Claude at Harfleur – The Story Sessions video

A second video from July’s The Story Sessions.

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.

Devilskein & Dearlove launch at The Story Sessions

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!

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

Q&A with YA Author Alex Smith 2 members

Alex will answer your questions live between 7pm and 8pm (British Summertime) – (That’s 8-9pm if …

Books we’ve read





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Share book reviews and ratings with Q&A with YA Author Alex Smith, and even join a book club on Goodreads.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Devilskein & Dearlove by Alex    Smith

Devilskein & Dearlove

by Alex Smith

Giveaway ends July 31, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

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.