Quiet Man Dave

We published Dave Murray in Story Cities, and were saddened to hear of his death not long after publication, so we are delighted to alert writers to a new Flash prize in his name, the Quiet Man Dave prize, organised by Manchester Writing School. A very appropriate memorial.

 

 

 

Fiction Shortlist for Time and Tide

Here we go!

the fiction shortlist for this years Solstice Shorts Festival ,Time and Tide is

(drum roll)

Barbara Renel
Cathy Lennon
CB Droege
Cindy George
Diana Powell
Elizabeth Hopkinson
Emily Bullock
Eoghan Hughes
Holland Magee
Juliet Humphreys
Kilmeny MacMichael
Linda McMullen
Maria Kyle
Matthew Keeley
Neil Lawrence
Paul Foy
Pauline Walker
Rob Walton
Roppotucha Greenberg
Sheila Lockhart

Congratulations everyone.

POETRY Shortlist for Time And Tide

Congratulations to shortlisted Poets:

Alison Lock
Angel Warwick
Carl Alexandersson
Christine Ritchie
Claire Booker
Elinor Brooks
Eliot Hudson
Emma Lee
Holly Blades
Iain Jaeger
Ian Macartney
Ivonne Piper
Jane Aldous
Jenny Mitchell
Jn Nucifera
Jo Gale
John Richardson
Joy Howard
Julie Laing
Juliette Sebock
Kate Foley
Laura Potts
Lizzie Parker
Lynn White
Mandy Macdonald
Math Jones
Melissa Davies
Michelle Penn
Ness Owen
Nick Westerman
Olivia Dawson
Reshma Ruia
Sara Elgerot
Sarah Tait
Savanna Evans
Simon Whitfield
Steven Jackson
Terry Conway
Thomas Osatchoff
Thomas Tyrrell
Valerie Bence
Vivien Jones

It’s still quite a long list! but we do have several sites to accommodate. If you sent more than one poem we will be in touch individually to let you know which has been shortlisted.

We are still working on the stories, and hope to have them shortlisted by the weekend.

The next stage is for the individual organisers to choose which pieces they want performed at their site, across 4 countries – England, Wales, Scotland and Portugal.

 

Solstice Shorts Festival SHORTLIST for NOON

Here is the shortlist for Solstice Shorts Festival:

Poems

A Change in the Weather, Colin Dardis
After Hours, Stuart McKenzie
An Autumn Noon, Ian Grosz
Angelus At Noon, Patricia McCaw
Arthur Streeton Advises his Students, Mandy Macdonald
By the Obelisk Sundial Drummond Castle, Jane Aldous
Farewell My Father, Anne Bevan
Fire at Midday, Susan Cartwright-Smith
High Summer at Fionnphort Bay, Seth Crook
I am not Beautiful at Noon, Elinor Brooks
Mad Dogs and English Men, Laila Sumpton
Moon Jellyfish, Vanessa OwenNoon Son, Alison Lock
Noon Talk, Graham Burchell
On the First Calculation of the Circumference of the Earth, Alison Gerhard
Pocket Watch, Catriona Yule
Precarious, Michelle Penn
Ravens At Noon, Paul Waring
Still No Name, Marika Josef
Sun Beats over New Orleans, Natalie Gasper
The Mind is Made to Drink the Sun, Edward Venning
The Sun Suspended, Derek Crook
Twelve o’Clock From The House, Nicholas McGaughey
Unleashed, Paul Foy
Winter Ritual, Sara Elgerot
Winter Solstice, Gareth Culshaw

Stories

#Noon, Su Yin Yap
A Vampire At Noon, Patience Mackarness
Always Noon, James Woolf
And The Phone Went Tick Tock, Ian Richardson
Dinnertime Dance, Cindy George
High Noon, Marka Rifat
Mother And Child, Barbara Renel
Mother Hand, Karen Ankers
Jackdaw, Elaine Hughes
Noon Child Unknown, Diana Powell
On Kings And Falling, Roppotucha Greenberg
Toast Crumbs, Karen Boissonneault-Gauthier
Under The L, Liam Hogan
Up On The Roof, Lily Peters
Veranda, Clare Shaw

Our regional organisers are now picking their set lists which will create our finalists. There is always the possibility, with some venues having performers to read on behalf of the writer, that some work could be performed at more than event on 21st December. We hope to be able to announce the final list of stories and poems soon, but definitely within the next fortnight.

Crowd fund books to support Solstice Shorts 2015: Longest Night

So, you know we’re a publisher, right? So obviously we sell books. However, any books ordered through our Crowd Fund Site between now and 1st December will directly support our Longest Night Event.

We have short story anthologies: (Award winning )Weird Lies, Lovers’ Lies and London Lies (buy all three for £25, or separately for £10 each) also Stations and Solstice Shorts: Sixteen Stories about Time all at £10

lies books

We have poetry anthology The Other Side of Sleep also £10

We have SIGNED copies of Mosaic of Air by Cherry Potts (Short Story collection), Carnegie Nominated Devilskein & Dearlove by Alex Smith (YA Fantasy Novel) and The Don’t Touch Garden by Kate Foley (Poetry collection)  all at £15

Devilskein signed

All make excellent christmas (or Solstice!) presents. You have until MONDAY 1st December to support the Solstice Shorts Festival: Story & Song for the Solstice.

