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.

Upcoming readings

Friday 20th October (Tomorrow!) at 7pm Anna Fodorova is reading part of her story Fruit of the Sea from Liberty Tales at London Writers’ Eclective at the Sun Tavern on Long Acre in Covent Garden. (FREE)




On Thursday 26th October at 4pm The Old Woman from Friuli by Ghillian Potts is being read by Good Wolf People at Ashburton Library Shirley Road, Croydon, CR9 7AL

and Good Wolf People are also performing The Old Woman From Friuli at Stanley Halls on Saturday 28th at 1pm (£3)

#Arachne5 at Archway With Words video

It has been a busy time, another set of videos I’ve only just had time to edit and post:

We took part in the Archway With Words Festival back in September, reading from a variety of books at Archway Library. (5 books, 5 authors, for our 5th anniversary…)

Carolyn Eden, Free White Towel, Liberty Tales

Cherry Potts, Mirror, Lovers’ Lies

Wendy Gill, A Little Favour, Shortest Day, Longest Night

Katy Darby, The Horror, the Horror, Stations

Liam Hogan, Crossroads, Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed.

Poetry Book Fair readings – video and audio

We were at the Poetry Book Fair a couple of weeks ago, but it’s been so busy since I’ve not had a chance to get the recordings of the readings up.

Here they are!

Jeremy Dixon Flax, San Francisco, Pearls over Shanghai, and Tabernacle Lane from Liberty Tales

Math Jones (the end of Grithspell) from The Other Side of Sleep

Sarah James At The Hotel de la Lune

Lisa Kelly Daylight Saving Time

Shoreham WordFest: Liberty & Protest videos

We had a lot of fun at Sussex Yacht Club in Shoreham for Shoreham WordFest on Thursday, lovely crowd, great acoustic and though we say it ourselves, some marvellous poems, stories and songs.

Poems by Bernie Howley, Elinor BrooksBrian Johnstone, Jeremy Dixon, Kate Foley and Andrew McCallum; read Carrie Cohen, Elinor Brooks and Greg Page

Stories by Carolyn Eden, Cherry Potts and Liam Hogan read by themselves.

Songs by Sydney Carter, Ali Burns, Albert Nyathi, George Loveless/ Joe Stead and  James Oppenheim; arranged by Melanie Harrold messed around with and sung by a small subset of Vocal Chords Choir, (Cherry Potts, Alix Adams, Bea Jackson, Caroline Dunton, Denise Mueller-Brown and Maria Kirby)

The Privilege of Departure, or Dover Bound, But Delayed by Bernie Howley, read by Carrie Cohen.




Singing We Raise the Watchword Liberty in full with the audience

The second half – stories, and a certain amount of difficulty with the camera cutting out.

Carolyn Eden:

Cherry Potts:

Liam Hogan:

Here’s some feedback from the audience on what they liked (you can hear them joining in on some of the songs)

Well constructed programme, the segues from music into poetry and back again, the variety of interpretations given to the theme of liberty. Bread and Roses, Free White Towel and the promise of a free badge!

Here is an interesting evening, full of fun, wisdom and wit. Hear some moving poems/ stories from those from the past and present combined with our essential liberties.

I love being read to. A very mixed programme which really stimulated my mind and imagination.


variety – the spice of life

I enjoyed the flow of the first half

Loved the storytelling

Singing – chance to join in

Celebrating freedom – and keeping socialist history alive – good songs poems and stories too!

Witty and original writing. Very lively material, good singing.

Live video uploads

We are still testing live video uploading ahead of DUSK. We have a YouTube channel, but we can’t upload live to it unless we have 100 subscribers. So it would help if you could get on over to YouTube and subscribe – we can’t even test without this. You will find lots of lovely video up already to amuse you. We have another channel specifically for Solstice Shorts which we’ve never really used, but we might need both so if you could subscribe to that too that would be great!

We can do Facebook but can’t do anything with the video once it’s there. We’ll be trying that again TOMORROW at Shoreham WordFest where we are reading from Liberty Tales, and singing a few protest songs.

call out for stories and poems for Peace anthology

Call out for stories and poems for an anthology celebrating the centenary of the end of WWI. Publication planned for Nov 2018.

Provisional Title An Outbreak of Peace.

Two free copies of the anthology, and royalties @ 8% divided between all the contributors. e-book royalties @25% of net divided between all contributors.

Open to everyone – unpublished and in English please.
Stories: around 2000 words but anything between 1000 and 2500 accepted.
Poems up to 1000 words.

How you respond to this theme is up to you, and it doesn’t need to be specific to WWI, but we find nothing to celebrate in war, and want a good balance for the book between appropriate commemoration of the dead, relief that it’s over and hope for the future.

