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



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CALL FOR STORIES – LL SPECIAL EVENT: PARENT & CHILD Deadline Sunday 31 May / Event Tue 23 June

Liars’ League London & Leeds seek short stories themed on PARENT & CHILD for a special simultaneous charity event on Tuesday June 23 at The Peckham Pelican (London) and the Crowd of Favours (Leeds) in aid of The CATS Foundation, which is a charity funding research into the devastating genetic childhood diseases Tay-Sachs & Sandhoff.

We need five brilliant stories for this special theme, and as ever our winning writers will be rewarded with free entry, books and booze. Cheerful tales welcome (but not obligatory) and stories don’t have to be child-friendly, especially since the events are taking place in a pub … However we do ask that you don’t submit stories about incest, child abuse or dead/dying kids please (we know how your morbid writer minds work!)

What we’d love to see is any creative interpretation of the theme, which could include being a parent (or child), adult children, adopted or foster families, people who want kids, people who don’t, same-sex parents, kids rebelling against parents, parents rebelling against children, babysitters, divorced or one-parent families, unusual families (communes, kids raising siblings), substitute children, metaphorical or allegorical takes on the theme, sci-fi, fantasy, magical realism, humour, horror … you get the picture.

Send your 800-2000 word unpublished stories to liars@liarsleague.com by 11.59pm on Sun 31 May, and good luck!

Stand Up Tragedy: Tragic Beginnings Jan 17

Tragic Christmas 

Stand Up Tragedy is starting 2014 with  Tragic Beginnings on Friday 17th January at the Hackney Attic (upstairs at the Hackney Picturehouse)

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/208432709344135/

Tickets (cheaper in advance):  http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/Hackney_Picturehouse/film/Stand_Up_Tragedy_Tragic_Beginnings/


Stand Up Tragedy 2014:

In 2014 Stand Up Tragedy is going monthly, alternating between the Dogstar in Brixton and the Hackney Attic so we can spread tragedy all around London. In August we are going to be returning to the Edinburgh Festival as part of the Free Fringe.

We’re also expanding what we do to include a monthly fanzine that will accompany the live shows. We are accepting short pieces of writing (under 400 words) and pictures for the fanzine (send to upstandingtragedy@gmail.com). We will also be producing Stand Up Tragedy related video content. And our podcast will remain weekly although with a format change. Check out our podcast via iTunes, Stitcher or our soundcloud page: https://soundcloud.com/standuptragedy

Next event: Snow & Stars on Tuesday 10th December!


It’s like Christmas has come early! Yes, no need to feel your presents: the stories for our Snow & Stars event next Tuesday 10th December have been chosen!

They feature Hollywood rock stars, anti-Fascist gardeners, stellar visitors, phantom hounds, tips on how to get out of a family Christmas and Santa Claus on a massive coke bender. The League Elves will also throw in free mince pies, a bumper Christmas book quiz, and more tinsel than is strictly sensible.


About Christmas by Carolyn Eden
Santa’s Christmas Snowstorm by Alan Graham
First Foot by Brindley Hallam Dennis
Obviously Three Believers by Darren Lee
Mr. Frost by Liam Hogan

So pull up your sleigh to The Phoenix (address below) at 7pm on Tue Dec 10th and join us for our seasonal spectacular, in which our top authors and actors of the year will be announced, quiz questions will be asked, and secret surprises (well, books) will be pulled out of Santa’s sack for the lucky winners!

Tickets cost £5 on the door (cash only, no advance booking) and seating is unreserved – so it’s a good idea to get there a bit ahead of time if you want a good table. (NB – if you want to eat off the Phoenix’s Festive Menu, it’s best to pre-order your food by emailing enquiry@phoenixcavendishsquare.co.uk This shouldn’t be necessary if you’re having only one course, but better safe than sorry …)

The venue is downstairs at:
The Phoenix Pub
37 Cavendish Square

The Phoenix is 5 minutes’ walk from Oxford Circus tube station, which is on the Victoria, Bakerloo and Central lines. Map here