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.

The Story Sessions want your stories

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Arachne Press are reviving the Story Sessions, we hope permanently! We are settling in to our Brockley Max venue, The Brockley Deli for a few months, with support from the Arts Council, and then we’ll see how it’s going.

The Story Sessions in a live literature event, with themed sessions. We run it like a folk club, so there are headliners, support acts and floor spots*.

We  have a ‘test bed’ section where you can try out a new piece on the audience just before the interval, and get written feedback.
*Floor spots: Flash from the Floor a maximum of 100 words on theme, immediately after the interval. Just turn up with your 100 words and let us know you want to read, or write something in the interval, if inspiration strikes.

We have 4 sessions lined up over the next nine months:

16/11/2016 Freedom Tales deadline 02/11/16

18/01/2017 Winter Tales deadline 04/01/17

15/03/2017 Retelling Tales (Legend and Fable) deadline 01/03/17

17/05/2017 Fantastic Tales (Fantasy) deadline 03/05/17

We are looking for STORIES first and foremost, although we will consider very good poems. We are not interested in non-fiction of any kind.

ABSOLUTE maximum 2000 words, but we are happy with  a lot shorter as it means more people can read.

This can be previously published work as it will not lead to a book, and we encourage authors from London and environs, who have a new book to promote, to offer us something suitable to the theme, but unpublished work also welcome. So if you have something on theme and can come and read it on the day, let’s hear from you. There are a couple of slots available for out-of-towners as we have an actor at each session to take those on, but people like to meet the author so if you can get there all the better.

Apply through our submittable account. Tell us whether you see you piece as potential headline material, or test bed. no need to contact us in advance for Flash from the Floor.

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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May Fortnightly Round-Up II

Hello short story fans! Here’s what’s been going on for the past few weeks on the blog –
Tania x

Live Lit
We’re delighted to welcome a new event to our listings – Unsung Live, London: “a short story night for genre fans – science fiction, fantasy, horror and more”.

The Story Sessions are running two events and a workshop at the Broxley Max lit fest, London. Check out White Rabbit’s second Alice in Wonderland podcast, Six Impossible Things Before BreakfastRecliffe Future Way was launched on May 1st and is running its fiction trails in Bristol throughout the month.

The Word Factory #33 is happening in London on May 30th – the masterclass is sold out, but there’s the short story reading club and the Irish-themed evening event.

Lit Mags
Hotel Magazine has announced issue 1 and is calling for submissions for its second issue, and Paper and Ink want your stories on the theme of ‘childhood’. The third issue of Confingo is now on sale, Firewords Quarterly’s Issue 4 is hot off the presses.

Jotters United has a new issue out, 2Tango, and a call for submissions, Spelk also wants your short stories, and Bunbury has launched Issue 8 and shared some more exciting announcements with us.

Competitions

The Queen’s Head zine has launched a flash fiction competition, with illustrator Mahr, deadline June 7. Ambit magazine has launched its first annual short story competition, judged by Alison Moore, deadline July 15th. Headstuff magazine has launched a knockout comic short fiction competition with a prize fund of 3200 euros! The Creative Future Literary Awards are now open to marginalised writers, deadline 15 June, and The Moth’s International Short Story Prize is open, deadline June 30th.

The fourth Hysteria writing competition is open for entries, deadline 15 August. Holland Park Press is running a short story competition, I Is Another, deadline 31 August. The University of Leicester’s 2015 short story competition is now open, deadline 11 September.

Festivals

The full programme for this year’s London Short Story Festival in June has now been announced.

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

BrockleyMAX festival live lit and writing workshop from Arachne Press

Story Sessions logo copyThe Story Sessions are back – for a guest spot, maybe for good, depending… We are doing two events plus a workshop for BrockleyMAX. The first two are both on Saturday 30th May The Ladywell Gallery, (what used to be Misty Moon) behind The Ladywell Tavern 80 Ladywell Road SE13 7HS

Writing Workshop – Festival

5pm – 7pm Free; accompanied children over 10 welcome
Arachne Press presents a writing workshop on the theme of Festival. Get inspiration from the exhibition of photographs from previous BrockleyMAX festivals and write a new short story or poem, with the option to read it at The Story Sessions event in the evening.
 run by Cherry Potts
Story Sessions: Festival Tales
7.30pm – 9.30pm Free; accompanied children welcome
A live literature event with stories from Joan Taylor-Rowan and David Bausor, poems from Elinor Brooks and Jennifer A McGowan on a festival theme. Circuses, Street parties and more. Join in with Flash from the Floor – your chance to read your own festival piece (max 100 words).
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And finally, on Thursday 4th June at Brockley Deli 14a Brockley Cross, SE4 1BE
The Story Sessions: Feast Tales
8pm – 9pm Free entry; accompanied children 10+ welcome
A free live literature event all about food Stories from Rosalind Stopps, Joan Taylor-Rowan and Jason Jackson, Poems from Jennifer A McGowan and Rob Walton, plus an extract from Devilskein & Dearlove,our Carnegie Nominated young adult novel by Alex Smith – mostly read by our actor friends Peter Noble & Gloria Sanders.
Join us for a story set in a cheese shop, Cranberry Sauce as an excuse for an illicit meeting, trying to win friends with cookies and taking tea with a demon, plus poems about oranges and bay leaves! Order appropriate food to ‘taste-along’.

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.