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.jpgArachne 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!

Group of Acoustic Musicians needed

Group of Acoustic Musicians (minimum 2) wanted for an open rehearsal/ jamming session with writers present. (Unpaid apart from reasonable expenses)

Arachne Press are running a two hour writing workshop as part of Walthamstow Libraries’ Word Festival in November. The Workshop is Writing With Your Ears which looks at how live music can influence and inspire writing (fiction, poetry, maybe even lyrics) – but we need some musicians!

The music needs to be instrumental, and never have had words set to it. The more varied and complex you repertoire the better, original work welcome, or classical/ world/ jazz/ folk… prefer not pop because more people are likely to have associations with it that will get in the way of the creative process.

Musicians should ideally  be used to working together, and would cover a wide variety of instruments, but any combination of acoustic instruments considered. We welcome both amateur and professional groups, students, anyone who loves music and is interested in collaborating with literature programmes. This doesn’t need to be a performance – if you want to play something over several times or discuss it during the evening that’s fine, we’d also love it if you would chat to the writers in the tea break, and perhaps let them have a go at playing an instrument (not things with mouthpieces obviously), and be an audience for what they produce during the workshop.

What’s in it for you? free rehearsal space, publicity, an opportunity to introduce your music to an audience who give you an awful lot of attention, potential for an on-going relationship with Arachne Press for future workshops, maybe playing at book launches, other collaborative events as we think of them (if you have any ideas, glad to hear them). If you have CDs to sell bring them along.

When and where:

Tuesday 12th November 2013 18:30-20:30

North Chingford Library, The Green, Chingford, E4 7EN

expressions of interest to Cherry Potts: cherry(at)arachnepress(dot)com please include links to recordings/ videos/website if applicable

If you can’t make that date, but are interested in the idea, please get in touch anyway, we hope there will be future opportunities.

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…