Zed and the Cormorants Blog Tour

Schedule showing the dates for the Zed and the Cormorants blog tour

With less than a week to go until publication, we are really excited to launch the blog and instagram tour for Zed and the Cormorants, with the first post going live tomorrow on @a_never_ending_story.

Zed and the Cormorants is a page-turning gothic mystery and contemporary coming-of-age story rolled into one. Perfect for readers aged 12-15, it is the debut novel by Clare Owen.

Zed’s family have moved from London to a village in Cornwall. Dad says they need a fresh start but nobody has asked Zed what she thinks. Maybe their new home will help with Mum’s depression and keep Amy, Zed’s sister, away from her drop-out boyfriend, but why does it have to be so remote?

Why has the boathouse at the bottom of the garden been locked up for seventy years? Why do the birds living by the estuary fill Zed with such dread? And WHAT do they want?

Follow the blog tour on the schedule above to read reviews of Zed and the Cormorants, guest posts from Clare Owen and even some Zed-inspired recipes. Plus, we will be sharing some exclusive content from the book!

Follow all the content from the blog tour here too:

  1. @a_never_ending_story gives Zed and the Cormorants 8/10
  2. Check out @bookslovereader’s beautiful Instagram review of Zed and the Cormorants
  3. Read Clare Owen’s guest post “Why I chose to write YA” on Whispering Stories blog and listen to an exclusive extract of the Zed and the Cormorants audiobook
  4. In just over 180 pages, Claire Owen has crafted a deep and haunting story which covers a range of important topics” says @magnifying_reader
  5. The gothic genre being entwined with the young adult genre made this book really interesting and enjoyable… I think it is a book every school library should stock!” Read Emma Suffield’s full review
  6. “Have you ever read a book and instantly wanted to recreate a tasty treat that was briefly mentioned?” @acupofwonderland created a Zed and the Cormorants themed #bookishbake
  7. “Let me just say that the Rebecca comparison? Spot on!” Dark Heart Books calls Zed and the Cormorants atmospheric, fun and a joy to read
  8. Zed and the Cormorants was a magical, mystical read that had me longing for more.” Read the review on Amy’s Bookish Life
  9. For our final blog tour review, Lucy Jakes give Zed and the Cormorants 4/5, loving the “simultaneously claustrophobic and magical setting” and “creepy cormorants”
Promotional image showing Zed and the Cormorants book cover and blog tour dates (24 April - 2 May)

Longest Night T-shirts

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Arachne directors Cherry & Alix modelling the Solstice Shorts 2015: Longest Night T-shirt

longest night tshirts

the last day of crowdfund

On the last day of crowd fund, the crowd funder offered me
100 Arachne Press books
50 flash fiction greetings cards
30 books of lies
20 solstice badges
19 Longest Night Badges
19 Solstice T-shirts
5 Invites to a Book Launch
4 Original prints**
3 books signed by authors***
3 Professional edits
2 ‘handmade’ stories
and undying gratitude

This Crowd fund ended at 8am Tuesday 1st December GMT but we are continuing here with a rather simpler offering, which will run until the day so it’s not too late to up the funds. Then we can pay the performers closer to the going rate than currently. We are determined we will pay them as much as we can!

** only 3 left

*** 3 authors, at least 7 copies of the books left…

Support Solstice Shorts come to a booklaunch

If you’ve never been to a book launch but always wondered what really happens you are invited to Arachne’s next one, which will be for The Dowry Blade, Arachne founder Cherry Potts‘ Fantasy epic. there are a handful of invitations up for grabs as part of our crowd fund for Solstice shorts Longest Night,

The Dowry Blade is around 170,000 words long, so is coming out in support of its smaller siblings the short story, generally weighing in (for Solshorts anyway) at around 2000 words.

The booklaunch will be in late February, in London – either central or South East, so if you’d like to come along, support our festival! You only have until 1st December to grab an invitation! It may look a bit like this. There will be drink, there may be cake…

meeting authors and eating cake at an Arachne event

meeting authors and eating cake at an Arachne event

Professional edit of your 2000 word story/ novel extract

Another of our offers for crowd fund supporters – a professional edit from Arachne Press managing editor Cherry Potts. For £100 you will get thorough, honest, detailed feedback on up to 2000 words of short story or 2000 word novel extract. £200 a total bargain! Be grateful we aren’t offering you under-editor Julian’s services…

Help us raise enough to run Solstice Shorts 2015, Longest Night by contributing to our crowd fund at Indiegogo.

