Solar Noon for Solstice Shorts Festival

Having published the long list, and while we work on the shortlist we thought it was time for a bit more info about the festival itself.

Solstice Shorts has been going since 2014 in a variety of guises including last year’s epic UK wide Dusk celebration.

There’s something about the dark time of the year that lends itself to storytelling, and because we are celebrating the shortest day of the year, short fiction is a given. We’ve always had music, and have subsequently introduced poetry (partly because the poets were feeling left out!).

So this year, Noon: the highest the sun gets, which in December, isn’t very far, depending on where you are. In Greenwich, home to Solstice Shorts and the accurate measurement of time, Noon on 21st December will be at 11.58. So I guess we’ll be starting a bit before twelve to make sure we mark it appropriately, although of course, in Aberdeen noon isn’t until 12:06, and Cork 12.31!

We haven’t got all our venues tied down yet, but we plan to live stream again, hopefully to the right sites this year!!

At the moment we have:

Aberdeen: Blackwells 99 High St, Aberdeen AB24 3EN

Edinburgh: (Provisional) Summerhall Arts Centre Cafe 1 Summerhall, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL

Carlisle: The Old Firestation, Peter Street, Carlisle, CA3 8QP

Ynys Mon: Ucheldre Centre Restaurant, Millbank, Holyhead, Isle of Anglesey, LL65 1TE

Greenwich: The Bakehouse Theatre. Age Exchange, 11 Blackheath Village, SE3 9LA

Cork: O’SHO Barrack Street, Cork, Eire

Shortlist will be announced at the end of the month. Shortlisters are:

Jane Aldous, Ness Owen, Cherry Potts, Anne Bevan, Barbara Renel – no one is allowed to vote for poets/authors from their own area (or themselves!) at this stage, once we are choosing whose work to have for the actual performance, then, as the local organisers, they get to decide.

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