Plug into FaxFiction

Old technology – we all used it, and it’s still there: cassette tapes, floppy discs, videos, 35mm slides, overhead projectors, Ansaphones, games consoles, View-Masters, faxes, Dictaphones, reel to reel, Ceefax… How did we function with these ancient machines, these relics of the future?

Hopefully these six writers hold the answer: Writer-in-Residence at Manchester’s Victoria Baths Sarah-Clare Conlon, Sawn-off Tales author David Gaffney, John Rylands Library Writer-in-Residence Rosie Garland, Creative Writing lecturer Valerie O’Riordan, Bad Language host Fat Roland and Nicholas Royle, series editor of Best British Short Stories.

FAXFICTION 2019

FAXFICTION 2019

In FaxFiction, six brand-new short stories will focus on old technologies, and will each be performed using artefacts gathered especially for the event. Made uniquely for the Refract:19 festival, which takes place annually at Greater Manchester arts centre Waterside, this unique show on Saturday 27 July will also feature the live premiere of an installation commissioned from sound artist Gary Fisher.

Tickets cost £8 (£6 concessions) – book here.

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The Short Story with Claire Keegan

Short story course held on 13 and 14 April at The River Mill’s Retreat, Co. Down. 10am to 5pm, both days.

This weekend course will explore the short story using works from the anthology You’ve Got to Read This (ed. by Ron Hansen and Jim Shepard). Participants will be asked to consider:

  • How fiction works — and why it sometimes doesn’t

  • Where and when stories begin and how and if this differs from the novel

  • The differences between a short story and the novel / a chapter

  • Beginnings, Middles, Endings: Narrative Structure

To book, contact ckfictionclinic@yahoo.com. Tuition is £300. Lunch and tea are provided for all. There are only two places left. Visit CKFictionClinic for full details.

Claire Keegan has written Antarctica, Walk the Blue Fields and Foster (Faber & Faber). These stories, translated into 17 languages, have won numerous awards, and have been published in The New Yorker, Best American Stories, The Paris Review. Keegan has earned an international reputation as a teacher of fiction, having taught workshops on four continents.

Three launch events for An Outbreak of Peace

Join Arachne Press to celebrate our latest book

An Outbreak of Peace

 

LONDON! Housmans 14th November

The official publication date for this anthology of new short stories and poems in response to the end of WWI, An Outbreak of Peace is the 8th November, but we are having the launch party on

Wednesday 14th, at Housmans radical bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, N1 9DX,

with readings from Clare Owen, CB Droege, Katy Darby, Chantal Heaven (fiction);

Karen Ankers, Valerie Bence, Peter Kenny, Sarah Tait (poetry).

There will also be a poppy-seed cake, and other, liquid, refreshments.

£3 on the door, redeemable against purchase of the book. (let us know you are coming cherry@arachnepress.com)

 

MANCHESTER! Blackwells 30th November

As our authors are spread all over the globe, we are trying to give as many of them as possible an opportunity to celebrate the launch in person. We can’t afford to jaunt off to the US and Australia, or even Germany or France, but we can manage Manchester!

Northern fans of poetry and short fiction are invited to join us at Blackwells, Manchester. Near Arthur Lewis Building, The University of Manchester Bridgeford Street, M13 9PL

on 30th November at 6.30pm

There will be readings from

Rebecca SkipwithLily Peters, (fiction)

Ness Owen, Sarah Tait, Mantz Yorke, and Valerie Bence, (poetry)

and cake and liquid refreshment.

Tickets are free. https://bit.ly/2CQcuVT

 

And finally, for now, a reading by Clare Owen of her story from the collection, The Cormorant, at Lost in Books, Quay Street, Lostwithiel, PL22 0BS on 16th November 2018 6pm
If you can’t make it to ANY of the launches, you can order a copy direct from us at our web shop (post free in UK!)

Launching We/She

Arachne Press are excited to be launching We/She on 16th August at 6.45pm

Blackwells, 50 High Holborn London WC1V 6EP

We/She is their latest Liars’ League collaboration and the second of their #WomenVote100 tributes – although there isn’t a suffragette in sight. Instead they play around with traditional ideas about women, and turn a few (actually, a lot of) myths on their heads. Expect dragons, mermaids, ‘dead wives’, mediums, mothers… and Elvis.
It’s free and there will be readings and refreshments, and, obviously, signed books to buy.

Authors Reading… Joanne LM Williams, Arike Oke, Carolyn Eden, Katy Darby,

Ilora Choudhury, Fiona Salter, Elizabeth Stott, Rosalind Stopps

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Other authors are attending, so there will be lots of people to sign a copy of the book for you.

