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.

Another Time and Tide Crowdfund reward – CAKE

CAKE!

A popular reward, handmade to your specification, by Arachne editor, Cherry. Gluten free or vegan available (not sure we can manage BOTH, to be honest) as well as the full fat varieties. Often lopsided, but always tasty.

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Only available to people within easy reach of our SE London kitchen, (you wouldn’t believe the rigmarole involved in taking a cake (safely!) to Edinburgh by train…)

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Obviously you might want to just have a cake anyway (hungry?), but if you get one from us you will be supporting Time and Tide, the 2019 Solstice Shorts Festival, 6 port towns graced with historical stories, poems and music about the sea on 21st December 2019.

Take a look at the crowdfund here

Happy Publication day, Jane Aldous

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Happy Publication day, to Jane Aldous, as her debut poetry collection, Let out the Djinn hits the streets.

See you at Lighthouse Radical Bookshop in Edinburgh at 5pm on Saturday

for the launch!

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Cake in preparation

Order your copy direct

Announcing LAUNCH of Departures

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clever cover by Kevin Threlfall

We are in the countdown to Departures lift off! We almost have the books (at the printers, preorder a copy here). We have the venue. We have the invitations!

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We have readings from Carolyn Eden, Nicolas Ridley, David Mathews, Barbara Renel, Liam Hogan Joan Taylor-Rowan, and Gloria Sanders, and maybe more.

Join us to celebrate at Brockley Brewery, 31 Harcourt Road, Brockley, SE4 2AJ

Nearest station Brockley. Buses 171, 172 stop almost on the corner.

21st November 2019, 7 for 7.30. There will be cake, and beer. Everything free (apart from the beer.) Everyone welcome, please RSVP so that we know who is coming.

Time and Tide Crowdfund rewards T Shirt

Everyone (well, almost) loves a T-shirt, so we design one every year to raise funds for Solstice Shorts.

Get your limited edition Time & Tide T-shirt. We may add the Solstice Shorts logo

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somewhere, but this is roughly what they will look like.

T&T tshirt

Size S-3XL, men’s cut. Tends to come up a bit small so if you don’t like figure hugging, order up a size.

We need the crowd fund – it counts towards match funding, which helps us get Arts Council (and other funding), and if we don’t get Arts Council funding, this is pretty much all we have for venues and performers and marketing.

Take a look at this and other great rewards over at Kickstarter

 

Story Cities reviewed on Sabotage

And they liked it…

…a true reflection of the metropolitan experience…

 

Next time you sit down in your favourite cafe, or when you pop in some earbuds as you settle into a plastic chair on the metro during your commute, make sure you have a copy of this anthology.

read more of Kristin D. Urban‘s review here

Spider anthology for our 8th Anniversary

Caution, contains spiders.
August 2020 (eighth month) is Arachne Press’s eighth anniversary. We are preparing an eight-legged arachnid inspired anthology.
Stories and Poems featuring spiders.
I’m going to make it difficult for you – NO spiders to be killed (except possibly whilst heroically defending…) This is not a venue for spiderhaters to vent their angst.
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Meet Mildred, currently resident in the garden of Arachne Towers

Think Charlotte’s Web or Leese Webster for adults, Spider as hero, not spider as villan.
Length:
Stories: shorter the better, but for something exceptional we’d push the boat out. ABSOLUTE max @3-4000 words.
Poems: whatever works for you. Eight lines? Sixty four lines? Concrete poems? Invent a new arachnid form!
Experimental:
Yes, if you want to play around with the eight idea, we’re open to playing along, especially in poems.
Genres: Spider fantasy, spider whodunnit, spider romance, spiders in space (why not?) Open to most things with the exception of the following: Avoid twee, please. NO EROTICA. NO HORROR. NO GRATUITOUS VIOLENCE NO SEXISM, RACISM, HOMOPHOBIA… you know the drill. We mean it, so just don’t do it. We’ll put you on a list if you do, and send the spiders to get you.
Reprints: We much prefer original work, but will consider magazine reprints. If it’s in a book, then no, unless it’s out of print and you retain the copyright. So check first, and make it clear it is a reprint and where it was before, and when.
CLOSING DATE 23:59 8th January 2020.

