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


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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Don we now our gay apparel – or hats at any rate

bartle tyroleanWho knew that hats could be so important to a live literature event? The Story Sessions audience joined in with hats and 100 word flash stories for the festive session: Solstice tales.

The Story Sessions has been going for three months now, in the gorgeous community owned pub the Ivy House in Nunhead, South London, with previous events celebrating  Hallowe’en and Remembrance day, and last week’s line up of all local authors had both serious and frivolous points to make – about families, homelessness, the credit crunch, cruelty, kindness and generosity.

Joan Taylor-Rowan‘s evicted couple settle into John Lewis department store for Christmas and all is well until they realise they are not alone… (Never Knowingly)

Unwelcome guests were quite a theme, with Peter Higgins’ family preparing for their traditional Christmas eve supper with the old friend no one really wants to see (It Never Snows at Christmas), and Cherry Potts’ demanding midwinter visitor (The Midwinter Wife), while Bartle Sawbridge‘s disappointed date is haunted by men in hats (and kilts, and sandals) as she fights her way through  the Christmas shopping crowds on the underground (A Date for Maureen).

Our second ever testbed slot was taken by Paula Read with a story of carol singing and dementia, No Room. The audience was once more generous with their feedback.

job 1283012 Family talesA6Next month we are tackling the family. So probably no hats, but some poetry from
Esther Poyer, Anne Macauley and Matt Bryden,
some short stories from  Nicolas Ridley (and probably Cherry Potts)
and Mary Hamer is joining us with an extract from her novel, Rudyard & Trix,
and of course,there will be Flash from the Floor from our ever talented audience.

Want to get involved in a future Story Session as a reader? Contact us via the Arachne Press website.