Film Poem – Sarah James – Model Child

We are experimenting with ways to keep YOU entertained and US in business.

Here is a contribution from the brilliant Sarah James, who seems to be able to turn her hand to just about anything! Model Child is from Vindication which has several other poems from Sarah in it, plus handsful of poems from Sarah Lawson, Jill Sharp, Elinor Brooks and Adrienne Silcock. You can buy Vindication direct from our webshop, and we’ll stick it straight in the post!

We’re still here and have plans to entertain you

There’s been some bad news in the book world, Gardners, the major wholesaler who supplies most independant booksellers has shut up shop for the forseeable. (Yes, this is C-19 related.)

This means it will be even harder to get books out to the public. We are however in the fortunate position of having the estimable NBNi as our distributor, which means bookshops can get books direct from them, if they have an account. All the big shops and quite a few of the smaller ones do. Phew!

WE ALSO HAVE BOOKS HERE.

Not in massive quantities, but enough to see us through of most titles. Yo can order direct and we will post them out to you, so long as they will fit through the post box slot, and so long as you have a large enough letter box. A couple of books might not suit – Outcome is probably ok, The Dowry Blade probably not.

Head over to our shop…

If for any reason our stocks dry up, or the royal mail goes into meltdown, we have ebooks available from your usual supplier, some reduced to 99p for the duration of the lockdown, and we are converting the poetry, which wasn’t converted before for format reasons, the first of these titles will be available 10th April with more on 17th and the last lot, the ones I think will be most difficult to work with electronically, on the 24th.

In the meantime we are working out ways to keep you happy.

We are organising some guest blogs from our writers, and some of them have offered to video readings. We are also getting them to interview each other. Some of these interviews will be video links (when I work out how) and some will be text based, but if you’ve always wanted to ask onr of our writers a question, we invite you to send some in! If there’s a particular author or poet you want to answer the question, let us know, and we’ll do our best. You can comment on this post to ask your question.

 

#Arachne99p a little comfort in time of trouble

We are trying not to be downhearted that we had to take the launch of Time and Tide online, (check out our Facebook page for videos, we’ll be editing them and adding them to the website soon), everyone did a fabulous job and the videos are getting quite a few hits, but  with minimal sales as a result. We are also very disappointed that we are having to put publication of Zed and the Cormorants back 12 months.

The good news is, we are continuing to translate some of the Time and Tide stories into BSL with the help of Marcel Hirshman, and some funding from ACE. We will be launching these videos fairly soon.

AND…with all eight legs crossed, we are going ahead with No Spider Harmed..., Tiny Spidery Cheer… We aren’t anticipating an in-person launch, and we have to be very careful about how many copies we print, as a result, we are asking people to pre-order, so we don’t end up with stock we can’t sell through trade or events.

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More good news for readers!

We’ve reduced the price of some of our ebooks. If people like this idea and buy them, we will reduce all ebooks to £0.99 for the duration of the misery.

Let us know when you buy one via usual social channels: #Arachne99p, as it takes a while for the news to seep through our sales reports, and we want to be nimble in responding.

London Lies, Weird Lies, Lovers’ Lies, Stations and Mosaic of Air are all now £0.99

Obviously, while the postal service is still functioning we will send out actual books which you can  buy from our webshop.

With many bookshops closing, we are in an increasingly precarious position, and we really rely on our direct sales – normally we do 60% or more of our sales at events, and that’s impossible right now.

People seem to be reaching for poetry, so we are getting all our poetry titles converted as fast as we can. We’ll let you know when they are available. They may not be perfectly formatted on an e-reader but we will do our best.

And finally, to try and keep our books in the light, you might consider nominating us in the Saboteur Awards?

 

 

 

World Poetry Day

Today is World Poetry Day!

buy a poetry book, we have lots!

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P is for poetry!

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our most recently published poetry book

In all seriousness, we are racing to get all our poetry converted into ebooks so that self isolators (and those still putting themselves at risk in essential jobs for that matter) can get at them with ease. We didn’t do this before because we are perfectionists and we dont like what it does to the formatting – and we are reducing the price of all our ebooks to 99p for the duration. Someone else is setting that up for us so not sure if they are all sorted yet…

If you want to sample the wares, there are lots of videos and audio files dotted about the website, especially in the blog, and we are TODAY doing a virtual launch on our Facebook Page. join us from 2pm to about 3.30, for a mix of short stories and poems.

