Last Night’s Q&A with Alex Smith

A wide ranging discussion of Devilskein & Dearlove, and children’s books in general over the last 100 years, the invention of Childhood and all sorts!

find the discussion on GoodReads here

The group is public so anyone can join, read and comment. You can always ask more questions, which Alex will answer if & when she notices them! (We get an email when someone posts, so should be able to prompt if necessary).

If we can get the technology to work, Alex will be live on skype from Cape Town tomorrow (Wednesday 23rd) at The Story Sessions, at the Cafe of Good Hope 216 Hither Green Lane, SE13 6RT. Doors 7pm. £3.

Devilskein & Dearlove is after the interval – so you can grab the mic and ask her something ‘face to face’ (ear to ear??). If we don’t manage that, you can at least listen to a section being read by the lovely Malini Stevenson, and catch up with our other readers and authors present in person. You can even join in with your own YA influenced 100 word ‘Flash From The Floor’.

Arachne Press popup stall in Forest Hill TODAY

If you are in South East London TODAY, we have a stall at the Vocal Chords gig (Songs from the Sea) at St Saviours Church, Brockley Rise SE23 1JN from 3-5pm

Raising money for the Mission to Seafarers, £5 on the door, come and buy a pre-publication (signed) copy of Devilskein & Dearlove, and listen to us sing some lovely songs.

 

Alex Smith Live Q&A and give away on GoodReads

If you have a GoodReads account, join us on Monday 21st July at 7pm for live Q&A with Alex Smith, you can join the group now, and leave questions about Alex’s writing and Devilskein & Dearlove in particular, as soon as you like. If you aren’t already on GoodReads it’s very simple to join, you can sign in via Facebook or twitter. We are also running a giveaway (UK only) on GoodReads from 21st July to the end of the month to celebrate publication of Devilskein & Dearlove on 24th July – see below.

And you can hear a section of the book read at this month’s The Story Sessions.

Q&A with YA Author Alex Smith

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Goodreads Book Giveaway

Devilskein & Dearlove by Alex    Smith

Devilskein & Dearlove

by Alex Smith

Giveaway ends July 31, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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LonCon 3 – Cherry Potts on Panels

Thursday 14th to Monday 18th August, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention – LonCon 3 at ExCel London Docklands.

Arachne Press founder and author Cherry Potts is on two panels,

Liechester Square: Getting London Wrong
Thursday 14th August 19:00 – 20:00, Capital Suite 9 (ExCeL)
If there’s one thing you can guarantee about the reaction to any piece of SF set in London, it’s that British fans will delight in nit-picking the details: you can’t get there on the Piccadilly Line! So who are the worst offenders? Whose commodified Londons do we forgive for the sake of other virtues in their writing? Do we complain as much about cultural errors as geographic ones, and if not, why not? And given London’s status as a global city, is it even fair to claim ownership of its literary representation?
Alison Scott (Moderator), Leah-Nani Alconcel, Cherry Potts, Mike Shevdon, Russell Smith

We Can Rebuild You
Sunday 17th August 10:00 – 11:00, London Suite 2 (ExCeL)
SF medicine regularly comes up with “cures” for disabled bodies — from Geordi LaForge’s visor to the transfer of Jake Sully’s consciousness in Avatar — but the implications of such interventions are not always thought through as fully as we might hope. How does a rhetoric of medical breakthroughs and scientific progress shape these stories, and shape SF’s representation of lived physical difference? In what ways can SF narratives address dis/ability without either minimising or exaggerating such difference?
Cherry Potts (Moderator), Neil Clarke, Tore Høie, Helen McCarthy, Marieke Nijkamp

The Story Sessions and Devilskein & Dearlove on Croydon Radio

Pick & Mix ft Arachne Press – Glenn Lawrence

Talked my head off on the radio yesterday about all things Arachne Press: The Story Sessions, Alex Smith’s fabulous book, Devilskein & Dearlove, and Blackheath Community Opera for good measure (Why not? It’s taken me away from my desk a lot over the last month!) Thanks to Croydon Radio and Glenn Lawrence for letting me loose on their pick & mix show.

(A warning for the impatient, the first track lasts nearly 8 minutes!)

Listen up!

I will be on Croydon Radio on Monday 14th July at 1pm, talking to Glen Lawrence about The Story Sessions, and Devilskein & Dearlove. I might wander into Blackheath Community Opera’s production of The Adventures of Count Ory and even Vocal Chords Songs for the Sea, as performances are looming. Listen here live on Monday, or wait for the podcast!

Solstice Shorts expressions of interest

Ever wondered what your expression of interest looks like when it reaches us?

mostly it’s just your name and email, and whether or not you want to be on the mailing list, but occasionally someone takes advantage of the question box, usually to just wish us luck with the funding application, (thank you by the way!); and sometimes some fun is had too.
Here’s my favourite so far – name removed and with their permission to share:

Name:
Email:
I have a question!: Q. Do I have time to write a short story on the theme of time?
A. Yes.
Q. What am I thinking?
A. Only time will tell.
Q. Will I enter? Will I win?
A. Watch this space
please add me to the Arachne Press mailing list: yes

We’ve just passed the 100 expressions mark – thank you everyone, We will let you know as soon as we have news on funding. We will be putting together a crowdfunding pitch so if you feel inclined to support the festival financially, keep an eye out for the information.

Devilskein & Dearlove readings

mr devilskeinPublication date is approaching fast. Which means we have started organising readings. A bit of a challenge with Alex being in South Africa – but does that stop us? No it does not!

You want a signed copy? No problem!

Alex is busy signing book-plates (based on Ed’s brilliant cover design) to be affixed lovingly to your copy, and we’ve got three actors as volunteer readers who can do South African accents, in Malini Stephenson, Peter Noble and Helen Belbin.

Our very first reading is actually the day before publication, at The Story Sessions: Youthful Tales on Wednesday 23rd July, in Hither Green (SE London).

Then we are reading at Balham and Tooting Libraries (SW London) on the same day, 7th August ,2.30 at Balham, 4.30 at Tooting.

Malini is covering those three.

erin dearloveA little later in the year, on 30th September, Peter will be reading for us at Albion Beatnik in Oxford. This is a departure for Albion Beatnik as they don’t stock Young Adult books as a rule – so come along and show Dennis there’s a market! We will be combining this reading with one for our forthcoming poetry anthology The Other Side of Sleep. Rumour has it tea will be served in between, highly appropriate for a book in which drinking tea with a demon changes lives for ever.

Exact timings tba.

If you like the sound of Devilskein & Dearlove and run a bookshop, library, reading group, museum or other suitable venue (a cafe, perhaps?) and would like us to come and read to you, please get in touch.

Good Reads giveaway of Weird Lies

Did we mention? We won the Saboteur2014 Best Anthology award! to celebrate we are giving away 10 copies on GoodReads. Off you go… win, read, review… of course if you already have a copy feel free to review its socks off everywhere you can think of, especially if you voted for us! Some people already have. You have a couple of weeks to be in with a chance.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Weird Lies by Various

Weird Lies

by Various

Giveaway ends July 21, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win