The what how and why of Story Cities

At the launch of Story Cities, editors Rosamund Davies, Kam Rehal and Cherry Potts talk about the What, How and Why of bringing the book to fruition.


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#Arachne5 thank you Artists

Over the years (five of them!) we’ve published books (16 of them!) and that’s meant we’ve needed covers.

Some of them I’ve done myself either due to lack of funds or because I had a good idea and a photo that would work, others we’ve had competitions to find artists, and yet more we’ve gone back to artists we’ve worked with because we LOVE their designs. (Some we would like to have gone back to but they aren’t doing book covers any more.)

Mostly they are shy folk and don’t much show their faces, but we still want to give them all a thank you.

Thank you to:

Annie Rickard Straus (Lovers’ Lies)






Zoe Lee (The Other Side of Sleep)






Melina Traub (Mosaic of Air)






Gail Brodholt (Stations)






Lucy Reynolds (The Dowry Blade)






Karen Keogh (London Lies, Foraging)






Ed Boxall (Devilskein & Dearlove, The Old Woman from Friuli)






Kevin Thelfall (Weird Lies, With Paper for Feet, Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed)






Gordy Wright (Brat, and forthcoming: Spellbinder, Wolftalker and possibly A Gift of Rivers – no image yet only asked him this week)

Come to the PARTY on the 8th September.

Tour posters have arrived

This could almost pass for organised.

Tour posters for With Paper for Feet and Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed

Just got to get them out to the venues and other willing post-uppers now.

(both cover designs by Kevin Threlfall btw)


Stretching the #Outcome Crowd Fund target

6 days to go and already we’ve reached our crowd fund target. Tom (our photographer) and I have had a conversation about what we can reasonably stretch to.

SO feeling rather cheeky, but we’ve costed out printing up and mounting A1 copies of 80  for the launch exhibition, many of which would be reused in the touring exhibition.

Shockingly wide variation depending on how we approach it, but we are confident we can do it to the quality we need for £840.

Rather than just sit back we would like go all out to see if we can reach this additional target in the next 6 days!

If you would like to help us reach this further target the crowdfund is here.

Lots of treats available.

Exhibiting Outcome at Student Pride (A2)
Exhibiting Outcome at Student Pride (A2)

posters have arrived

The countdown to solstice shorts Longest Nights continues – The posters and flyers have arrived!

Watch out for them locally. You can book tickets in advance or turn up on the night. Anyone local who can help with displaying a poster (A4) or leafleting streets and businesses in the Greenwich area please get in touch!

flyers &posters

test run with the enormous Solstice Shortsbanner

SolShorts BannerYou buy something on line and when it arrives it is A) ENORMOUS and B) a bit complicated, so the sensible thing is to test how long it takes to put up (8 minutes but it’ll be quicker when I don’t spend three minutes staring at it thinking, that can’t be right – it wasn’t) and take down (3, but then another 5 to pack it all  into its carry case.)

Rather fetching though!

last chance to see…

Our Cover Artists Exhibition at Lauderdale House closes soon, your last chance to see the pictures ‘in the flesh’ is this Sunday. There have been modest sales, but we’d really like all the artists to go away with at least one picture sold. They are a brilliant, diverse lot, and the exhibition looks terrific (though I say it myself, who curated and hung most of it!)

If you are thinking, I can’t possibly afford a piece of original art, then two of the artists have limited edition books with their illustrations in, for a very modest sum, which will obviously be an investment for when they are famous… more info in the catalogue

Obviously you can buy direct from the artists at any time, contact details for all of them here but there is something about seeing their work together, on the wall, that is rather special!

Ed Boxall

Ed Boxall

Annie Rickard Straus

Annie Rickard Straus

Karen Keogh

Karen Keogh

Zoe Ann Lee

Zoe Ann Lee

Melina Traub

Melina Traub

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Kevin Threlfall

The Other Side of Sleep London Launch

We are launching our newest book, The Other Side of Sleep in a series of events over the end of September and beginning of October. This is the (north) London one, being held in conjunction with our very first Art exhibition. The book is another first for us, as it is poetry.We always said we’d do poetry and now here we are doing it. In Style, with Long Narrative poems, minimum 40 lines (if you have ever thought about sending poetry to a publisher or a competition you will understand the significance!) Other launches, minus art work, in Oxford and Brighton, and later in south London, Middlesbrough and Amsterdam!

Osos launch invitation copyJoin poets Adrienne Silcock, Alwyn Marriage, Bernie Howley, Elinor Brooks, Jennifer A McGowan, Jeremy Dixon, Kate Foley, Sarah LawsonSimon Brod, and possibly others for readings, chat, a modest amount of drink, and books, obviously. Possibility of music, possibility of Cake… although it’s a very busy week so possibly not cake. All happening at

The Long Gallery, Lauderdale House, Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill N6 5HG

(REALLY sorry, owing to great age of the house there is no lift to the long gallery).

PLEASE RSVP if you would like to come.

Arachne Press Cover Artists’ Exhibition

We put a lot of thought into our covers, and we really appreciate our cover artists so we decided to give them a bit of an extra thank you, and celebrate their talents with an exhibition.


Running from 1st-12th October, in the Long Gallery at Lauderdale House, Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill, N6 5HG the exhibition is open by appointment (they have lots of classes and meetings booked into the long gallery); just ring 0208 348 8716 to find out when you can get in – don’t be shy, they are very friendly and enthusiastic. Unfortunately it’s a listed building  so althoguh the long gallery is absolutely gorgeous, it isn’t accessible by wheelchair (we tried to find somewhere that was, but costs were utterly prohibitive).

exhibition flierA5b copy

We are holding the private view in conjunction with the launch of our latest book, The Other Side of Sleep on October 1st at 7.30 pm. RSVP to let us know you’d like to come – there will be modest amounts of drink, and readings, and artists and poets to talk to, possibly some music….

Solstice Shorts Festival Supporter T-shirt

Tshirt design for websiteThere will only ever be as many of these T-shirts as there are people ordering them from the crowd-fund campaign, for the excellent price of £16. The more people order them, the more money we make per T-shirt that can go towards the festival. This design is unique to these shirts, we won’t use it for the official merchandise for the festival, so when you wear it, you will be instantly identifiable as the special, generous person that you are! We are aiming at 20, but will definitely not make more than 50. We will get them printed after the end of the campaign, so they should be available by the end of September.