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Throughout August, this book is discounted with code ARACHNEVERSARY.
As part of our Eighth Anniversary celebrations, Arachne Press editor, Cherry Potts, talks to photographer Tom Dingley.
Outcome was a project to photograph LGBT people with their childhood photograph; the idea was to let young people know ‘it gets better’. A celebration of all the jobs an LGBT person can excel at.
Grow up, come out, be fabulous, be you.
And we captured it all in a book!
A book you can buy from our webshop at a discount during August: use the code ARACHNEVERSARY at the checkout.
Today is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.
I’ve already drawn your attention to our marvellous LGBTQI writers of individual collections and novels, so I thought I’d hilight the LGBTQI short story and poetry gems nestling in our anthologies.
London Lies: Leaving, Cherry Potts
Stations: All Change at Canonbury, Paula Read
Lovers’ Lies: Tasting Flight, Catherine Sharpe; Mirror, Cherry Potts; Dara Jessica Lott
The Other Side of Sleep: Naming: AD 2006, Alwyn Marriage;The Other Side of Sleep, Kate Foley
Liberty Tales: Tabernacle Lane; Pearls over Shanghai; Flax, San Francisco; all by Jeremy Dixon
Solstice Shorts – Sixteen Stories about Time: Death and Other Rituals, Tannith Perry; Stars, Emma Timpany (not sure that’s what she intended, but I certainly read it that way).
Noon: Under the L, Liam Hogan
An Outbreak of Peace: Surplus Women, Rebecca Skipwith
We/She Desperately Seeking Hephaestion, Elizabeth Hopkinson; Cages, Joanne LM Williams
Departures: Alpaca Moonlight, VG Lee; Over, Joy Howard
You can buy all the books mentioned from our webshop, we will post them out to you.
If you would prefer eBooks, all these books are available from your usual retailer, now VAT free! We recommend Hive for ePub.
Phew, a bit late in the week, but let’s fly the flag here, before I go back to the emergecy fund application to ACE, refreshed with reminding myself why I do this.
We publish everyone. (Except people who aren’t writers, obviously).
But my first publications as a writer were with a lesbian press, and while we aren’t a lesbian press we are a lesbian-owned press, and we can still use that visibility.
So in celebration, here are our lesbian authors and poets, together with the books they are in, all of which are available from us direct, and from intrepid bookshops, and as ebooks from your usual supplier. There are probably more, but if they don’t tell me, I can’t celebrate them.
11th November is National Coming Out Day. We like to tie in our LGBT titles to this day when we can. (Or history month in February!)
Not in Edinburgh? buy a copy here!
Three years ago we published Outcome by Tom Dingley to coincide with Coming Out Day, and we have now permanently reducing the price of this book of 80 photographic portraits buy your copy here for £15
Other LGBT poetry titles:
In Retail, poems from Jeremy Dixon (just going into a second print)
A Gift of Rivers, Kate Foley
The Don’t Touch Garden, Kate Foley
Foraging, Joy Howard
Erratics, Cathy Bryant
The Dowry Blade, Cherry Potts
Mosaic of Air, Cherry Potts
Jeremy Dixon likes to travel and he is off to Edinburgh for Book Fringe
Lunchtime at Lighthouse: These start at 1pm and run for 30 minutes.
Evenings at Golden Hare: These start at 6.30pm and run for 1 hour.
ALL events are FREE: no tickets, no ticket booking!
These poems were written on the back of till rolls and smuggled off the shop floor of a well-known pharmacy in Jeremy’s socks. They chart the absurdities of being a member of staff in retail (most of us have been there at some point), and the cultural take that being a queer poet gives to the experience.
the in-store radio is on a major seventies kick
after an advert for Snoxin anti-wrinkle serum
You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) starts
replaying a dark corner of the youth club
where I dance by myself to Sylvester
unable to resist that immaculate beat
compelled to leave the false safety
of a line of canvas chairs
failing to see what is apparent
to everyone else
punched the length of the pool table
Jeremy is launching the book in his local village hall on the outskirts of Cardiff. The very village hall where THAT youth club was held.
There’s progress for you.
To mark LGBT history month we are giving you the opportunity to buy our other LGBT titles for half price when you buy In Retail. (Mosaic of Air is already half price so there’s just a small further reduction there)
In Retail + Outcome (photographic portraits by Tom Dingley)
In Retail + The Dowry Blade (Fantasy Novel by Cherry Potts)
In Retail + The Don’t Touch Garden (Poetry by Kate Foley)
We are still working on avenue for the official launch, bt Cathy will be reading at Stirred Poetry at 3MT on Oldham Street in Manchester, on Monday 28th May.
Shit People Say to Bisexuals
You’re just greedy, aren’t you?
So when do you think you’ll make up your mind?
Are you a tourist?
When you’re going out with a man, what’s the difference
between you and a straight?
You’re straight really, aren’t you?
When you’re going out with a woman, what’s the difference
between you and a lesbian? You’re gay really, aren’t you?
Do you just want to fuck everybody?
Would you like a threesome? If so, does it have to be with
one of each?
Which is better, sex with a man or with a woman?
I want you to come to more gay events, to make you more gay.
Why not just be straight? After all, you can choose.
Is it just desperation?
Do you just think that no man will want you, but you want
to keep your options open?
Ah, I’m sorry to hear that – you can never settle down or get married, can you?
Well, everyone’s bisexual, aren’t they?
You’re doubly damned because you could choose not to sin.
You are so lucky not to have to deal with any of the
prejudices and preconceptions that we do.
You have it easiest of anyone, don’t you?
copyright Cathy Bryant/ Arachne Press Limited