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.

 

The Shadow Booth: Vol. 3 out now – FREE launch event on 11 April!

Jared can feel the tower blocks looming overhead, three concrete sentinels watching as he runs.  He knows he has less than a minute before his pursuers are on him, but as he rounds the corner into the alley he stops, dead. There’s a strange canvas structure propped against the wall, a hand-made sign scrawled on a scrap of cardboard. Enter the Shadow Booth, it says, and you will never be the same again.

The Shadow Booth is back for its third volume, available now from our online store. An international journal of weird and uncanny fiction, The Shadow Booth is dedicated to publishing emerging and established writers of the strange, exploring that dark, murky hinterland between mainstream horror and literary fiction. Stories from Vols. 1 & 2 have been selected for The Best Horror of the Year (ed. Ellen Datlow), The Year’s Best Weird Fiction (eds. Michael Kelly & Robert Shearman) and Best British Horror (ed. Johnny Mains).

Volume 3 includes new weird and uncanny fiction by:

  • Nick Adams
  • Judy Birkbeck
  • Raquel Castro
  • Armel Dagorn
  • Jill Hand
  • Richard V. Hirst
  • Verity Holloway
  • Tim Major
  • Annie Neugebauer
  • Robert Shearman
  • Gregory J. Wolos

Paperbacks and ebooks are available here.

We’re also holding a FREE launch event in London on Thursday 11 April, with readings from Robert Shearman, Judy Birkbeck and Tim Major. The event starts at 7pm at The North by Northwest, a Hitchcock-themed pub in Islington. You can find full details and RSVP here.

Enter the Shadow Booth and you will never be the same again…

Stroud Short Stories is open for submissions until 31 March

Stroud Short Stories is open for submissions from Gloucs and South Gloucs writers until 31 March – for our 19 May 2019 event in a new venue, the Cotswold Playhouse in Stroud. It’s free to submit and we are happy to consider published and unpublished work.

There’s a theme this time – Incendiary! Think of the theme as widely and flexibly as possible – stories about fire, heat, passion, anger, rebellion, incineration, climate change, inflamed senses, etc, etc.

As well as reading before an audience of 150 short story lovers at the Cotswold Playhouse in Stroud, the authors of the ten stories chosen will be offered a place in our next published anthology – due 2021.

Tickets for the 19 May event will be available from 21 April on the Cotswold Playhouse website.

All the info you need is on our website – http://stroudshortstories.blogspot.com/

Live Lit In Leamington Spa

Announcing our 2nd Live-Lit Author Event in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. No matter how you do it come and do it with us as we celebrate through spoken word the colour Yellow. Enjoy this anthology of local authors reading short stories, poems and possibly five-minute plays on Thursday 1st March in the cosy environment of The Stagey Fox Regent Street, Leam. It’s free and it’s fun and it kicks off at 7.15pm. No booking necessary – just rock up and enjoy!

Small Wonder Festival at Charleston

Small Wonder Festival, Charleston’s annual celebration of short fiction, will take place between 27 September and 1 October 2017. The variety of this year’s programme confirms that although the texts may be compressed, the short form may contain a multitude of subjects, tones and styles. Short stories offer glimpses into the human condition and linger on in the mind, despite, even because of, their brevity and restraint. Don’t miss the shared experience of listening to and telling stories in the atmospheric tents at Small Wonder. During the festival you can listen to engaging speakers, take part in workshops and much more…

The festival kicks off on Wednesday 27 September with ‘Let Me Count the Ways’, an exploration of love in its many contexts and guises. Groundbreaking young writers Rowan Hisayo Buchanan and Gwendoline Riley will discuss their work with journalist Arifa Akbar.

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On Thursday 28 September we explore the challenges and advantages of the short story form in our event ‘Novella Perfection’. Novella enthusiasts and practitioners Cynan Jones and Megan Hunter will be in conversation with Alex Clark. I believe the novella is the perfect form of prose fiction. – Ian McEwan.