The launch coincides with the 39th anniversary of the death of Elvis… what has that to do with a book of stories by women, you ask… come along and find out!
RSVP

Last Chance To Enter The Brighton Prize

The Brighton Prize for short fiction closes to entries at midnight on July 1st. Until then we are accepting short stories and flash fiction from international authors. There’s £2,000 in prize money up for grabs including a £1,000 first prize for short story and a special local prize for a Sussex writer.

All our winners are published in our anthology and sometimes in other journals. Last year’s flash winner Haleh Agar was published in local magazine Viva Brighton and we’re always looking for ways to get our winners noticed, we also had two launches one in Brighton and one at Golden Hare Books in Edinburgh!

Our judges this year include Booker nominated and Edge Hill Prize short-listee, Alison MacLeod, ace literary agent, Sarah Manning and Brighton Prize Director, Erinna Mettler.

Send us your best – please read the T & Cs first!

www.brightonprize.com

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Infinity Words (Bunbury issue 19 is here!)

Hello hello fans of Bunbury Magazine, we’re back so pop on your fancy gem encrusted glove, pause from attempting to rule the universe and relax with the latest issue.
The theme this time was Infinity and whoowee, do we have some excellent content to share with you! From the front cover to the logo on the back page, we think this will be right up your street.
‘But how do we buy this magnificent display of work from authors and artists from around the world’? I hear you cry. Well, if you click on the pictures of the front covers below, your quest will come to an end.
You can get the physical version of the magazine here:
Please note that the physical copy includes Short Stories, Flash Fiction and Poetry.

Bunbury 19 print

And we have digital copies for sale here:
Please note that the digital copy includes bonus content.

Bunbury 19 cover

We really had a lot of fun putting this issue together and we hope you enjoy it.
FUN FACT! If you buy the physical copy
We also, as always have our back catalogue for you get stuck into, just click on the picture to unlock the gateway to Bunbury issues past. Not future though, what do you think this is, The Eye Agamotto? No, it isn’t. Sorry. We’ll try and sort that out for next time.

Issue 17 Spiral

And now dear reader, allow us to make a horrifically dated music reference.
*eh hem*
What’s that coming in to your ears is it a podcast? Is it a podcast!
*takes bow painfully aware of the void of silence*

Yes! That’s right! You heard us, Bunbury Magazine now has not one, but TWO PODCASTS, oh my word! The rumours were true!

The Just Write Speaks podcasts are recordings of out Spoken Word night that we hold in Bury Lancs on the last Tuesday of the month of the same name. There really are some smashing spoken word artist performing wonderful stuff.

The Bunbury Speaks podcast is, not to give too much away, an interview podcast with a twist that we think you’ll really like. Intrigued? Good. You should be.

Tell you what, why don’t you give it a listen? Just click the picture below and you shall be transported to Bury’s best regular spoken word night or our studio where you can hear talk to some marvelous people!

Issue 15 Spiral

And finally, we’re open for submissions dear, dear friends.
The theme this time is ‘Run’ and we’re looking forward to reading all of the lovely submissions.
If you would like to submit, please click on the poster below to find out how!
We look forward to hearing from you!

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Well, lots of news there huh? We’re going to leave you to it and we’ll speak to you next time.
OKTHANKSLOVEYOUBYE!

World Kindness Day Party- stories can change the world

November 13th is World Kindness Day, and we at White Rabbit are celebrating it with a FREE storytelling event at Arts Admin!

World Kindness Day Party

Fundraiser, book launch and the “Story of Kindness” extravaganza!

When: Monday 13th November 2017 7.30pm- late
How much: FREE- donate whatever you are able to
Where: Arts Admin,Toynbee Studios,28 Commercial St, London E1 6AB. Tube: Aldgate East
Details here (no need to book just turn up or let us know you are coming on our facebook page here):

The Little Book of Kindness

What’s occuring?:
Bernadette will be telling a story and reading from her new book “The Little Book of Kindness”, there will also be short stories on the theme of kindness from storytellers Heather Burton, Jules Craig and Vanessa Woolf, plus a poem from Dan Thompson and some surprises on the night. We will be joined by representatives from 999 club, a homeless charity in SE London for whom we will be fundraising on the night. They will be showing  a film of their work and letting us know how to get involved.  There’s free party food, nice music, a bar serving cocktails in teapots, and a chance to join in crafting/creative writing by sharing your own story of kindness on the night. We hope to counter the negative narrative about our fellow humans, share more positive stories, and have fun!
Bernadette’s books will be on sale on the night, all profits to go to the 999 club.

“Be Kind” sign from People United

NEWS FLASH! we’re mega proud to announce that we have been chosen as one of the recipients of People United’s Be Kind signs, which will be on proud display in our HQ in Deptford from the 13th November!

Come join us and help change the world!