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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.)

A Carnegie Award Nominated book for Halloween…

The perfect Hallowe’en reading: Devilskein & Dearlove – magic horror and … gardening brought vividly to life in a Cape Town apartment block, by the wonderful Alex Smith.

I had a phone call today to tell me that Devilskein & Dearlove is one of 100 books to be

NOMINATED FOR THE CARNEGIE AWARD.

Devilskeinfront final for bus cardwatch the trailer on Youtube

A Short Story about Time – nominate your favourite

It’s all about time. That’s what we are going to be celebrating at Solstice Shorts Festival, along with the Short Story, and folk music obviously. But the Theme is TIME, that’s why we are holding it on the shortest day of the year, and on the Greenwich Meridian.

timewords copySo, why don’t you tell us about your favourite short story with Time as its theme, or its key player? Use the comments box, so that your suggestions are visible to everyone, and  In the run up to the festival (funding permitting) we’ll showcase the best and most nominated time stories of all time. Actually we might just do it regardless.

They must be published to be eligible, and ideally easily found on t’internet – If you think it might be out of print, try Project Gutenberg…

Vote #WeirdLies in @Saboteur2014

To paraphrase ‘We only have 36(ish) hours to save the world’ or in this case to vote ! you can also visit the book fair at the Jericho on Walton Street Oxford on Saturday 31st May in the afternoon, and come to the ceremony in the evening to witness our triumph – or our smiling-through-adversity-face depending on whether you vote or not. It’s your choice. No Pressure. ‘Other Anthologies Are Also Available.’ (But they probably aren’t as weird as ours.)

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Vote WEIRD

Weird Lies Shortlisted for Sabotage Award!

Weird Lies, our Sci-fi/ Fantasy/ downright peculiar anthology of Liars’ League stories has been shortlisted for a Sabotage award in the Best Anthology category! Get voting and read more about the other awards and nominees on their website. Liars’ League has been nominated in the best regular live lit event too!

And get your tickets for the award event 31st May 18:30 (and book fair in the afternoon – we will have a stall, and Oxford based author Emily Cleaver is reading a snippet from another anthology London Lies)

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I was wondering how to make it look like the skeleton hands were clapping, but it’s beyond me – just imagine it.