Alix Adams reads from Marjorie Phillips‘ historical adventure young adult novel, Claude at Harfleur. Set during Henry V’s campaign in Northern France and featuring 12-year-old tearaway Claude. Originally written in the 1950s, and published posthumously by Curved Air Press (curvedairpress(at)ntlworld(dot)com). We have a few copies available at Arachne, if you’d like a copy, get in touch.
So: It’s publication day! Here’s Malini Stevenson reading a section at last night’s launch, at The Story Sessions. we tried to get author Alex Smith on Skype from South Africa, but the line was very unreliable, so those odd noises in the background are the computer constantly dropping out and redialing, sorry!
To celebrate you can: watch this video, or the trailer, or read interviews and Q&A’s with Alex here, here and here, or listen to Cherry Potts talking about the book on Croydon Radio, or come along to one of the other readings …and, of course, you could BUY a copy, either direct from us, or from your favourite local bookshop! Oh, and we’re doing a giveaway on goodreads, but you need to be quick, it’s only til 31st July.
Aimed at 12-16 year-olds but enjoyed by anyone from the age of 9-900!
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 theCafe 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’.
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.
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
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:
I have a question!: Q. Do I have time to write a short story on the theme of time?
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.