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


Joanna Walsh and Chris Power at The Horse Hospital

On 19th October, writer Joanna Walsh will be reading from her collection, Fractals, and talking short stories with The Guardian’s Chris Power.


“For those interested in new innovations in short fiction, I highly recommend Fractals by Joanna Walsh.” (Deborah Levy)

“Walsh’s closest literary ally is probably Lydia Davis, with whom she shares a brevity and starkness of expression… Walsh’s refreshing humour – sometimes biting; sometimes absurd – lends her work a poingnancy that is genuinely affecting.” (Will Rees, The Times Literary Supplement)

Entry by donation, for the benefit of the event’s venue, The Horse Hospital, London, which is under threat of closure.

You can buy a ticket here.



Hello- this is Alison Clayburn:  alisonboydclayburn@hotmail.co.uk.  I’m a poet, short fiction writer and tutor in both plus Writing for Self Discovery. Having worked for quite a few London colleges (latest Birkbeck for ten years) I now run my own programme of courses and workshops, with small group sizes and an emphasis on mutual support. I live in a lovely part of London by the Thames and focus on developing courses locally. So – my Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/CreativeWritingInRotherhithe I studied writing for personal development as part of my Sussex MA and am particularly interested in the crossover between self exploratory writing and powerful, effective poetry or prose. Many of my ongoing writers attend a variety of the workshops and courses I offer- fiction, poetry, self discovery.

I sometimes organise one-off workshops so – if you are within easy travelling distance of Rotherhithe Overground Station (East London line) you are invited to a Flash Fiction workshop on the evening of Monday Sept 8th, 6.30-9.30pm at the.  iconic Brunel Museum by the River Thames: the location of my short fiction courses. This workshop is open to all, with an appropriately short Flash Fiction writing activity, discussion and an information and advice session with Jay Merill, Flash Fiction specialist, resident writer at Women in Publishing and winner of the Salt Prize for fiction. If you’d like to know more about this growing field, including online publishing opportunities, do contact me by email to book. Cost is £12.00, booking deadline Sept 1st. You’ll also find information on the Brunel Museum website.

If you are interested in Writing for Self Discovery I’ll be running a fresh set of three monthly Saturday afternoon workshops at Canada Water library  (right by Canada Water station) on Sept 13, Oct 11 and Nov 8. These have been running for quite a while- with a core group and new faces always welcome. This series’ theme is SHAPES. The cost is £75 for three, if booked together, £60 for two or £30 for one. The group is small, confidential and supportive. If you’d like to know more do contact me alisonboydclayburn@hotmail.co.uk and/or check out  https://www.facebook.com/CreativeWritingInRotherhithe And for poets – there’s a poetry workshop suitable for both beginners and those with some experience on Saturday Nov 22nd. These workshops offer the chance to do one free verse poem and one using form. The November theme is SURVIVAL  AND SYLLABICS.