About Cherry Potts

Cherry Potts is a published fiction writer, publisher, event organiser, photographer, cardmaker, NLP master practitioner, life coach and trainer. She is an enthusiastic singer. 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.

Get a Taste for Happy Endings

One of the joys of touring an Arachne book is getting an actor or two involved.

Our most regular contributor this season has been Carrie Cohen reading her own work (she writes as Carolyn Eden) and that of Sarah Evans and of course, Liam Hogan.

Here is a snapshot of Carrie & author Liam Hogan reading from Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed at the launch.

Carrie is joining Liam again for

Tuesday 25/04/2017 7pm Lewisham Library, Lewisham High Street, SE13 6LG (free)
Wednesday 26/04/2017 7.30 Burley Fisher bookshop, 400 Kingsland Road, Haggerston, E8 4AA (free)

ValCon… the convention you weren’t expecting – video

You think you’ve been paid to impersonate a Valkyrie for the computer nerds who think they are heroes, because you are blonde, muscular and really tall – and then you discover there is rather more to the gig than you thought. Is that – actually – Odin?

Louisa Gummer reads an extract from ValCon, one of the stories in Liam Hogan’s debut fantasy short story collection, Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed.

Next Dates on the Tour

Lewisham Lewisham Library on
Tuesday 25/04/2017 7pm , Lewisham High Street, SE13 6LG with Carrie Cohen reading one of the stories (free)

Haggerston, Burley Fisher books on
Wednesday 26/04/2017 7.30, 400 Kingsland Road, Haggerston, E8 4AA with Carrie Cohen reading one of the stories (free)

Oxford: Albion Beatnik on
Friday  28/04/2017 7.30  Walton Street, Oxford, OX2 6AA (£2 on the door)

A busy week with Happy Ending

Next week you have not one, not two, but THREE chances to catch up with Liam Hogan as he has a busy week of touring Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed, plus an unrelated date at Book Showoff.

If you are in or around Lewisham drop into the library on
Tuesday 25/04/2017 7pm Lewisham Library, Lewisham High Street, SE13 6LG with Carrie Cohen reading one of the stories (free)

 

Haggerston, Burley Fisher books on
Wednesday 26/04/2017 7.30, 400 Kingsland Road, Haggerston, E8 4AA with Carrie Cohen reading one of the stories (free)

 

Oxford: Albion Beatnik on
Friday  28/04/2017 7.30  Walton Street, Oxford, OX2 6AA (£2 on the door)

 

 

Get yer readings, they’re luverly. Only three a week, catch em while they’re ‘ot!

Tottenham Court Road Thursday
Books Showoff is a monthly literary comedy night in the basement of Waterstones TCR. Joining compere Steve Cross for April’s edition are:
lots of other people including Liam Hogan
 – London-based writer Liam Hogan will be picking apart the economics of short story writing, using his recently published collection as an example. Trigger Alert: may cause authors in the audience to weep bitter tears.
£5

for those of you who missed it here’s Liam and Louisa Gummer (reading Valcon) at this week’s North Kensington reading.

There will be video eventually, trouble is being had with uploading.

The Painted Platform – video

Actor Carrie Cohen reads from Liam Hogan‘s Short Story The Painted Platform at the launch of his debut collection Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed

When you are in danger and don’t know what to do, keep walking until you find a woman who does.

Carrie is joining Liam again for readings at Lewisham Library on 25th April

and Burley Fisher Books on 26th April.

Your next chance to catch Liam reading (in company with Louisa Gummer) is TONIGHT! 20th April at North Kensington Library 6pm

To Be A Hero – video

The magnificent Carrie Cohen get’s her cackle on for To Be A Hero

Why would you want your child to be a hero… especially when there’s all that sacrifice involved?

Videoed at the launch of Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed by Liam Hogan, at the Old Church, Stoke Newington.

Carrie is joining Liam again for readings at Lewisham Library on 25th April

and Burley Fisher Books on 26th April.

Your next chance to catch Liam reading (in company with Louisa Gummer) is 20th April at North Kensington Library 6pm

 

 

Happy Ending: The Next Tour Date: Kensington

Liam Hogan is touring readings from his collection of eerie, darkly unsettling and frequently funny, fantasy stories, Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed

Join us at North Kensington Library, 108 Ladbroke Grove  W11 1PZ at 6pm on Thursday 20/4/2017

For this performance Liam is joined by actor Louisa Gummer

‘Deliciously Twisted’

In the realms of fantasy, it is foolish to upset the wee folk, downright dangerous to incur the curse of a witch, and above all, it is perilous to ignore a warning.

