Dusk: A Wave of Words across the UK

Originating in Greenwich, on the Prime Meridian, and now in its 4th year, The Solstice Shorts Festival  is  going nationwide.

The theme this year is Dusk, that time between day and night when everything changes.

On 21st December we have twelve sites across the UK all reading/singing different material (chosen by Arachne Press, read by actors/ sung by musicians) starting in Ellon, Aberdeenshire and ending In Redruth, Cornwall, taking in key spots in between.

All events BSL Interpreted

Grab Tickets for an event near you: generally by donation, suggested £3, but there are exceptions where this is part of a bigger event.

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or follow the live stream on Facebook.

The stories and poems have been chosen, and the music is either traditional or original.

site start finish minutes
Ellon* 1707 1754 48
Inverness 1715 1802 47
Greenwich 1716 1757 41
Nottingham 1717 1759 42
Carlisle 1718 1802 44
Rossendale 1719 1802 43
Lancaster 1720 1803 43
Birmingham 1721 1803 42
Bristol 1727 1807 40
Anglesey (Holyhead) 1730 1812 42
Warkleigh 1733 1814 41
Redruth 1740 1820 40

*Ellon is starting music at 16:28 the actual moment of Solstice, readings will start at 17.07
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The book of the event will be published on 21st June 2018, but will be available in February to people who come to the event and pre-order.

 

 

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Arachne Press celebrates 5 years of short stories and more #Arachne5

Arachne Press are celebrating and you are invited to…

the FREE 5th Anniversary Party
Friday 8th September 2017 6.30-9.30pm
Manor House Library
34 Old Road
SE13 5SY
Free tickets for the party: eventbrite

Readings of Poetry & Stories from Sarah Lawson, Carolyn Eden Liam Hogan, Cherry Potts, Katy Darby, Kate Foley, Jeremy Dixon, Ghillian Potts, Nichol Wilmor

and Live Music from Ian Kennedy & Sarah Lloyd and Summer All Year Long

Refreshments Available for a Modest Donation, Books on Sale – special offers

PLUS

We will be Touring a Retrospective Selection of Stories & Poems until December 2017, starting at Archway With Words festival on 27th September at Archway Library.
If you would like to invite us to your bookshop, library, festival, live lit night, college, or school, get in touch

Special Offers on Books bought direct from our website (our first 5 Short Story titles at £5 each, plus other reductions)

Free Books available to Libraries and book charities (our first 5 titles available free to bona fide libraries and book charities – you just pay for delivery get in touch)

A three-year plan of new publications including new poetry collections from Jeremy Dixon, Kate Foley, Cathy Bryant

The remaining YA titles of the Brook Storyteller series from Ghillian Potts

A women only anthology in collaboration with Liars League to celebrate the anniversary of women getting the vote.
An anthology to commemorate the ending of WWI, provisionally entitled An Outbreak of Peace.
a Story Sessions anthology – stories and poems by people who have taken part in Story Sessions who we haven’t already published.
Possibles
A 5 poet anthology – exact inclusions to be confirmed, but people we have only so far published in anthologies
A 5 author story anthology – exact inclusions to be confirmed, but people we have only so far published in anthologies
Plus others including novels, still in consideration.
And the next 3 Solstice Shorts Festivals will be: Dusk 21st December 2017, Dawn 21st December 2018 and Time & Tide 21st December 2019 (this one will be all day as it falls at the weekend), so lots more short story opportunities to contribute to or come along and enjoy.

Solstice Shorts Festival

This year the Solstice Shorts Festival, held on 21st December, the shortest day of the year, takes Shortest Day as its theme. As a result all the stories being read are really short – under 1000 words. As with previous years the stories are read by actors, and there is live music. This year however there was a two part call out, and some of the stories are inspired by the music, and vice versa.

We are back on two sites, with free poetry music at Made in Greenwich Gallery 324 Creek Road, Greenwich, SE10 9SW 6-7pm,  and free stories and music at West Greenwich Library Greenwich High Road, Greenwich SE10 8NN 7.30-9.30pm, (with, we hope, a procession led by a choir between the two sites- we have to work out who can cope with singing and walking at the same time!) The main event is followed by a Night Write workshop for writers led by poet Ruth Steadman back at MiGG from 10pm-midnight, £10.

For the musically inclined there is an ‘advent’ event on 26th November 12.45-17.15 St Hilda’s Church Hall, Courtrai Road SE23 1NL to learn folk songs suitable to the season from internationally acclaimed folk singer, community choir leader and all round lovely person, Lester Simpson. £25.

