Publication day! and Update 3: Funding for BSL Project 19-11-21

Publication day for our Deaf, deaf and Hard of Hearing writers anthology, What Meets the Eye? The Deaf Perspective is here!

Congratulations to all our authors and poets.

Books should be available in bookshops from now. Our distributor has plenty and any bookshop that doesn’t have it in stock should be able to get it within 24-48 hours. Though, obviously, we’d much prefer you to buy direct.

This is an exciting project and we had planned to make the entire book available as BSL videos for free.

What Meets the Eye?

It has proved FAR more complicated and expensive than we first thought, and our budget of £4k [provided by ACE] has proved hopelessly inadequate, despite being based on actual costs for other BSL translation work. We are doing our best to achieve what we set out to do, but it’s a hand to mouth existance, being a small independant publisher – we don’t have assets or savings or a head office to bail us out. We need help urgently.

We told our mailing list about the problem last month, and have been tweeting regularly, and posting here – With book sales added to to the total we have now raised £1193.

[Thank you to the 41 people who have contributed donations, and everyone who has bought books direct recently, you are all stars.]

However we need £2,500 to get close to the ever increasing costs, so this is about half what we need.

 

 

 

 

We have started posting the videos we already have here, some are already captioned, some will have to wait for more funds, but we thought better to have them without captions for now, than not share them at all.

How can you help?

Buy the book buy any of our books, actually, we don’t ringfence the income from them.

Or … (and?) donate! We will do as much BSL as we get money to cover.


 And tell anyone you know who you think would support this. Retweet, share on Facebook or wherever. This started out as an important, exciting, inventive project, and we’d really like to be able to recreate the buzz that the original idea came with.

Update 2: Funding for BSL Project 19-11-21

Publication day for our Deaf, deaf and Hard of Hearing writers anthology, What Meets the Eye? The Deaf Perspective is next week!

This is an exciting project and we had planned to make the entire book available as BSL videos for free.

What Meets the Eye?

It has proved FAR more complicated and expensive than we first thought, and our budget of £4k [provided by ACE] has proved hopelessly inadequate, despite being based on actual costs for other BSL translation work. We are doing our best to achieve what we set out to do, but it’s a hand to mouth existance, being a small independant publisher – we don’t have assets or savings or a head office to bail us out. We need help urgently.

We told our mailing list about the problem last month, and have been tweeting regularly, and posting here – With book sales added to to the total we have now raised £1078.

[Thank you to the 40 people who have contributed donations, you are all stars.]

However we need £2,500 to get close to the ever increasing costs.

 

 

 

 

How can you help?

Buy the book buy any of our books, actually, we don’t ringfence the income from them.

Or … (and?) donate! We will do as much BSL as we get money to cover.


 And tell anyone you know who you think would support this. Retweet, share on Facebook or wherever. This started out as an important, exciting, inventive project, and we’d really like to be able to recreate the buzz that the original idea came with.

There’s some complex number crunching going on, and we will start posting the videos we already have Tomorrow… they will be here

In the meantime we have some really tricky poems, a preface and a long short story that all our translator contacts have passed on as ‘too difficult’ so, if you are a BSL translator, please get in touch!

 

 

Update: Funding for BSL Project

Publication day for our Deaf, deaf and Hard of Hearing writers anthology, What Meets the Eye? The Deaf Perspective is approaching fast. This is an exciting project and we had planned to make the entire book available as BSL videos for free.

What Meets the Eye?

It has proved FAR more complicated and expensive than we first thought, and our budget of £4k [provided by ACE] has proved hopelessly inadequate, despite being based on actual costs for other BSL translation work. We are doing our best to achieve what we set out to do, but it’s a hand to mouth existance, being a small independant publiser – we don’t have assets or savings or a head office to bail us out. We have found a great many dead ends in search of other funding, and we need help urgently.

