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.

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!