What our authors have been up to

Part of the ethos of Arachne Press is to celebrate our authors even when they do something with a different publisher.
So here’s a quick round up of what they’ve been doing (that we know about, anyway).
Anna Fodorova recently published her first novel, The Training Patient with Karnac Press.
Bartle Sawbridge has very recently published his novel, A Piece of String.
Bobbie Darbyshire published a third novel, Oz, a while back but we didn’t feature it at the time.
Cathy Bryant is launching her first historical mystery novel Pride & Regicide, a Mary Bennett novel (yes, that Mary Bennett) TOMORROW on facebook
David Mathews has had 3 pieces of flash fiction accepted for the October edition of Flash Magazine, about tea, poetry and love.
Emma Timpany had a pamphlet of five short stories, Over The Dam, published by Red Squirrel Press in April, a result of winning their Sara Park Memorial Short Story Competition in 2013. In July, Cultured Llama Press published The Lost of Syros, a collection of sixteen of Emma’s short stories. She was also shortlisted for The Bristol Short Story Prize 2015; and will be published in the prize anthology on 10 October.
Geraldine Green has been combining being writer in residence at Brantwood in Cumbria with a poetry tour of America.
j.lewis has had literally dozens of poems published since his early outing with us with Grass was Taller in The Other Side of Sleep.
Jennifer A McGowan had some good news – but can’t say what until mid-October. Hmm… intriguing.
Kate Foley was runner-up in the Proms poetry competition and had her poem read by the marvellous Carolyn Pickles on Radio 3. The link here is good for a week or so still I think.
Michelle Shine has a shiny new website: www.michelleshine.co.uk
Paula Read has several projects on the go: she & her daughter, Lily, are putting together an anthology of short stories they’ve written with a French theme. And she’s writing the story of a family member who reinvented herself as an artist after moving to the top of a mountain in Italy! And finally she is working on a story for 11-15 year olds, set in the near future and concerning the fate of dogs.
Pippa Gladhill has a short play WE ARE WEATHER receiving script in hand performance on Monday 19th October  at BORDEAUX QUAY on Bristol Harbourside.

 

Arachne Press popup stall in Forest Hill TODAY

If you are in South East London TODAY, we have a stall at the Vocal Chords gig (Songs from the Sea) at St Saviours Church, Brockley Rise SE23 1JN from 3-5pm

Raising money for the Mission to Seafarers, £5 on the door, come and buy a pre-publication (signed) copy of Devilskein & Dearlove, and listen to us sing some lovely songs.

 

TLW LEXiCON

https://i0.wp.com/tlwlexicon.com/images/banners/topheader.jpg?resize=540%2C60Arachne Press is taking part in TLW LEXiCON in Faversham on 15th & 16th March 2014, with readings from Cherry Potts, Katy Darby and Bartle Sawbridge, and a panel discussion from Katy and Cherry about the collaboration between Arachne Press and Liars’ League. Katy is even doing something about writing historical novels. We will also have a stall so that the good folk of Kent can buy our lovely books!

Towersey Taster

Spent all day rehearsing for the Towersey. Hilarious time reading a very short poem in different voices about thirty times in the field behind the Albany. (If you’ve never been out the back at the Albany, there are free-range chickens, they aren’t a very appreciative audience though).

You can listen to Paul Sherread talking about us writers appearing at Towersey Festival over the August Bank Holiday on Oxford Radio, 

A little bit of chat about Cherry Potts and David McGrath from Arachne, and also Esther Poyer. There’s lots more about the Towersey as well, but Paul is on at 2:11:35.

Arachne at LBF day three

It was noticeably (and literally) quieter yesterday. I actually heard my phone when it went off. The first two days the cacophony was awesome. brief meeting with Keiron from Book Depository, and a saunter round to inspect the stands I hadn’t already looked at, very much with a view to how well are the marketing themselves, rather than what was on offer. So I have an aspiration now, I stopped by the Hachette ‘stand’ and while I was there had a chat with friend Susan Howe who works for Orion and was on the stand opposite.  The thing is, Hachette bring their own BUILDING.

hachette at LBFIt’s a bit like the inside of the Tardis or something from Torchwood, and I want one!

Considering what it cost for my 5th share of a shelf, I don’t think we’ll be doing this kind of style next year but – maybe a little further into the future…