Unmissable on Saturday 30 September is ‘Welcome to the Caribbean’, with Jamaican writer Olive Senior, Trinidadian Anthony Joseph and Bahamian Helen Klonaris (British Council International Writer in Residence at Small Wonder 2017).
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A final highlight for any budding writers will be ‘Hitting the Ground Running’ on Sunday 1 October. This event promises a fascinating look at how to begin a career in writing short fiction, with debut authors Julianne Pachico and Jessie Greengrass speaking alongside agent Clare Alexander and publisher Mark Richards. Perfect for aspiring authors, those interested in the publishing process or short fiction fans, it will include an extended Q&A.

Visit the Small Wonder website for more information and many more events: https://www.charleston.org.uk/small-wonder/. Or join in the conversation on social media: #SmallWonderFest.

 

 

Live Spoken Word Flash Fiction Event at Monk’s House

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On the 2nd of September, Writers’ HQ are running a special evening of flash fiction, Moments of Being, at Monk’s House – the beautiful home of Virginia Woolf in Rodmell, East Sussex.

Bring along a story to read at this brand new spoken word event or simply come along to enjoy some fantastic short fiction and meet local authors!

Fri 2nd September: Moments of Being – Live Flash Fiction Event

Moments of Being is a brand new spoken word event hosted by Monk’s House, the home of Virginia Woolf in Rodmell – a literary evening full of bite-sized ‘moments‘ of fiction read aloud by the authors themselves.

Come, fine writers, pull your brave pants right up to your chin and read your words aloud to a room full of expectant ears. We want to hear your story…

Here’s how it works:

  • Bring along a story (no more than 1000 words please).
  • Put your name in the fiction hat and cross your fingers tightly.
  • If you’re picked, leap on stage with verve and pizazz, fill the brains of the audience with the sound of your story and then field their questions and feedback like a true pro. Be rewarded for your efforts with a free beverage.
  • If you’re not picked, then simply enjoy a relaxing evening of original literature, applaud wildly, and put your questions to the chosen authors.

And if you don’t fancy reading, then simply come along to listen to eight stories by eight fabulous writers, quiz them on their methods, techniques and inspiration, and enjoy an intimate evening of literary brilliance at the home of Virginia Woolf.

Booking essential. Visit Writers’ HQ for more details. 

Flash Fiction Readings in Bath, 29th July

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If you’re in or near Bath on Friday evening, 29th July,  do come to hear fabulous flash fiction writers at our Evening of Readings organised by Jude Higgins at Bath Flash Fiction Award. Readings from acclaimed US flash-fiction writer, poet, writing teacher and editor, Meg Pokrass, who will be reading from51oCRJs7VwL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_ her new collection The Dog Looks Happy Upside Down

Carrie Etter poet, flash-fiction writer and Reader in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University who will be reading from her new pamphlet HometownHometown-001

together with award winning local flash-fiction writers

K M Elkes, Santino Prinzi and Diane Simmons

 

Venue: St James Wine Vaults, Bath.

Time: 7.30 pm – 10.00 pm.

Cost £5. Places limited. Book now at bathflashfictionaward.com via paypal or any card

 

Invite to indie press The Siren’s book launch: Fugue Vol. II

Dear Short Fiction fans,

The Siren Press invites you to the launch of Fugue Vol. II – the second volume of contemporary short stories in the Fugue anthology series.

Find out  more about The Siren Press here.

Featuring a group of explorative short story authors, writing to you from outside the construct of the thematic anthology, the ‘Fuguists’ bring to you an exceptional array of contemporary short fiction. Crafted in ways that play with traditional notions of short story form and content, accompanied by the equally disquieting illustrations of artist Alexandru Savescu, Fugue Vol. II is set to inspire and enthral.

We invite you to join us for author readings, a print exhibition of the illustrations featured in the anthology and drinks, at Enitharmon, one of Britain’s most enterprising and independent presses:

Enitharmon Press, 10 Bury Place, London, WC1A 2JL

Friday 24th July 2015

6.30pm – 9.30pm

Please RSVP here via Eventbrite

The Fuguists:

Brandon Robshaw, Alyson Hallett, Catherine McNamara, L. D. Lapinski, Clare Fisher, Sally Oliver, C. G. Menon, Darren Lee

Step into the visceral world of Fugue, and open your eyes to the blood soaked streets of Norfolk Drive; feel the weight of the brooding eyes that watch you from the confines of “the hole in the wall”; play detective and solve a murder that occurs in the space of another person’s dream; follow your feet into your past and metamorphose into the mythical creature whose image haunts you.