We told our mailing list about the problem last month, and have been tweeting regularly, and between them that has raised just over £850. However we need £2,500 to get close to the ever increasing costs. We’ve reluctantly cancelled the launch, which even on line, would have been quite expensive, with all the access requirements,  which will help a bit.

As a result of an earlier post here, today we are now at just under £1000

[Thank you to the 39 people who have contributed, you are all stars.]

 

 

 

 

How can you help?

Buy the book buy any of our books, actually, we don’t ringfence the income from them. There has been a flurry of book buying this week, which I haven’t calculated yet, but this will also help.

Or … (and?) donate! We will do as much BSL as we get money to cover.


 And tell anyone you know who you think would support this. Retweet, share on Facebook or wherever. This started out as an important, exciting, inventive project, and we’d really like to be able to recreate the buzz that the original idea came with.

There’s some complex number crunching going on, and we will start posting the videos we already have very soon…

In the meantime we have some really tricky poems, a preface and a long short story that all our translator contacts have passed on as ‘too difficult’ so, if you are a BSL translator, please get in touch!

 

 

Progress on Funding for BSL Project

Publication day for our Deaf, deaf and Hard of Hearing writers anthology, What Meets the Eye? The Deaf Perspective is approaching fast. This is an exciting project and we had planned to make the entire book available as BSL videos for free.

What Meets the Eye?

It has proved FAR more complicated and expensive than we first thought, and our budget of £4k [provided by ACE] has proved hopelessly inadequate, despite being based on actual costs for other BSL translation work. We are doing our best to achieve what we set out to do, but it’s a hand to mouth existance, being a small independant publiser – we don’t have assets or savings or a head office to bail us out. We have found a great many dead ends in search of other funding, and we need help urgently.

We told our mailing list about the problem last month, and have been tweeting regularly, and between them that has raised just over £850. [Thank you to the 37 people who have contributed, you are all stars.] However we need £2,500 to get close to the ever increasing costs. We’ve reluctantly cancelled the launch, which even on line, would have been quite expensive, with all the access requirements,  which will help a bit.

We’ve been looking (rather wanly) for a jazzy animated graphic to display progress, but to be honest, it’s hard to find much enthusiasm for making this ‘fun’, or taking time away from beating heads on brick funding walls.

Here’s what we’ve come up with so far.

As you can see, about a 1/3 of the way there.

Normally at this time of year we are crowdfunding for Solstice Shorts, and we just don’t feel able to do that this year – its too  confusing a message to be raising cash for two different projects – so this is impacting other projects as well. More on our solution to the Solstice conundrum in another post.

How can you help?

Buy the book buy any of our books, actually, we don’t ringfence the income from them.

Or … (and?) donate! We will do as much BSL as we get money to cover.


 And tell anyone you know who you think would support this. Retweet, share on Facebook or wherever. This started out as an important, exciting, inventive project, and it’s really depressing that its ended up where it has.

 

 

Independent Bookshop Week: Emma Lee

To celebrate Independent Bookshop Week, Arachne Press authors and editors are sharing their stories about the bookshops that are closest to their hearts. Emma Lee spoke to us about Five Leaves Bookshop in the heart of Nottingham’s City Centre.

Two poems from my book, The Significance of a Dress, were featured in Five Leaves Bookshop’s “Over Land Over Sea, poems for those seeking refuge” which I co-edited and helped launch. The bookshop was packed and, despite Ross Bradshaw’s grumpy exterior, the atmosphere friendly. There’s a standing joke that the anthology was Five Leaves’ quickest earning book, but the press didn’t see a penny (profits went to refugee charities).

The two poems I read that night, expanded to a collection of eight submitted to Arachne Press for an anthology and form the heart of The Significance of a Dress, which Five Leaves now stocks.

Five Leaves bookshop won the national final for the British Book Awards Independent Bookshop of the Year. It also won a Nottingham Rainbow Heritage Award for its support for LGBT+ communities in the city in 2019. A radical bookshop, it’s hosted Feminist Book Fortnight and other writers’ events. Five Leaves have also supported Lowdham Book Festival and States of Independence in conjunction with De Montfort University in Leicester.