 

Devilskein & Dearlove Lewisham reading with Peter Noble

Video

The last of the readings before we hear whether we’ve been long-listed for the Carnegie Medal (announcement will be on Tuesday)…

Cape Town born Peter Noble takes up the Devilskein challenge, at Lewisham Library. Peter it turns out went (we think!) to the high school Erin is forced to attend, a little later into the book than this extract.

Devilskein and Dearlove readings at Brentwood and Newham- reporting back!

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Press coverage of the reading at Brentwood Theatre (with slightly exaggerated audience number in the headline!!) Thanks to Chicken & Frog for organising!

Recording from an early section of the reading by Greg Page at Brentwood Theatre

Video snippet of Greg Page reading at The Gate Library, Forest Gate.

Arachne Press is doing another actor reading of our CARNEGIE MEDAL NOMINATED Young Adult novel, Devilskein & Dearlove this coming Thursday 5th Feb 7.45 for 8 til 9.30 at Lewisham Library 199-201 Lewisham High Street SE13 6LG.
It’s an intoxicating mix of gardens and demons, doors within doors, tragedy and hope. Great for anyone from age 9 to 900, and especially anyone who loves fantasy.
Join publisher Cherry Potts of Arachne Press and actor Peter Noble for the reading with video Q&A from the author Alex Smith, showing of the animated trailer and live Q&A from the publisher.
We will find out if we are LONGLISTED for the Carnegie Medal a couple of days later…

Free but booking advisable at EventBrite (this is purely to control numbers, don’t be put off coming by the need to get a ticket!)

February Events: Devilskein & Dearlove at Lewisham Library

Join us at Lewisham Library
199 201 Lewisham High Street
SE13 6LG

on Thursday 5 February from 20:00 to 21:30

Come and hear actor Peter Noble read from Alex Smith’s Carnegie Prize nominated tale of Erin Dearlove. From living grumpily with her bohemian Aunt Kate, Erin’s life changes when she goes to tea with Mr Devilskein, the demon who lives on the top floor. A fantastical story aimed primarily at 12-18 year olds, but in the tradition of former Carnegie medal winners Phillip Pullman, Terry Pratchett and CS Lewis entirely suitable fro anyone aged 9-900 and there is plenty for adult readers and listeners to savour.

This is a free event but please pre-book your tickets

Watch the YouTube trailer for Devilskein & Dearlove

We will have a novel Q&A on the night (like skype without the technical hiccups) – as Alex Smith lives in South Africa and isn’t able to be with us. We have asked people to get questions in early so that Alex can record her answers for the event.

Devilskeinfront final for bus card

Devilskein & Dearlove goes on tour

mr devilskeinWell, very nearly – do three dates constitute a tour?

We are doing readings of our CILIP Carnegie Medal Nominated young adult novel Devilskein & Dearlove by Alex Smith at:

Brentwood Theatre 15 Shenfield Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 8AG (in partnership with Chicken & Frog Bookshop)
Wednesday 21st January 2015 13:30, with Greg Page (who voices Mr Devilskein on our animated trailer) reading. We will show the trailer,  together with a video of author Alex Smith answering questions from Cape Town, South Africa) and Cherry Potts, Arachne Press owner will talk a little about publishing.
£10 including a copy of the book

The Gate Library 6-8 Woodgrange Road, Forest Gate, London E7 0QH
Thursday22nd January 2015, 11am with Greg Page taking the reader’s role. We will show the trailer,  together with a video of author Alex Smith answering questions from Cape Town, South Africa) Free.

Lewisham Library, 199-201 Lewisham High Street SE13 6LG
Thursday 5th February 2015 8pm with Peter Noble reading. Free.

erin dearlove

Ask Alex some questions about writing, Devilskein & Dearlove, or secret gardens…

We have actors to read because author Alex Smith is in South Africa. We have tried doing live video link-ups but there are too many variables, and it tends not to work, so we are doing some filming in advance, and we need your questions!

If you are coming to any of these events (or even if you aren’t) and would like to ask Alex a question, please use the form below, or tweet us at @Devilskein, BEFORE CHRISTMAS. Then Alex will record her answers and we can play them at the events, and put the video up on the website afterwards. (At the moment this will only happen at Brentwood Theatre, but we will see whether the libraries have the facilities to do the same.)

And the Winners Are…

To celebrate National Short Story Week, the winners of the Solstice Shorts Festival Short Story Competition were announced last night at the Story Sessions

COMPWINNER email

(Trumpets, drum roll, searchlights… you know, that sort of thing)

Congratulations to:

Andrew Gepp
Cindy George
David Mathews
David Turnbull
Deschaney Tate
Emma Timpany
Helen Morris
Jayne Pickering
Pippa Gladhill
Sarah Evans
Tannith Perry
William Davidson

We are delighted to congratulate our twelve winners, who will receive various prizes including a surprisingly untacky trophy, and whose stories will be read at the festival, and published alongside a story from each of the judges in the forthcoming anthology, Solstice Shorts: 16 stories about time.

Five Judges Special Recommendations will be announced at the festival at SUNSET.

Thanks to everyone who took part (all 106 of you), we appreciate your interest in our festival which we hope is the first of many, so there will be other opportunities in the future.

Short-listed writers will receive brief feedback sometime next week.