Solstice Shorts line up: Aberdeen

Final line up, subject to confirmation from the writers

Aberdeen

Friday 21 December 2018 • 12 noon
Blackwell’s University Bookshop • 99 High Street • ABERDEEN • AB24 3EN

Admission free

Stories
High Noon, Marka Rifat
Mother Hand, Karen Ankers

Poems
Noon Talk, Graham Burchell
An Autumn Noon, Ian Grosz
Arthur Streeton Advises his Students, Mandy Macdonald
I am not Beautiful at Noon, Elinor Brooks
Moon Jellyfish, Ness Owen
On the First Calculation of the Circumference of the Earth, Alison Gerhard
Pocket Watch, Catriona Yule
Sun Beats over New Orleans, Natalie Gasper
Unleashed, Paul Foy

Performers

Readers

Catriona Yule
Haworth Hodgkinson

Musicians: Intuitive Music Aberdeen

Mandy Macdonald (voice and keyboard)
Colin Edwards (voice and guitar)
Haworth Hodgkinson (recorders and percussion)

An Outbreak of Peace: Sarah Tait

Sarah Tait is a Ramsgate Poet, beach-walker and haiku fan. An active member of her local poetry scene in Thanet, Kent, Sarah has been published in a number of magazines, as well as regularly performing her own work.

Sarah will read her poem The Grass is Waking in the Ground at the An Outbreak of Peace launch at Housman’s TODAY 7pm

An Outbreak of Peace: Peter Kenny

Peter Kenny is a poet and playwright, and was co-founder of Telltale Press, and co-editor of Truths, A Telltale Press Anthology. His poetry publications include The Nightwork (Telltale Press 2014) and A Guernsey Double (2010, Guernsey Arts Commission). His latest comedy for theatre was A Glass of Nothing. He blogs at peterkenny.co.uk

Peter will read his poem, War diary in 1/72 scale, at the An Outbreak of Peace launch at Housmans TODAY 14th November 7pm

Solstice Shorts Line up for Carlisle

Carlisle

NOON – Carlisle

Poems
After Hours, Stuart McKenzie
An Autumn Noon, Ian Grosz
Arthur Streeton Advises his Students, Mandy Macdonald
By the Obelisk Sundial Drummond Castle, Jane Aldous
Farewell My Father, Anne Elizabeth Bevan
Fire at Midday, Susan Cartwright-Smith
I am not Beautiful at Noon, Elinor Brooks
Mad Dogs and Englishmen, Laila Sumpton
Moon Jellyfish, Ness Owen
Noon Son, Alison Lock
Noon Talk, Graham Burchell
Still No Name, Marika Josef
Sun Beats over New Orleans, Natalie Gasper
Unleashed, Paul Foy

Stories

#Noon, Su Yin Yap
Mother And Child, Barbara Renel
Noon Child Unknown, Diana Powell
On Kings And Falling, Roppotucha Greenberg
Up On The Roof, Lily Peters

Performers

Barbara Renel and Susan Cartwright-Smith will read their own work and Alex Morrison, Becca Roberts, Esther Ridgway and Owain Lewis will read the work of writers who can’t get there.

 

An Outbreak of Peace: Clare Owen

After working as an actor and arts administrator in London, Clare married a boat builder and moved to Cornwall.  She promptly had three children and set up an improvised theatre company, re-enacting the stories of their audiences around the county.  More recently she has co-written and performed with the all women ensemble, ‘Riot of the Freelance Mind’ and she regularly reads her short fiction at spoken word events and local festivals.  She has just finished her first YA novel Zed and the Cormorants, which will be published by Arachne Press in  2019/20

Clare will read from her story The Cormorant at the An Outbreak of Peace Launch at Housmans TOMORROW 14th December 7pm

AND

at Lost in Books, Quay Street, Lostwithiel, PL22 0BS

on 16th November 2018 6pm

Solstice Shorts line up for London

Final London line up, subject to confirmation from the writers

 

Stories

A Vampire at Noon, Patience Mackarness
High Noon, Marka Rifat
Toast Crumbs, Karen Boissonneault-Gauthier
Under the L, Liam Hogan

Poems
An Autumn Noon, Ian Grosz
Arthur Streeton Advises his Students, Mandy Macdonald
I am not Beautiful at Noon, Elinor Brooks
Mad Dogs and English Men, Laila Sumpton
Noon Son, Alison Lock
Precarious, Michelle Penn
Still No Name, Marika Josef

Performers still under discussion but Marika Joseph and Michelle Penn will read their  own poems, and almost certainly the excellent Carrie Cohen will be helping us out with work by authors who can’t be there in person.

Music also still being discussed.

We are crowdfunding to cover the costs of venue, performers and marketing – if you would like to help out there are some gorgeous rewards go to our kickstarter page just over a week left.

An Outbreak of Peace: Valerie Bence

After a career in academia, Valerie Bence finished a doctorate in her mid-fifties and then moved from academic to creative writing, completing an MA in Poetry in 2016. She works mainly with objects and artworks but writes ekphrastic poems in its broadest sense, encompassing truth, memory, place and time. Time is an especially powerful focus and she finds that writing on significant anniversaries or in real-time brings another dimension to the writing process.

Her first collection Falling in Love With a Dead Man (based on Rembrandt artworks) is to be published in 2019. Valerie lives and works in Bucks.

Valerie will be reading her poem, Light at the London launch of An Outbreak of Peace

at Housmans on 14th November 7pm

An Outbreak of Peace: Karen Ankers

Karen Ankers is a poet, playwright and novelist who lives in Anglesey.  Her poetry collection, One Word At A Time was published in 2017.  Her one-act plays have been performed in the UK, America, Australia and Malaysia.  Her first novel, The Crossing Place, was published in January 2018 by Stepping Stones Publishing. Poems published in Indiana Voice Journal

Karen will read her poem Poppy Day at the An Outbreak of Peace launch at Housmans 14th November 7pm

An Outbreak of Peace: Katy Darby

Katy Darby co-runs the award winning Live Literature event, Liars’ League (www.liarsleague.com) and teaches writing at City University, London. Her first novel, The Whores’ Asylum, was published by Penguin in February 2012. Her personal website is www.katydarby.com.Katy is the co-editor of London Lies, Lovers’ Lies, Weird Lies adn We/She

Katy Darby copyright Jon Cartwright

She has provided us with several stories: Keep Calm and Carry On for London Lies The Horror, the Horror for  StationsCharacter Study and The Fool’s Tale for Liberty Tales,  Hunt and Pray and In the Blind for Shortest Day, Longest Night and Comeback Special for We/She. Katy regularly reads for us in her acting capacity, and runs workshops for other writers on performing their work.

Katy will read from her story, Canary Girl at the An Outbreak of Peace launch at Housmans 14th November 7pm

An Outbreak of Peace: CB Droege

CB Droege is an author and voice actor from the Queen City living in the Millionendorf. His latest book is Peacemaker and Other Stories. Other Recent publications include work in Nature Futures and Science Fiction Daily. Learn more at cbdroege.com

CB has a story in Shortest Day, Longest Night and wil read his story Sown, at the An Outbreak of Peace Launch at Housman’s 14th November 7pm