Writing the Past: Katy Darby, the Tyburn Jig

Katy Darby reads her short story, The Tyburn Jig, from our anthology Five by Five, read at Writing the Past, our event for Hither Green Festival 2019 at Manor House Library. This was our 18th/19th century contribution.

Writing the Past – Kate Foley

Kate Foley reading from both her collections, The Don’t Touch Garden, and A Gift of Rivers at our Writing the Past event for Hither Green Festival at Manor House Library on Saturday.

Kate is next reading at Fourth Friday, at the Poetry Cafe,Betterton Street London, this Friday

Writing the Past: The Bet – video

Still got room for more Eurovision? Here’s a story set around the 1970 competition: The Bet, by Joan Taylor-Rowan from our anthology Five by Five, read on Saturday at Writing the Past, our event for the Hither Green Festival 2019

looking forward to Story Cities in Greenwich

Story Cities hits the shops on 13th June, but you will have to wait for the LAUNCH PARTY until… Thursday 20th June, 7pm

Stephen Lawrence Gallery, 10 Stockwell Street SE10 9BD

Everyone welcome, FREE but please book a ticket so we know how many to cater for.

Launch party featuring readings of flash fictions from Jayne Buxton, Annabel Banks, Shamini Sriskandarajah,Sarah-Clare Conlon, Maja Bodenstein, Evleen Towey, Kam Rehal, Máire Malone, Roland Denning, Jasmin Kirkbride, Rosamund Davies and Cherry Potts.

There will be cake. Of course. I’m think of a little forest of gingerbread buildings stuck into something chocolately…

Just before that, editors Rosamund, Cherry and Kam will be doing a panel discussion at Greenwich Book Festival Room QA065 Queen Anne Court Greenwich University Old Naval College Greenwich SE10 9LS at 10am on Saturday 15th June FREE but you will need a ticket.

Brockley Max 2019 Noon and Knots

We are involved in Brockley Max Festival again this year, with readings in a church, and a brewery!

Sunday 2nd June 7pm

St Hilda’s Church Courtrai Road SE23 1PL

Math Jones will be reading from his new poetry-collection-as-novel, The Knotsman

The Knotsman does not exist, you will not find him in history books or collections of ‘bygone’ skills. But there he is, going from house to house, village to village, poem to poem, battlefield to gallows, unravelling knots and problems, physical, emotional and psychological; a new kind of cunning man, not always welcome, not always quite as clever as his fingers and picks would have him believe.

copyright Tyrone Lewis

Wednesday 5th June 7pm

We will be at the lovely Brockley Brewery, 31 Harcourt Road London SE4 2AJ

for NOON

Readings of poetry and short stories on the theme of Noon from the Solstice Shorts Anthology of the same name

Everyone thinks of noon as being a split second as the clock’s hands draw together, the bell tolls twelve times – but there is so much more to it than that.

with

Stuart McKenzie, Michelle Penn, Laila Sumpton, Marika Joseph, Liam Hogan

Happy birthday Shakespeare and a consideration of knots

Is it actually Will’s birthday? No one knows, but there is a tradition that ties it to 23rd April because he was baptised on the 26th.

Anyway happy birthday Will.

As we recently published Math JonesThe Knotsman, which is set about a century after Shakespeare’s time and in Worcestershire, rather than Warwickshire, and is in any case, a not quite historie, as Shakespeare’s histories are not quite historie, I’ve been looking for links.

this is  not quite research – a lighthearted look at the knot in Shakespeare.

Was Shakespeare a knotsman, or did he know someone who was?

He uses knot to mean a group of people, often when that group is not entirely to be trusted, and ocassionally to mean a meeting of said group.

And to mean a contract, or bond, particularly of marriage.

He shall not knit a knot in his fortunes with the finger of my substance
Page, of a suitor in Merry Wives of Windsor

I’ll have this knot knit up tomorrow morning
Capulet, when Juliet submits to the marriage with Paris Romeo & Juliet

Cressid is mine, tied with the bonds of heaven… The bonds of heaven are slipped, dissolv’d, and loos’d; And with another knot, five-finger-tied,
Troilus and Cressida, when Troilus discovers Cressida is promised to another.

To hold you in perpetual amity, To make you brothers, and to knit your hearts
With an unslipping knot …
Agrippa proposing a marriage in Anthony & Cleopatra

Math Jones takes this imagery literally and has his characters tie, and untie, betrothal ropes, with terrible consequences. Lives and loves unravel, and the Knotsman must run for his life.

Math is in Worcester, the Knotsman’s stomping ground, tonight, reading alongside Claire Trévien and Charley Barnes at the Hive. see facebook event

Knot pictures from the recent Anni Albers exhibition at Tate Modern

Final Video from the Launch of The Knotsman

Math Jones reads Mr Swarthye

 

at the launch of The Knotsman

You can buy the book direct from us at our web shop (post free in the UK)

Next live reading
TOMORROW! Tuesday 23rd April 7pm
The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester, WR1 3PD

Ninth Video from the Launch of The Knotsman

Math Jones reads The Itinerant

 

at the launch of The Knotsman

You can buy the book direct from us at our web shop (post free in the UK)

Next live reading
Tuesday 23rd April 7pm
The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester, WR1 3PD

Eighth Video from the Launch of The Knotsman

Math Jones reads His Master Freed

at the launch of The Knotsman

You can buy the book direct from us at our web shop (post free in the UK)

Next live reading
23rd April 7pm
The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester, WR1 3PD

Seventh (set of) Videos from the Launch of The Knotsman

Math Jones reads Four Failures

at the launch of The Knotsman

You can buy the book direct from us at our web shop (post free in the UK)

Next live reading
23rd April 7pm
The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester, WR1 3PD