About Cherry Potts

Cherry Potts is a publisher/editor. fiction writer and teacher, event organiser, photographer, book designer, NLP master practitioner, life coach and trainer. She sings for fun. Through Arachne Press she publishes fiction and non fiction and runs spoken word events and cross-arts workshops for writers at interesting venues. Always interested in new opportunites to perform, write or explore writing.

A470 On the Road:Day 4 – Machynlleth – VIDEOS

Videos for day four of our A470 Tour, at Sennedd-dy Owain Glyndŵr in Machynlleth, hosted by galeri a siop lyfrau pen’rallt.

Poet Lowri Williams and editors Sian Northey and Ness Owen read their own and other poems  talk about how A470 came about, the process of creating a bilingual book and the translation decisions they had to make, reading some of their favourite poems from the book in English and Cymraeg, on the way.

Our next date is this coming Thursday 30th June at 7pm, at The National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth details and free tickets

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A470 on tour, Hen Bost, Blaenau Ffestiniog

Videos for day three of our A470 Tour, at Siop Llyfrau Hen Bost in Blaenau Ffestiniog.

Simon Chandler, Sara Louise Wheeler, Haf Llewelyn, Lowri Williams and Sian Northey read their poems in English and Cymraeg, Cherry Potts (in English only) and Sian Northey (both) talk about getting the book together, and the accidental joys of GoogleTranslate (Don’t worry, we had professional translators…)

Our next date is this coming Thursday 30th June at 7pm, at The National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth details and free tickets

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Cherry Potts

Sian Northey

Haf Llewelyn

 

Lowri Williams

 

Sara Louise Wheeler

Simon Chandler

Paper Crusade launch at Keats House captionedVideo 1

We’ve had 2 launches for Paper Crusade this week, first on line, on Wednesday, then at Keats House yesterday.

We’ve recorded everything, and will be sharing as we get it edited and captioned.

Here poet Michelle Penn and editor Cherry Potts talk about the inspirations themes, characters, processes and decisions that went into the making of the book.

Thanks to Keats House for making us so welcome!

you can buy the book in print from our webshop (we are temporarily out of office stock – thank you lovely people who bought so many copies – but will have more by the end of next week, or can get them sent direct from the warehouse)

or as an eBook (EPub) from our new ebook and audio store; Kindle version from the usual place!

Videos of poetry readings to follow!

Launching in Waves: Paper Crusade

We have a few events planned for the launch of Michelle Penn’s book-length poem, Paper Crusade, starting on publication day…

Tuesday 21st June 2022 10:30(ish) an experimental (ie we don’t know if it will work) live zoom to our Facebook page Enchanted Island Books. Michelle will talk about which six books she would save if she was shipwrecked on her island. We will record as well, just in case.

Wednesday 22nd June 2022 19:00 online launch with readings, Q&A, chat and optional audience participation involving Shakespearean insults and Haiku, get tickets

Friday 24th June 2022 18:45 for 19:00 in person Launch at Keats House Library 10 Keats Grove NW3 2RR There will be readings, discussion and cake (very bad for you, anyone whose been to a launch before, you know, everyone else you’ve been warned.) get tickets

A470 on the Road – Pontypridd Videos

Videos from our stop at Pontypridd, at Storyville Books.

Thanks to Jeff for hosting (and excellent cakes…)

Captioned versions ( in English) will be shared on social media as we finish them, but here’s the whole thing in the raw, featuring Siôn Aled, Des Mannay, Jeremy Dixon, Nicholas McGaughey, Stephen Payne, clare e potter and the work of Sian Northey and Ness Owen read by Cherry Potts and Siôn Aled

A470 Lay-by Storey Arms Pass

Gareth Writer-Davies performs his A470 poem Lay-by Storey Arms Pass in the very lay-by that inspired it, although not in the same weather!

and in Welsh, (translation by Sandra Evans)

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A470 Like my Jealousy

Jeremy Dixon performs his poem from A470 on the spot that inspired it, a lay-by just north of Storey Arms Pass in the Brecon Beacons

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A470 Cardiff Library Video

Really, this is just for record, as I forgot the clip to attach phone to tripod, so this is epically shaky, and I was trying to get photos and film.

Short bilingual clips from A470 poems by: Des Mannay, Sion Aled, Sian Northey, Jeremy Dixon, Morgan Owen, Tracey Rhys, Lowri Williams, Christina Thatcher, Kevin Mills, Mike Jenkins and Nicholas McGaughey.

Thanks to Cardiff Library for hosting us!

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Pontypridd Museum by Stephen Payne

We took advantage of being on the (actual) road with A470 to make videos of the poets reading their poems in the places that inspired them…

This is Stephen Payne reading his poem, Pontypridd Museum, in Pontypridd Museum.

Thanks to Pontypridd Museum/ Diolch a Amgueddfa Pontypridd

for permission to film, and for turning off the video they were playing!

We are back on the road at the end of the month!

Popup Event: Plotting for the Future

Plotting for the Future: Survival Renewal and Optimism

Bottleworks Bookshop, 8 Riverside Walk, Byker, Newcastle, NE6 1LX

24th May 2022 19:00-21:00

Free

Join local authors, short fiction writer Lily Peters, and poet Rob Walton, as they read from their recent Arachne Press Publications, Accidental Flowers and This Poem Here.   They will talk about how their very different writing (Science Fiction and poetry) connect in their themes of navigating the personal and political through an imagined, but horribly likely, ecological disaster and an all too real pandemic, to make room for optimism for the future… and an accidental connection through allotments.

Join in with Q&A and an opportunity to write your own 100 word story including at least one of the words Survival, Renewal & Optimism – or a variant of them.

Books will be available to buy at the event – if you can’t make it, head to our shop

Thanks to our sales partners Inpress for setting up this popup bookshop and inviting us to come along.