First video of Story Cities live flash

Ahead of tomorrow’s launch, here is Slim Odds by Laura Besley, read by Kam Rehal at Greenwich Book Festival last Saturday. Lots more like this tomorrow…

Story Cities Launch Party Tomorrow

Very excited about the launch party tomorrow for Story Cities… Kam has been busy decorating the Stephen Lawrence Gallery

and I’m currently baking a cake that will NOT be big enough for 100+ people.

There are 20 tickets left for this free event, so if you were dithering, get a move on.

I forsee lots of selfies in front of that wall…

And we have lots of readings and refreshments, in fact we have so much to get through that you really need to be on time!

7pm open, 7.15 introductions

7.30 first set of readings, Annabel Banks, Evleen Towey, Jasmin Kirkbride, Shamini Sriskandarajah , Jayne Buxton, Rosamund Davies

8pm CAKE and book sales (you can buy books before then but, you know, this is the perfect opportunity);

8.30 second set of readings, Máire Malone, Roland Denning, Maja Bodenstein, Cherry Potts, Nic Vine, Miriam Sorrentino

9pm close.

The Knotsman – The route the trouble takes

A series of poems that make up the core of the collection by Math Jones, The Knotsman.

In which lovers are separated, by the undoing of a knot, and the Knotsman discovers the consequences.

The Tide is ebbing

Submissions for Time & Tide close on Friday. We’ve been going on about this for a week or so, and are getting tired of the sound of our own voices, so we aren’t going to remind you  (not here, anyway) again. Get your oar in the water and start paddling.

Historical, marine and riverine (is that a word?) theme, with strong female characters.

Stories and poems, ESPECIALLY stories, we’ve had a lot of poetry in: 2000 word limit, original, unpublished and in English, BSL, Portuguese, Scots Gaelic, Doric, or Welsh – with an English version for anything not in English.

Songs to theme in any language, send us a translation though, 5  min maximum, Original or Traditional – nothing that is someone else’s copyright. You, or someone you’ve organised to do it, needs to be able to perform at one of the venues: Aberdeen, Glasgow, Maryport, Holyhead, Greenwich, Hastings, Lisbon and possibly Brighton.

https://arachnepress.submittable.com/submit

 

To get you in the mood here’s video of Michelle Penn reading Ian Grosz’s poem Autumn Noon, from last year’s festival, Noon; performed at Brockley Max Festival at Brockley Brewery.

 

 

 

The Knotsman in church

The Knotsman took up residence at St Hilda’s Church for Brockley Max at the beginning or the month.

Math Jones read about an hour’s worth of material from the book, which gave time to explore different strands, over the next few days we will be pulling together those strands in most a un-knotsman-like way, and see what happens.

Here are a couple of church related pieces

I owe that Mother Lichgate ha’f a shillin’

and

The Undoer of Knots

For NFFD Brockley Max does Solstice Shorts Stories

Today is National Flash Fiction Day, so we’re sharing some of our latest live flash fiction with you… scrooooll down!

Also several of Arachne’s authors are taking part in FlashFlood today

And we kick off our launch events for Story Cities (max 500 word flash stories about cities) at 10am this morning with a panel discussion from the editors all about getting the book together. Early birds, join us, it’s free (tickets)

The deadline for submitting to Time & Tide is nearly on us – get a move on! Music, Stories and Poetry set on or beside the coast or tidal rivers, with an historical slant. Yes we accept Flash!
via submittable by 23:59 BST on 21st June.

Ok, made you wait long enough…
Here are those flash fiction pieces from Noon that were read at Brockley Max this month, hosted by the very welcoming Brockley Brewery.

Marika Josef reads Toast Crumbs by Karen Boissonneault-Gauthier

 

A Vampire at Noon, by Patience Mackarness, also read by Marika

Up on the Roof, by Lily Peters read by Cherry Potts

Under the L, by Liam Hogan

Story Cities Published today!

Officially Published Today! And we have a banner to prove it.