Emma Lee

Independent Bookshop Week is part of the Books Are My Bag campaign and run by the Booksellers Association. It seeks to celebrate independent bookshops in the UK and Ireland. Your local bookshop will have their own way of celebrating this week, and we enthusiastically encourage you to visit, celebrate with them and buy a book! Look at #IndieBookshopWeek to keep up with the campaign and follow @ArachnePress to see all our content throughout the week.

Independent Bookshop Week: Sandra A Agard

To celebrate Independent Bookshop Week, Arachne Press authors and editors are sharing their stories about the bookshops that are closest to their hearts. Today we hear from Sandra A Agard, who is one of the guest editors for our October 2021 anthology, Where We Find Ourselves. Sandra recalls memories of two brilliant bookshops – one still standing, another now sadly closed.

New Beacon Books in Stroud Green Road will always hold a special place for me.

First taken to this bookshop along with Hugh Boatswain by our English teacher, Miss Cowell. We were two young poets and were
very excited to be there.

At this time the bookshop was in the front room of John La Rose’s and Sarah White’s house. I had never seen so many books that
reflected Black Culture. I had never met a Black Bookseller – I was in awe.

I remembered being so shy and John being so kind and engaging. He encouraged us to browse, ask questions and just chill. It was a wonderful experience – one I will always treasure.

Future trips to New Beacon Books followed to purchase books and attend readings. I remember seeing the Jamaican Poet, Lorna Goodison for the first time as well as the Jamaican academic, Dr Carolyn Cooper.

Hugh and I were invited by John to participate in the first International Book Fair of Radical Black and Third World Books in 1982.

New Beacon Books is still going strong I am happy to say providing books of Black Culture and Creativity. Offering so much like an old, trusted friend.

Centreprise in Hackney was more than a bookshop. It was also a literature development hub that offered the community the opportunity to publish their own writings. Autobiographies, poetry, novels and non-fiction were abundant.

It was here I discovered my professional writing voice with the publication of Talking Blues – an anthology by young people.

It was at Centreprise I first saw writers and poets like Kamau Brathwaite, Merle Collins, Rosa Guy, Linton Kwesi Johnson, June Jordan, Andrea Levy, Joan Riley and Ngugi wa Thiong’o.

These readings were exciting, intimate and inspiring. For us young writers and readers it was a brilliant learning curve.

Sadly closed now but what memories those of us who were lucky to pass through its doors will always cherish.

Sandra A Agard

Independent Bookshop Week is part of the Books Are My Bag campaign and run by the Booksellers Association. It seeks to celebrate independent bookshops in the UK and Ireland. Your local bookshop will have their own way of celebrating this week, and we enthusiastically encourage you to visit, celebrate with them and buy a book! Look at #IndieBookshopWeek to keep up with the campaign and follow @ArachnePress to see all our content throughout the week.

Independent Bookshop Week: Lily Peters

To celebrate Independent Bookshop Week, Arachne Press authors and editors are sharing their stories about the bookshops that are closest to their hearts. With Accidental Flowers publishing tomorrow, we caught up with author, Lily Peters: 

As part of my language studies at university, I worked in Asturias, as a foreign language assistant in a secondary school. Every Friday, I would spend an hour teaching English to interested colleagues in the café across the road. Over un café solo, they would question me about life in England:

‘Why do pubs allow dogs and not children?’
‘Does everyone live in a cottage?’
‘Does everyone drink beer by the pint?’

The head-teacher, who was well travelled and wanted us all to know it, would frequently answer for me. I will never forget her description of England: ‘In every town and village, you can always find two things. A pub, of course. And a bookshop.’

