Departures – the trailer

A little animation to help launch our latest offering, Departures, which hits the shops on 21st November, and is launched the same day at 7pm at Brockley Brewery SE4, everyone welcome details of launch

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For those in the know there’s a nod at quite a few of the stories.

Let Out the Djinn launch videos 2

Videos from the launch of Let Out the Djinn, debut poetry collection by Jane Aldous, at Lighthouse Radical bookshop, Edinburgh, with readings from Jane herself, and friends Lindy Barbour and Simon Maclaren

part 2: from prehistory to space…

Lindy Barbour reads  Doggerland

Jane reads A Dead Lamb in Polbain

Simon Maclaren reads Crow’s Eye

Lindy Barbour reads Eel Ghazal

Jane reads Goodbye Voyager 1

Let Out the Djinn launch videos 1

Videos from the launch of Let Out the Djinn, debut poetry collection by Jane Aldous, at Lighthouse Radical bookshop, Edinburgh, with readings from Jane herself, and friends Lindy Barbour and Simon Maclaren

part 1: Family and identity

Simon Maclaren reads Dave Off in Five – inspired by Jane’s Dad’s war time diary.

Jane reads Let Out the Djinn, the title poem – the title came first!

Jane reads With Meme at Mellon Urdigle Beach

Lindy Barbour reads Death Waiting

Jane reads In the New Leaf Co-op

 

more tomorrow…

crowd fund rewards for Time and Tide – books

Crowdfund countdown: 9 days to go…

AND SOME NEWS: Kickstarter have given us one of their ‘projects we love’ badges. Isn’t that lovely!

Now then, back to business. Books. Of Course. But not just any books – these are Solstice books – obsessed with time, the turning of the earth, and the changing of the seasons. Stories and poems for the dark time of year.

Support our crowdfund for this year’s Solstice Shorts Festival, Time and Tide  by buying one of the previous anthologies:

2014 – Solstice Shorts: Sixteen stories about TIME

2015/16 – Shortest Day, Longest Night

2017 Dusk

2018 Noon

If you would like to support our crowdfund and get one of these lovely books, have a riffle through the crowdfunding site!

 

National Coming Out Day 2019

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!)

Yesterday we published Let Out the Djinn, by Jane Aldous, and tomorrow we are launching this delightful debut collection of poems in Edinburgh.

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 front cover copy In Retail, poems from Jeremy Dixon (just going into a second print)

9781909208537 A Gift of Rivers, Kate Foley

dont touch garden books The Don’t Touch Garden, Kate Foley

foraging-front-cover-copy Foraging, Joy Howard

Bryant, Cathy, Erratics, front cover Erratics, Cathy Bryant

LGBT Fiction

The Dowry Blade FRONT Cover final The Dowry Blade, Cherry Potts

CPotts_MosaicofAir front Mosaic of Air, Cherry Potts

 

 

Happy Publication day, Jane Aldous

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Happy Publication day, to Jane Aldous, as her debut poetry collection, Let out the Djinn hits the streets.

See you at Lighthouse Radical Bookshop in Edinburgh at 5pm on Saturday

for the launch!

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Cake in preparation

Order your copy direct

Time and Tide Crowdfund rewards T Shirt

Everyone (well, almost) loves a T-shirt, so we design one every year to raise funds for Solstice Shorts.

Get your limited edition Time & Tide T-shirt. We may add the Solstice Shorts logo

Solstice Shorts Logo copy

somewhere, but this is roughly what they will look like.

T&T tshirt

Size S-3XL, men’s cut. Tends to come up a bit small so if you don’t like figure hugging, order up a size.

We need the crowd fund – it counts towards match funding, which helps us get Arts Council (and other funding), and if we don’t get Arts Council funding, this is pretty much all we have for venues and performers and marketing.

