and be entertained by actors Nick Rawlinson (and others) reading from SOLSTICE SHORTS: Sixteen Stories about Time, including competition-winning Bath writers, Pippa Gladhill and David Mathews, and Bristol writer Tannith Perry; plus WIlliam Davidson.

Phone Harry at Oldfield Park bookshop to book a place: 01225 427722 Free

Solstice Shorts Festival approaches

The nights are drawing in and the wind is blowing, perhaps you are thinking about roaring fires and mistletoe? Excellent! because those are the trappings of the SOLSTICE, the ancient new year when the shortest day of the year is celebrated because it means the light is about to return.

So why not celebrate Short Story Day too? The Solstice Shorts Festival is just round the corner – Sunday 21st December. (And yes, the astronomers at the Observatory did tell us that the days either side are technically shorter by something like 8 seconds).

We are reading brand-new short stories on the theme of TIME every half hour from Sunrise to Sunset, starting off in West Greenwich Library, at 8am (with breakfast to entice you out of your beds) until 11:30.

The stories are mainly being read by actors, although the judges of the competition that chose the stories will read their own work as well as hosting part of the day: Anita Sethi in the morning, and Robert Shearman and Imogen Robertson in the afternoon at The Royal Observatory (in Greenwich Park).

All those stories not enough to persuade you? There is also live music and FREE writing workshops.

A relaxing way to spend the last Sunday before Christmas.

Full details of everything that is happening and who is involved in the downloadable programme

and of course you can buy the book-of-the-festival, Solstice Shorts: Sixteen Stories about Time  from us at the library, or from the ROG bookshop, or Greenwich Waterstones on the day. A perfect Christmas Present!

 

Solstice Shorts Short Story Competition Call Out for Short Story Writers.

 

IMG_8826Solstice Shorts Festival is a short story and folk music festival on the theme of TIME, for Short Story Day on the shortest day of the year: 21st December 2014 from sunrise (8.04) to sunset (15.53) on the Greenwich Meridian.

Competition NOW OPEN, Submit  on Submittable

Closing date 31st October 2014.

 

What we are looking for:

Stories (not poems, not memoir, not other kinds of non-fiction – just short fiction)

on the theme of TIME – in any way that the writers choose to interpret it.

Stories must be:
All your own work
Written in English
unpublished in print or on-line, and unbroadcast in any medium
between 1700 and 2200 words long.
The competition is open to anyone resident in the UK
Entry fee for the competition is be £5 per story, you can enter as many as you like.

Judges

Imogen Robertson, Anita Sethi, Alison Moore, Robert Shearman.

IMG_8830Prizes

12 writers will be chosen for the Solstice Shorts Festival, and have their story read live by either themselves or an actor on the 21st December, alongside stories from the judges. (A new story every half hour from sunrise to sunset.)

We hope the entire festival performance will be broadcast live on the internet (funding permitting) but it will definitely be available as a podcast subsequently.
All 12 chosen stories will be published in electronic and print anthology together with stories from the 4 judges.

You will also be invited (you don’t have to, just if you want!) to contribute to one of three workshops being held during the afternoon,  hosted by Spread the Word.

all 12 winners will also receive a small silly trophy and a selection of Arachne Press books.

IMG_8842Judges recommendation writers will, in addition, receive one of 4  Debut Friendships with Spread the Word, or 1 membership of New Writing South.

So get writing! The Clock is Ticking…

More information about Solstice Shorts Festival on the Arachne Press Website

 

 

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