Fugue II continues the theme of disorientation and probing the unsettling, fantastically hilarious and often exceptionally dark minds of some of today’s most exciting short fiction writers. The Fugue series prides itself on featuring characters with divergent viewpoints of everyday reality, and hopes to promote alternative ways of experiencing and describing our world.

Please come along, all welcome!

The Siren

Trafika Europe invites you to visit our radio campaign

Hi All!

micTrafika Europe already brings you some of the best new literature from across Europe, with our online quarterly journal. Now we’re getting ready to launch our online radio — Europe’s first literary radio station!

Please check out our campaign brochure here! If you like what you see there, then there’s a ==> link to our campaign <== which you can follow, to get some great rewards, and lots more info about this exciting project.

This is real community literary radio for Europe. We plan to host all original content, with audio shows in English language from partner-producers across the continent, showcasing some of the best new literature and events in Europe. We really need your help to make this a reality, so please check us out!

Inquiries about participating in our radio are also welcome. Email: editor@trafikaeurope.org.

And thanks! We hope to see you there.

Invitation to the launch of The Siren’s first anthology, FUGUE!

We at The Siren are delighted to invite you to the launch of our first book, FUGUE.

Fugue: A Collection of Contemporary Short Stories, is a modern and eclectic take on a resurgent art form: short fiction. Intelligent, amusing and often rather dark, FUGUE’s authors take a wander into bizarre worlds, visiting situations such as the possibility of romance between man and machine, the unfortunate consequences of living in an adult anxiety dream, and the course of action you must take should you find that your city is beginning to melt around you.

FUGUE’s authors include many prize winners, including writers short listed for the Bath Short Story Award and the National Book Foundation’s 5 under 35 award.

We would be absolutely delighted if the ShortStops family would be able to attend the launch, which will be on the 24th October at 7pm at the London Review Bookshop (nearest tube Holborn).

There will be wine, readings from the authors, and a whole cohort of interesting people to chat with (all of whom have a similar interest in short fiction!!) Please RSVP to contact@thesiren.co.uk if you are able to support us there!    -The Siren Team

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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.

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“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.

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Litro Live! A World Book Night Celebration on 23 April: Words, Music and Friends

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Litro Live! Wednesday, April 23rd at Dartmouth House, Mayfair London

Litro will be hosting the first of its Litro Live! Events for 2014 with The English-Speaking Union at Dartmouth House, Mayfair.

The evening will be a jammed-packed serving of words, music and conversation, taking place on Wednesday 23 April as part of World Book Night Celebrations at Dartmouth House.

As well as giving you an opportunity to meet with like-minded individuals, you can connect with some of London’s hottest emerging literary talent and enjoy some great music.

We’ll be welcoming on the night Glen Duncan, Emma Jane Unsworth, Charlie Hill and Maia Jenkins, with guest musical performances from Lucinda Belle, and Benin City. The night will also welcome Naomi Foyle, who will be hosting her book club read: Astra.

Litro Live! will be welcoming back music from avant-garde harpist and Rockabilly Gypsy Jazz pioneer Lucinda Belle ahead of her latest album release.

We also welcome Benin City (Q Magazine call the band “A sultry piece of afro dub blues”). Named after a Nigerian capital, Benin City is a fused genre band fronted by Joshua Idehen (vocals) – previously collaborated with Hyperdub’s LV – Theo Buckingham (drums) and Tom Leaper (tenor saxophone/synths/samples).

In keeping with the spirit of World Book Night, there will also be plenty of book giveaways on offer – so bring yourself and a bag or two!

Tickets are available now
General Admission £10
ESU and Litro Members £7
Students £6

For further information email:info@litro.co.uk or phone 0203 371 9971.