Now, as a language teacher, I worry often about the reputation of England in Europe and I clutch on to her description. I think about Kirkdale Bookshop in Sydenham, a stalwart of second-hand books when I was growing up. I remember my first date with my husband, at Barter Books in Alnwick. I transport myself to the award-winning Forum Books, in Corbridge.

Lily Peters

Independent Bookshop Week is part of the Books Are My Bag campaign and run by the Booksellers Association. It seeks to celebrate independent bookshops in the UK and Ireland. Your local bookshop will have their own way of celebrating this week, and we enthusiastically encourage you to visit, celebrate with them and buy a book! Look at #IndieBookshopWeek to keep up with the campaign and follow @ArachnePress to see all our content throughout the week.

Independent Bookshop Week: Lisa Kelly

To celebrate Independent Bookshop Week, Arachne Press authors and editors are sharing their stories about the bookshops that are closest to their hearts. We are delighted to welcome Lisa Kelly to the blog today. Lisa is currently co-editing a new Arachne anthology by Deaf and Hard of Hearing writers called What Meets the Eye.

What Meets the Eye’ is out in the autumn – an anthology of poems and short fiction by Deaf and Hard of Hearing writers based in the UK. Sophie Stone and I are busy working on editing the collection and it is incredibly exciting seeing it come together with inspiring work from established writers such as Raymond Antrobus and Sophie Woolley, as well as poems and fiction from writers we have been excited to discover on our journey.

A big thrill for me would be to see the anthology in the London Review Bookshop. It has a fabulous poetry section downstairs, and it also hosts memorable literary events. It was here that Ray and I launched the Deaf issue of Magma Poetry which we co-edited in 2017. 

The LRB was packed that November night – the audience excited to witness work by Deaf and Hard of Hearing poets, with live captioning and BSL interpreters for an accessible experience. Having ‘What Meets the Eye’ on LRB shelves would feel like completing a beautiful circle.

Lisa Kelly

Independent Bookshop Week is part of the Books Are My Bag campaign and run by the Booksellers Association. It seeks to celebrate independent bookshops in the UK and Ireland. Your local bookshop will have their own way of celebrating this week, and we enthusiastically encourage you to visit, celebrate with them and buy a book! Look at #IndieBookshopWeek to keep up with the campaign and follow @ArachnePress to see all our content throughout the week.

Deaf Awareness Week 2021

Happy Deaf Awareness Week!

A perfect time to announce the contributors to our upcoming anthology, What Meets the Eye? The Deaf Perspective…

Alison Campbell
Ayesha Gavin
Bryony Parkes
Charlie Swinbourne
Clare English
Colly Metcalfe
David Callin
Dee Cooke
Diane Dobson
DL Williams
Elizabeth Ward
Emma Lee
Hala Hashem
Janet Hatherley
Jay Caldwell
John Kefala Kerr
John Wilson
Josephine Dickinson
Julie Boden
Khando Langri
Ksenia Balabina
Liam O’Dell
Lianne Herbert
Lisa Kelly (Editor)
Lynn Buckle
Maggie Arbeid
Marilyn Longstaff
Maryam Ebrahim
Mary-Jayne Russell de Clifford
Melanie Jayne Ashford
Raymond Antrobus (Preface)
Rodney Wood
Sahera Khan
Samantha Baines
Sarah Clarke
Sarah O Adedeji
Sophie Stone (editor)
Sophie Woolley
Terri Donovan

The book is due out in September and will be accompanied by BSL videos for every piece. All the contributors are Deaf, deaf or hard of hearing, and some of the submissions were received in BSL, so there will be translation going on in both directions.

 

BSL poem Arrival by Valerie Bence

Valerie Bence’s poem of maritime superstition and missionaries, written for Solstice Shorts 2019, Time and Tide; translated and performed in BSL by Marcel Hirshman
Background images by Cherry Potts from the special edition of the book available from our webshop

This year’s Solstice Shorts Festival Tymes goe by Turnes will be held online on 21st Dec 2020 8pm GMT