Cherry Potts Introduction 2.00
Neil Lawrence Diaspora 2.05
Lizzie Parker Overlord with Declan 2.20
Lizzie Parker The Watchers 2.30
Elizabeth Hopkinson A Madras Crossing 2.40
Ness Owen Sea Lessons 2.50
CB Droege Metharme 2.52
Claire Booker Fisherman’s daughter 3.00
Claire Booker How women Came to Tristan da Cunha 3.05
Emily Bullock Man Overboard prerecorded 3.10
Laura Potts First Light prerecorded 3.25

IWD video Shamini Sriskandarajah

 

On 8th March we held an International Women’s Day of readings from female authors and poets, surrounded by the  Tatty Divine exhibition at the Stephen Lawrence Gallery. Many thanks to Greenwich University Gallleries for hosting.

Here is Shamini Sriskandarajah reading her flash from Story Cities, Coffee.

 

#IWD2020- Photos

Until I get round to editing the video files, here are some photos from Sunday’s event, where we launched Emma Lee‘s new collection, The Significance of a Dress, and thoroughly celebrated International Women’s Day with poems and flash from Laila Sumpton, Claire Booker, Sarah Lawson, Jenny Mitchell, Julie Easley, Cherry Potts, Michelle Penn, Shamini Sriskandarajah, and Emma Lee!

Time and Tide Videos: Bird Wife, Greenwich

 

Uploading the videos from Solstice Shorts 2019, Time & Tide continues.

Here is Bird Wife by Melissa Davies read at Greenwich by Patsy Prince,

Many of the stories and poems were read at more than one of the venues, so there will be further opportunities to compare and contrast!

Limited edition illustrated book of the material available now only from our webshop or from our events .

We are videoing BSL translations of some of the material, and this will also be on the website in late March, to coincide with the launch of the bookshop version of the book on 21st March at The Old Royal Naval College Visitor Centre in Greenwich. more details soon!

 

Time and Tide Videos: Points of Interest, Greenwich

 

Uploading the videos from Solstice Shorts 2019, Time & Tide continues.

Here is Points of Interest by Olivia Dawson read at Greenwich by Patsy Prince,

Many of the stories and poems were read at more than one of the venues, so there will be further opportunities to compare and contrast!

Limited edition illustrated book of the material available now only from our webshop or from our events .

We are videoing BSL translations of some of the material, and this will also be on the website in late March, to coincide with the launch of the bookshop version of the book on 21st March at The Old Royal Naval College Visitor Centre in Greenwich. more details soon!

 

Time and Tide Videos: Halibut, Greenwich

 

Uploading the videos from Solstice Shorts 2019, Time & Tide continues.

Here is Halibut by Melissa Davies read at Greenwich by Carrie Cohen,

Many of the stories and poems were read at more than one of the venues, so there will be further opportunities to compare and contrast!

Limited edition illustrated book of the material available now only from our webshop or from our events .

We are videoing BSL translations of some of the material, and this will also be on the website in late March, to coincide with the launch of the bookshop version of the book on 21st March at The Old Royal Naval College Visitor Centre in Greenwich. more details soon!

 

Time and Tide Videos: The Sinking of Mrs Margaret Brown Greenwich

 

Uploading the videos from Solstice Shorts 2019, Time & Tide continues.

Here is The Sinking of Mrs Margaret Brown by Michelle Penn read at Greenwich by Carrie Cohen, with BSL interpretation by Paul Michaels.

Many of the stories and poems were read at more than one of the venues, so there will be further opportunities to compare and contrast!

Limited edition illustrated book of the material available now only from our webshop or from our events .

We are videoing BSL translations of some of the material, and this will also be on the website in late March, to coincide with the launch of the bookshop version of the book on 21st March at The Old Royal Naval College Visitor Centre in Greenwich. more details soon!