Get yourselves to a bookshop! Should it not already be in stock, (tsk, tsk) all the info you need is here: Story Cities

You can join us to celebrate at one of three FREE events, where the banner will be put to good use.

Panel discussion with the editors at Greenwich Book Festival Saturday 15th June 10am. Venue QA065, Queen Anne Court, University of Greenwich, Park Row SE10 9LS Free but ticketed
LAUNCH PARTY Thursday 20th June, 7pm with readings and cake,
Stephen Lawrence Gallery, 10 Stockwell Street, SE10 9BD FREE but ticketed
more details here (people tend to think this is in the Stephen Lawrence Building – IT ISN’T. It’s the road with the Theatre in, access through the University main entrance.
Launch party Thursday 27th June 7pm with readings, (and cake, possibly) Blackwells, Manchester University Green, 146 Oxford Road, M13 9GP free but ticketed

Have you submitted to Time and Tide yet?

Time and Tide wait for no man, and no woman, neither. Summer Solstice approaches and with it the deadline for submissions to this year’s festival and anthology.

That’s the 21st June, people. One minute to midnight.

submit here

We are looking for an historical slant on life on, or by, the sea. and don’t forget that Time and Tide was the name of the Suffragette magazine, so we want to be overwhelmed by how cleverly you weave that in to your work. submit here

2000 words max no minimum. stories and poems.

Songs (original to the performer or traditional only) and poem films (film poems?) max five mins.

We want unusual voices, and we about diversity, so tell all your friends to get writing too, we need a lot of material, so don’t keep it to yourselves. submit here

We have sites in England, Scotland, Wales and Portugal. I know. Overseas. If you are a musician you need to be near one of the sites, everyone else, anywhere in the world.

loads more info and submit, here

To get you in the mood, here’s a video of a poem from last year’s Noon, being read last week at this year’s Brockley Max festival.

Laila Sumpton reads her poem, Mad Dogs and Englishmen at the Brockley Brewery

Solstice approaches

In 12 days the Summer Solstice occurs, and with it the close of Submissions for this year’s Solstice Shorts Festival, Time and Tide, which will be held on December 21st 2019.

Heading to the coast, and to tidal rivers, we are looking for stories poems and songs with an historical ring to them, from writers anywhere in the world. We are looking for live music too, traditional or original – no cover versions! But if you want to sing or play you need to be local to one of our sites, which are…

Aberdeen, Maryport, Holyhead, Greenwich, Hastings, Lisbon (Portugal) and possibly Brighton.

If you are thinking aww, why isn’t there anywhere near me, and you are willing to do the organising (find a venue on the coast or a tidal river, and readers, and publicise the jolly roger out of it), get in touch!

Currently we have LOADS of poems, and hardly any stories, so get a shuffle on short story writers.

We want stories that engage with the sea, in an historical way. so pirates (if you must!), merchant ships, silver darlings, migration, dock workers and ship builders, that sort of thing, but before it turns too macho, remember that the Suffragette magazine was called Time and Tide (because they wait for no man).

We are keen to include stories (in particular) from BAME writers, women, writers with disabilities (esp Deaf writers – you can send BSL video), LGBT writers.

we will also accept works (provided they come with a translation) in Portuguese, Scots Gaelic, Doric and Welsh.

You don’t have long left – Time and Tide won’t wait… via submittable only, where you will find LOTS more info.

https://arachnepress.submittable.com/submit

In the meantime, here’s a video of one of the poems from last year’s NOON, read last week in the delightful Brockley Brewery, for the Brockley Max Festival, Michelle Penn reading Mandy Macdonald’s Arthur Streeton Advises his Students.

 

Writing the Past: Rebecca Skipwith, Surplus Women

Rebecca Skipwith reads her short story, Surplus Women, set just after the end of WWI, from our anthology An Outbreak of Peace, read at Writing the Past, our event for Hither Green Festival 2019 at Manor House Library.