Submit via Submittable only, please

Closing date 31st March 2018


#ComingOutDay special offer on Outcome

To celebrate Coming Out Day and the anniversary of publication of Tom Dingley’s photographic portraits Outcome we have a special offer of £5 off until Midnight tonight. head over to the shop to take advantage of this offer.

And a reminder that the last remaining SIGNED copy is up for grabs on our crowd fund

The Old Woman from Friuli, a cancellation and a new date with Good Wolf

We’ve decided to cancel the reading at Shoreham Library on Saturday 14th October due to lack of take up. Sorry to disappoint anyone who was planning to come.

disappointed goats

But we have a reading by Good Wolf theatre company at Stanley Halls in South Norwood on Saturday 28th October at 1pm as part of their Story Time day for younger children. From what they say they seem to be planning to semi-stage it, I am so disappointed I can’t get there to watch, but they’ve promised to video it! Please go along so you can tell me how it went!

There will be a pop up bookshop which will have all our children’s books on sale.

£3 per child per session. Book via Stanley Halls – last time they had an event it filled up in 15 mins, so advisable to book!

We hope to collaborate some more with Good Wolf, so watch this space. (Such an appropriate company to work with, given the wolf theme coming up in book three of The Naming of Brook Storyteller: Wolftalker)

Dusk – creeping forward – with your help?

Hurrah! The Arts Council Funding Application is IN. I can get out of the house occasionally now, while we wait 6 weeks to see if they love our ideas as much as we do.

In the meantime, there are things you can do to help get the festival up and running, and some of them are just clicking  a button or two, and some of them are actively fun!

In the course of exploring YouTube live streaming I find that we can only live stream from mobiles using their app if we have 100 subscriptions to our channel. I think we have about 12 at the moment. So can I ask as many people as possible to head over to YouTube and subscribe! We have two channels, please subscribe to both, as I am not sure yet whether we will need them both in order to manage the multi event extravaganza that is DUSK…  You are in any case, running the risk of missing out on videos from events you can’t get to if you don’t.

(here’s an example)

If anyone works for the sort of company that sponsors events, can you have a think about whether they would like to be judiciously plugged in 12 sites across the UK and on-line all at the same time just before christmas? Especially if there is any tenuous or even concrete connection to time, dusk, or the solstice. And if you think they would, get in touch with details of the right person to approach. Seeking sponsorship is completely out of my comfort zone, so any support on this gratefully received.

If you are a WRITER OR A MUSICIAN and you haven’t submitted yet get a move on!

If you know a writer or musician who hasn’t submitted yet give them a nudge! Please share the link far and wide! https://arachnepress.submittable.com/submit

If you are a SINGER book to come on Val Regan’s singing workshop on 25th November – profits go towards Solstice Shorts.

The deadline is 5th November but we would appreciate it if you submitted sooner rather than later – we are long-listing as work comes in, and if your work is borderline and it gets in early we are actively offering editing advice to push it over the brink into a yes. If you leave it until the day of the deadline, we won’t be able to do that.

You can still support our crowd fund – we hit our target of £1000 but with the costs it will be considerably less than that and it will cost us every penny we can get to make this work. We have some gorgeous rewards put up by our generous authors, I can’t imagine why no one has snapped up that weekend in the highlands for example.

A weekend in Scotland!!!

Please share the Crowd fund far and wide!



Dusk, an update – singing and the fringe!

An exciting ( and frustrating) thing that is happening is that people who hadn’t noticed  until recently what we are up to, have been in touch saying ‘we’d love to get involved and have something in our area’ (Saltburn and Folkstone so far) and we just CAN’T raise enough money for them as well in the time. So we are suggesting they do their own thing and we will support them by including their events in our marketing, but nothing more. Wouldn’t it be great though, if we could raise more, and include them properly?

We may have hit our crowd fund target but we aren’t resting on our laurels, there are 10 days to go yet, and plenty of rewards…

We are going to continue adding rewards to tempt people to join in, the more money we raise the more we can pay the writers, who really don’t do well out of live events despite the fact the events can’t happen without their writing. I’ve had a look at the Writers Guild guidelines and we are now aiming at a minimum royalty for performance of £60. I don’t think we’ll get there but we can try.

Most recent reward added is the singing workshop with Val Regan on 25th November in SE London. Obviously every ticket sold for this will support Dusk, as all the profit we make on it will go towards funding the festival, so really, adding it as a reward is just a way of publicising it. You can get your ticket here, and if you want to buy one at a more supportive price go to our crowd fund where you can pay much more than the ticket price, if you feel inclined to do so