Happy Ending Not Guaranteed
Contains twenty-seven stories of dark fantasy, from chess-playing automatons to smooth-talking Celtic faeries; from the Longitude Act of 1714 to the End of the World (in fractal form). Bad Kings, bad demons, and bad days abound.

There is humour even in darkness. You just have to look harder for it.

#ACEFunded

Bad Day… for some

another video from the launch of Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed. Liam Hogan reads

BAD DAY

 

You can BUY a COPY here

or catch more readings from Liam (and friends) on the tour

Wednesday 12/04/2017 7pm for 7.30pm Basildon Library The Basildon Centre, St. Martin’s Square, Basildon, SS14 1EE (free)
Thursday 20/4/17 6pm North Kensington Library, 108 Ladbroke Grove, W11 1PZ with Louisa Gummer reading one of the stories. (free)
Tuesday 25/04/2017 7pm Lewisham Library, Lewisham High Street, SE13 6LG with Carrie Cohen reading one of the stories (free)
Wednesday 26/04/2017 7.30 Burley Fisher bookshop, 400 Kingsland Road, Hoxton, E8 4AA with Carrie Cohen reading one of the stories (free)
Friday  28/04/2017 7.30  Albion Beatnik Walton Street, Oxford, OX2 6AA (£2 on the door)
Wednesday 03/05/17 Teashop Tales Queenswood Cafe, Queens Wood Lodge, 42 Muswell Hill Road, London, N10 3JP (£5 on the door)
Thursday  04/05/2017 8pm West Greenwich Library, Greenwich High Road, SE10 8NN with Lisa Rose reading one of the stories (free)
Wednesday  17/05/2017 7pm The Story Sessions, Brockley Deli, 14a Brockley Cross, SE4 1BE with Annalie Wilson reading one of the stories. (free)

Statues ruffle feathers – video

Another video from the Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed launch, Liam Hogan reads Feathers

You can BUY a COPY here

or catch more readings from Liam (and friends) on the tour

Wednesday 12/04/2017 7pm for 7.30pm Basildon Library The Basildon Centre, St. Martin’s Square, Basildon, SS14 1EE (free)
Thursday 20/4/17 6pm North Kensington Library, 108 Ladbroke Grove, W11 1PZ with Louisa Gummer reading one of the stories. (free)
Tuesday 25/04/2017 7pm Lewisham Library, Lewisham High Street, SE13 6LG with Carrie Cohen reading one of the stories (free)
Wednesday 26/04/2017 7.30 Burley Fisher bookshop, 400 Kingsland Road, Hoxton, E8 4AA with Carrie Cohen reading one of the stories (free)
Friday  28/04/2017 7.30  Albion Beatnik Walton Street, Oxford, OX2 6AA (£2 on the door)
Wednesday 03/05/17 Teashop Tales Queenswood Cafe, Queens Wood Lodge, 42 Muswell Hill Road, London, N10 3JP (£5 on the door)
Thursday  04/05/2017 8pm West Greenwich Library, Greenwich High Road, SE10 8NN with Lisa Rose reading one of the stories (free)
Wednesday  17/05/2017 7pm The Story Sessions, Brockley Deli, 14a Brockley Cross, SE4 1BE with Annalie Wilson reading one of the stories. (free)

 

Outcome heads north again: Sheffield Exhibition in May

Sheffield here we come!

The lovely people at Sheffield Hallam University/Sheffield Institute of Arts and Signal, Sheffield Hallam’s LGBT Staff forum are hosting OUTCOME for just under a fortnight in the run up to IDAHOT (we couldn’t manage the actual date, I think we’re in Harrow again that day… and SIA have another exhibition booked)

The Atrium
Cantor Building
Sheffield Hallam University
153 Arundel Street
Sheffield
S1 2NU

Tom will be hanging the exhibition on 2nd May, and the official launch is 3rd May 6pm.  Expect readings from Lesbian Poets Kate Foley (who is in Outcome) and Joy Howard, and songs from Sheffield’s own brilliant LGBT choir, Out Aloud.

We finish up with a studio day on the 12th May, when Tom will take photos of people who want to join the portfolio of fabulous LGBT people already featured in the project, and be part of the exhibition on it’s next outing. If you want to book a slot contact Tom @OutcomeLGBT tom_dingley@hotmail.co.uk.

Happy Launch Guaranteed

Carrie Cohen helping out with ‘To Be A Hero’, and ‘The Painted Platform’… a good choice to read at height.

‘Unaccustomed as I am to pulpit speaking…’

The queue for a signed copy

They may not be great photos but we had a lot of fun launching Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed on Thursday. Thank you to everyone who came and bought books in large numbers, even the local cat came in to check it out, though he was let off buying a book.

Liam reading The Giant, Snow White

Join us at Basildon Library 7pm on Wednesday 12th April for more live readings from Liam.