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Time & Tide Crowdfund rewards Badges

Badges we do them for most of our books and festivals

They come in a set this year, if you want, T&T; and if you ask VERY nicely and order 9 badges we’ll do a complete T I M E & T I D E set.

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…or you can have one of our earlier designs. Head over to Kickstarter and pledge to help us get Solstice Shorts 2019, Time and Tide up and running.

 

 

 

Kickstarting Solstice Shorts 2019

It’s the time of year when we fundraise for Solstice Shorts Festival. This year our theme is Time and Tide.

Fortunately, although it is a lot of work for us, it is fun for YOU.

Come and Sing!

London Sea Shanty Collective, who will be performing at the Greenwich session of Time and Tide, are running a sea shanty workshop for us on Saturday 23rd December at our usual singing workshop spot, St Hilda’s Church Hall, in Crofton Park. No experience necessary! If you are coming to the festival there might be an opportunity to join in! Lots more details here

And there’s a Kickstarter campaign, with lots of daft rewards, and some at least notionally useful. For example, get a copy of the special limited edition anthology of poems and stories, which will not be available to the general public, they will get their own version (just as lovely, but different) in March. lots more info here

We’ll be hilighting other extraordinary rewards over the coming weeks. It’s all or nothing funding, and counts towards match funding, without which we will not get funding from the Arts Council. A bit of a dominoes situation…

 

 

 

 

National Poetry Day 2019 – Truth

It’s National Poetry Day, and the theme this year is Truth.

To celebrate, here is a poem from Jane Aldous’s  debut poetry collection, Let Out the Djinn,  which is (let) out next week, on 10th October 2019.

 

How it was

Parcelled up in waistcoat and gun belt,
I killed every adult at point blank range.

I wandered out in sea-fog and kissed
a girl in a concrete shelter.

I searched the Bible and dictionaries
for someone like me.

With acne raging I bought chocolates
for the groundkeeper’s daughter.

I wrote to Woman’s Own.
Miss Crocker, the Chemistry teacher

played cricket for England, wore black leathers
and rode a 1500cc but for a while,

my heart belonged to Mrs Dunball
our English teacher.

I wondered if Miss Crocker and Miss Mulvaney
lived together and if they did, did anyone mind?

One day I told the groundkeeper’s daughter
I loved her and she said don’t be silly.

After that I kissed girls in draughty flats, cars,
and on sticky dance floors.

I read The Well of Loneliness as a rite of passage.
I had words for who I was and didn’t like them.

I didn’t like the poisonous letter, being sent
for a healing, or reading Miss A loves Miss D

chalked on the blackboard, or my mother shouting
It’s all about bed isn’t it! or Clause 28.

I never wanted a name to describe myself,
never wanted to feel: less than, unentitled.

And now looking back, my ghosts seem like
standing stones, silent crows,

they’ve done their worst, they’re only stories
now.

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Join us at the launch, with readings and cake, at Lighthouse bookshop in Edinburgh at 5pm on the 12th October.

Inspired by Lady Hale – a Spider anthology for our eighth anniversary

Inspired by Lady Hale I’ve been buying spider brooches (and that T-shirt that’s also supporting Shelter), like a mad thing, and then I thought…

Next August (8th Month) is Arachne Press’s 8th anniversary. What about an eight-legged arachnid inspired anthology?

Get writing, I’ll put a proper call out later in the week but maybe 2000 words-ish, deadline January-ish.

I’m going to make it difficult for you – NO Horror, NO spiders to be killed.

Think Charlotte’s Web for adults, not Arachnophobia. Some sort of homeless connection too? More when I’ve had time to consider properly.

I’ve resisted the temptation to use a close-up photo of a spider here. Imagine one.