Take a look at this and other great rewards over at Kickstarter

 

Spider anthology for our 8th Anniversary

Caution, contains spiders.
August 2020 (eighth month) is Arachne Press’s eighth anniversary. We are preparing an eight-legged arachnid inspired anthology.
Stories and Poems featuring spiders.
I’m going to make it difficult for you – NO spiders to be killed (except possibly whilst heroically defending…) This is not a venue for spiderhaters to vent their angst.
very pretty spider in web

Meet Mildred, currently resident in the garden of Arachne Towers

Think Charlotte’s Web or Leese Webster for adults, Spider as hero, not spider as villan.
Length:
Stories: shorter the better, but for something exceptional we’d push the boat out. ABSOLUTE max @3-4000 words.
Poems: whatever works for you. Eight lines? Sixty four lines? Concrete poems? Invent a new arachnid form!
Experimental:
Yes, if you want to play around with the eight idea, we’re open to playing along, especially in poems.
Genres: Spider fantasy, spider whodunnit, spider romance, spiders in space (why not?) Open to most things with the exception of the following: Avoid twee, please. NO EROTICA. NO HORROR. NO GRATUITOUS VIOLENCE NO SEXISM, RACISM, HOMOPHOBIA… you know the drill. We mean it, so just don’t do it. We’ll put you on a list if you do, and send the spiders to get you.
Reprints: We much prefer original work, but will consider magazine reprints. If it’s in a book, then no, unless it’s out of print and you retain the copyright. So check first, and make it clear it is a reprint and where it was before, and when.
CLOSING DATE 23:59 8th January 2020.

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Kickstarting Solstice Shorts 2019

It’s the time of year when we fundraise for Solstice Shorts Festival. This year our theme is Time and Tide.

Fortunately, although it is a lot of work for us, it is fun for YOU.

Come and Sing!

London Sea Shanty Collective, who will be performing at the Greenwich session of Time and Tide, are running a sea shanty workshop for us on Saturday 23rd December at our usual singing workshop spot, St Hilda’s Church Hall, in Crofton Park. No experience necessary! If you are coming to the festival there might be an opportunity to join in! Lots more details here

And there’s a Kickstarter campaign, with lots of daft rewards, and some at least notionally useful. For example, get a copy of the special limited edition anthology of poems and stories, which will not be available to the general public, they will get their own version (just as lovely, but different) in March. lots more info here

We’ll be hilighting other extraordinary rewards over the coming weeks. It’s all or nothing funding, and counts towards match funding, without which we will not get funding from the Arts Council. A bit of a dominoes situation…

 

 

 

 

National Poetry Day 2019 – Truth

It’s National Poetry Day, and the theme this year is Truth.

To celebrate, here is a poem from Jane Aldous’s  debut poetry collection, Let Out the Djinn,  which is (let) out next week, on 10th October 2019.

 

How it was

Parcelled up in waistcoat and gun belt,
I killed every adult at point blank range.

I wandered out in sea-fog and kissed
a girl in a concrete shelter.

I searched the Bible and dictionaries
for someone like me.

With acne raging I bought chocolates
for the groundkeeper’s daughter.

I wrote to Woman’s Own.
Miss Crocker, the Chemistry teacher

played cricket for England, wore black leathers
and rode a 1500cc but for a while,

my heart belonged to Mrs Dunball
our English teacher.

I wondered if Miss Crocker and Miss Mulvaney
lived together and if they did, did anyone mind?

One day I told the groundkeeper’s daughter
I loved her and she said don’t be silly.

After that I kissed girls in draughty flats, cars,
and on sticky dance floors.

I read The Well of Loneliness as a rite of passage.
I had words for who I was and didn’t like them.

I didn’t like the poisonous letter, being sent
for a healing, or reading Miss A loves Miss D

chalked on the blackboard, or my mother shouting
It’s all about bed isn’t it! or Clause 28.

I never wanted a name to describe myself,
never wanted to feel: less than, unentitled.

And now looking back, my ghosts seem like
standing stones, silent crows,

they’ve done their worst, they’re only stories
now.

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Join us at the launch, with readings and cake, at Lighthouse bookshop in Edinburgh at 5pm on the 12th October.