Time and Tide Solstice Shorts 2019 call out

Solstice Shorts Festival 2019

To coincide with the launch (tonight) of Noon, the latest anthology of stories and poems from the festival, we announce the theme for this year.

Now in its 6th Year, Solstice Shorts Festival is once again being held on 21st December – and this year it’s a weekend, so we’ll be looking to fill an entire day (or at least noon to dusk) with short stories, poems and song.

The Theme:
It’s always about time – in the past we’ve done, Longest Night, Shortest Day, Dusk, Noon and just ‘Time’; but this year we are looking back, and picking up on a suggestion from the feedback from the very first festival.

This year our theme is

TIME and TIDE

We are looking for organisers and venues in port cities and towns – either on coasts or on tidal rivers. We already have organisers in London, Our Holyhead collaborators Cybi Poets are on board and we hope our Aberdeen collaborators Intuitive Music Aberdeen will be game for another year of Solstice activity too,  but we would also like to look beyond our own shores and go international, we are in discussion with people in Lisbon, Portugal – let’s see how far we can take the festival this year. [Don’t be shy – it doesn’t need to be a huge complicated thing – if the idea excites you, get in touch and we’ll talk you through it. Nor do you have to keep going all day!]

We are looking for stories poems and songs of making a living on or beside the water, and making new lives over the water so a particular interest in immigration, emigration, diaspora. We would like everything to have an historical slant (though that can be fairly recent history). There is a risk that this could develop a decidedly male voice so we would also like to pick up on the use of Time and Tide [wait for no man] as the title of the Suffragette magazine in the UK, and want to see lots of strong female characters and voices. We also want to see lots of strong BAME characters and voices, so spread the word to your female and BAME writing friends.

Your story/poem/song will be performed live by an actor (or you) at the festival – possibly on multiple sites. We try to live stream to Facebook (technology permitting). Subsequent publication in the anthology with royalties paid (this may include the lyrics of songs if appropriate.)

Maximum 2000 words regardless of fiction/poetry. Songs maximum 5 mins

Closing date 21st June 2019

Songs can be traditional or original, and in any language, provided you send us an English translation so we can tell if it’s appropriate, and need to be performed by their proposer/writer (unless you have someone who can do it for you), so songwriters/musicians need to be able to attend one of the venues.

Story/Poem writers can be from anywhere but your story must be in English or BSL.

We will only accept non-English works if they are linked to a confirmed venue, so hold fire on those until we’ve tied up that side of things, and they must be accompanied by an English translation. Deaf writers can submit a video, blind writers can submit audio files.

No horror/erotica/gratuitous or sexual violence. We mean it, don’t send it.

CLOSING DATE
23:59
21ST JUNE 2019

Dusk: Video – Birmingham – Granda’s Plan

From the Goose in Seely Oak, Birmingham Sherry Morris‘s Short Story for DUSK, Granda’s Plan. There were massive problems with the sound on the video so we had to re-record it. We’ve done our best to match the sound to the BSL, but live, people talk a lot faster!

BSL Interpretation by Emma Dunleavey-Dale

read by Adam Elmi, re-recorded sound, Sam Arrowsmith

The unpublished poems and stories from these events are in the forthcoming anthology Dusk.

You can buy the ebook only from us, now! Print version not in shops until June 21st preorder from us now for pre-pub copies from beginning of May

Dusk: Video – Birmingham – Sometimes a Black Cloud

From the Goose in Seely Oak, Birmingham, Nigel Hutchinson‘s poem for DUSK, Some Times a Black Cloud. There were massive problems with the sound on the video so we had to re-record it. We’ve done our best, but live, people talk a lot faster!

BSL Interpretation by Emma Dunleavey-Dale

reading and re-recorded sound, Sam Arrowsmith

The unpublished poems and stories from these events are in the forthcoming anthology Dusk.