Book tickets for all events here

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Stories from CB Droege, David Mathews, David Steward, Katy Darby, Lee Nash, Liam Hogan, Pippa Gladhill, Polly Hall, Roger Hecht, Rosalind Stopps, Sarah Evans, Sarah James, Tom McKay.

Poems from A.J. Akoto, Frank Rubino, Jill Sharp, Joan Leotta, Karen Bovenmyer, Karina Lutz, Laura Page, Lisa Kelly, Mario Duarte, Marlee Cox, Megan E. Freeman, Pat Tompkins, Scott-Patrick Mitchell, Steph Thompson, Tim Cremin.

Music from Zachary Gvirtzman, Vocal Chords Choir, Sarah Lloyd & Ian Kennedy, Juliet Desailly. Specially written lyrics from Alison Craig, Moira Quinn.

All performances are BSL interpreted.

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.

 

 

 

December Round-Up II

Hello short story lovers,
In our final pre-holiday dispatch, here’s what’s been going on on our blog over the past 2 weeks.

Lit Mags
Another new publication’s just joined our list – welcome to Taylz: “a free website for short story writers to test and develop their work”.

There’s loads to read and many places to send your stories: The Manchester Review has just published Issue 13 and is calling for your submissions. Short Story Sunday gives us a round-up and a festive special.

Firewords Three is here, Jotters United has a new issue out and is calling for submissions, and the second issue of Confingo is now on sale. The Emma Press is calling for prose pamphlet submissions.  Issue 4 of Holdfast Magazine is live and they are calling for submissions, as is Bunbury magazine, while giving us a peek at what’s been going on over there. Short Fiction journal also wants your short stories.

Anthologies

Queen’s Ferry Press is calling for submissions – from lit mag editors – for the first Best Small Fictions anthology.  Freight Books wants short story submissons for an anthology inspired by Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity. To celebrate National Short Story Week, 32 young writers have been published in an anthology, on sale now.

Competitions & Festivals
The Solstice Shorts Festival is approaching. Felixtstowe Book Festival has launched its 2015 short story competition, deadline May 16th.

Live Lit
White Rabbit has a new family story-telling show at Knole in December. Story Fridays is calling for submissions on the theme of The 1980s for its January event in Bath.

If you are eager for even more short-story-related news, do follow ShortStops on Twitter where, when we should be writing, we spend (far too) much time passing on news from lit mags, live lit events, short story workshops and festivals! If you’d like to review an event or a publication, drop me a line.

Happy reading, writing, listening and performing!
Tania x

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!

 

Solstice Shorts Short Story Competition Call Out for Short Story Writers.

 

IMG_8826Solstice Shorts Festival is a short story and folk music festival on the theme of TIME, for Short Story Day on the shortest day of the year: 21st December 2014 from sunrise (8.04) to sunset (15.53) on the Greenwich Meridian.

Competition NOW OPEN, Submit  on Submittable

Closing date 31st October 2014.

 

What we are looking for:

Stories (not poems, not memoir, not other kinds of non-fiction – just short fiction)

on the theme of TIME – in any way that the writers choose to interpret it.

Stories must be:
All your own work
Written in English
unpublished in print or on-line, and unbroadcast in any medium
between 1700 and 2200 words long.
The competition is open to anyone resident in the UK
Entry fee for the competition is be £5 per story, you can enter as many as you like.

Judges

Imogen Robertson, Anita Sethi, Alison Moore, Robert Shearman.

IMG_8830Prizes

12 writers will be chosen for the Solstice Shorts Festival, and have their story read live by either themselves or an actor on the 21st December, alongside stories from the judges. (A new story every half hour from sunrise to sunset.)

We hope the entire festival performance will be broadcast live on the internet (funding permitting) but it will definitely be available as a podcast subsequently.
All 12 chosen stories will be published in electronic and print anthology together with stories from the 4 judges.

You will also be invited (you don’t have to, just if you want!) to contribute to one of three workshops being held during the afternoon,  hosted by Spread the Word.

all 12 winners will also receive a small silly trophy and a selection of Arachne Press books.

IMG_8842Judges recommendation writers will, in addition, receive one of 4  Debut Friendships with Spread the Word, or 1 membership of New Writing South.

So get writing! The Clock is Ticking…

More information about Solstice Shorts Festival on the Arachne Press Website

 

 

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