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).