You can buy the ebook only from us, now! Print version not in shops until June 21st preorder from us now for pre-pub copies from beginning of May

 

Dusk: Video – Birmingham – On the Evening Train

From the Goose in Seely Oak, BirminghamFiona Salter‘s Short Story for DUSK, On the Evening Train. There were massive problems with the sound on the video so we had to re-record it. We’ve done our best, but live, people talk a lot faster!

BSL Interpretation by Emma Dunleavey-Dale

reading and re-recorded sound, Sam Arrowsmith

The unpublished poems and stories from these events are in the forthcoming anthology Dusk.

You can buy the ebook only from us, now! Print version not in shops until June 21st preorder from us now for pre-pub copies from beginning of May

 

Dusk: Video – Birmingham – Shortest Day

From the Goose in Seely Oak, Birmingham, Sue Johnson‘s poem for DUSK, Shortest Day. There were massive problems with the sound on the video so we had to re-record it. We’ve done our best, but live, people talk a lot faster!

BSL Interpretation by Emma Dunleavey-Dale

read by Adam Elmi, re-recorded sound, Sam Arrowsmith

The unpublished poems and stories from these events are in the forthcoming anthology Dusk.

You can buy the ebook only from us, now! Print version not in shops until June 21st preorder from us now for pre-pub copies from beginning of May

 

Dusk: Video – Kelston – Granda’s Plan

From Kelston Roundhill near Bristol, some very atmospheric low-fi video (the high quality version lost on someone’s computer after downloading). In collaboration with Bare Bones Collective and Kelston Records, Corinne Harragin reads Granda’s Plan by Sherry Morris for DUSK.

BSL Interpretation Paul Mancini

The unpublished poems and stories from these events are in the forthcoming anthology Dusk.

You can buy the ebook only from us now! Print version not in shops until June 21st preorder from us now for pre-pub copies from beginning of May

Bare Bones Collective

Dusk: Video – Kelston – Dhusurah

From Kelston Roundhill near Bristol, some very atmospheric low-fi video (the high quality version lost on someone’s computer after downloading). In collaboration with Bare Bones Collective and Kelston Records, Elizabeth Parker with Dhusurah for DUSK

BSL Interpretation Paul Mancini

The unpublished poems and stories from these events are in the forthcoming anthology Dusk.

You can buy the ebook only from us now! Print version not in shops until June 21st preorder from us now for pre-pub copies from beginning of May

Dusk: Video – Kelston – Brunel’s Bridge

From Kelston Roundhill near Bristol, some very atmospheric low-fi video (the high quality version lost on someone’s computer after downloading). In collaboration with Bare Bones Collective and Kelston Records, Paul Deaton with Brunel’s Bridge for DUSK

BSL Interpretation Paul Mancini

The unpublished poems and stories from these events are in the forthcoming anthology Dusk.

You can buy the ebook only from us now! Print version not in shops until June 21st preorder from us now for pre-pub copies from beginning of May

Bare Bones Collective

 

Dusk: Video – Kelston – Oh the Dark, the Dark

From Kelston Roundhill near Bristol, some very atmospheric low-fi video (the high quality version lost on someone’s computer after downloading). In collaboration with Bare Bones Collective and Kelston Records, Anna Kissell  with Oh the Dark, the Dark, for DUSK.

BSL Interpretation Paul Mancini

The unpublished poems and stories from these events are in the forthcoming anthology Dusk.

You can buy the ebook only from us now! Print version not in shops until June 21st preorder from us now for pre-pub copies from beginning of May

Dusk: Video – Kelston – At Sky’s Edge

From Kelston Roundhill near Bristol, some very atmospheric low-fi video (the high quality version lost on someone’s computer after downloading). In collaboration with Bare Bones Collective and Kelston Records, Corinne Harragin reads At Sky’s Edge by Helen Slavin for DUSK.

BSL Interpretation Paul Mancini

The unpublished poems and stories from these events are in the forthcoming anthology Dusk.

You can buy the ebook only from us now! Print version not in shops until June 21st preorder from us now for pre-pub copies from beginning of May