Autumn Equinox Announcement: Winners of Haitus Solstice Shorts Competition

As a result of the limit on entries this year, our Hiatus competition finished early, allowing us to announce the results today, on the Autumn Equinox. [For time obsessives like me that was at precisely 3:04 BST this morning.]

Congratulations to our Shortlist:

Adrienne Silcock
Cath Humphris
Gabriel Noel
Jane McLaughlin
Juliet Humphreys
Karen Pierce
Michael Colonnese
River Fannin
Tiffany Troy

Thank you for surprising us, and/or making us laugh.

The winning spots were very close fought indeed, so unusually, we’re announcing the Runners-up:

Cath Humphris
Juliet Humphreys
Michael Colonnese

and our winners are:

Gabriel Noel with Ode Against Daylight Saving
and
Karen Pierce with Pause

Congratulations to Gabriel and Karen, both of whom are new to Arachne Press. Their work will be published in eBook form, in time for the Solstice, alongside…

Remember! we have a public vote for the BEST story/poem from each of the previous Solstice Shorts anthologies, which will join Karen and Gabriel’s work in the ‘Best of’ eBook, to mark this year’s Solstice, while we wait for the next time the Solstice falls at a weekend, and the next festival.
You can vote here (deadline 30 Sept 2022)

Help us get A Voice Coming from Then on the Road

We are crowdfunding! We want to take Jeremy Dixon​’s fabulous award winning poetry book A Voice Coming From Then on the road – we have dates booked, and need some money to pay for travel and accommodation. Sales will never cover this, but it’s an important book and winning the Wales Book of the Year Poetry category means that bookshops are taking some notice. If you’d like to help, you’ll be even more our friends for ever than you are now. If you share the link and persuade people we don’t already know to help, you will be elevated to ‘absolute star’ (or possibly, as Jeremy describes it in his pamphlet, In Retail, ‘Unicorn’ status.)

Rewards include signed books, original artwork, handmade badges, T shirts… It’s a quick fire effort this, we have 20 days to raise £1000 all-or-nothing.

Expect to be inundated with nudges to contribute or share. (Not really, we’ll try to keep it below ‘annoying’ level.)

We completely understand that many, many people are having to draw their horns in financially (we are too) but if you can contribute anything, it all adds up, and if you can bring the crowdfund to the attention of friends, family or neighbours feeling less pressured, that also helps!

Many thanks…

A Pocketful of Chalk Online Launch

We went the for the whole gamut of launches for A Pocketful of Chalk, outdoors, in a barn, in a museum and on line! Here’s the online version, a triumph of technology that took a lot of setting up – those downs are beautiful, but they interfere with Claire’s internet signal. A lot of testing and rearranging of kit was involved, and turning off of interfering phones etc, but it worked!

First Set

Second Set

Q&A

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Happy Birthday, A Voice Coming From Then!

Today is exactly one year since we published A Voice Coming From Then by Jeremy Dixon. Largely written and edited during lockdown, A Voice Coming From Then recently won the English-language Poetry award at the Wales Book of the Year 2022 and this has given us another chance to celebrate Jeremy and his extraordinary collection in real life.

We’re building an A Voice Coming From Then tour of Wales this Autumn, with events already planned at several libraries, independent bookshops and Waterstones stores across Wales this October and November.

If you run a bookshop, library, arts venue or poetry night, then please get in touch with us on outreach@arachnepress.com and let us know if you’d be interested in hosting an event with Jeremy Dixon as a part of this tour.

If you’re in Wales (or close by) and would like to see Jeremy reading from A Voice Coming From Then, please keep an eye on our blog and social media channels for the event dates and locations – coming soon!

For now, we are celebrating A Voice Coming From Then‘s book birthday with an online offer: buy a copy of the print book from our webshop and we’ll send you a code for 50% off the ebook or audiobook, which is beautifully narrated by Nigel Pilkington.

A Voice Coming From Then starts with Jeremy Dixon’s teenage suicide attempt and expands to encompass themes of bullying, queerphobia, acceptance and support.

As well as exploring identity, the tragic effects of bullying and the impact of suicide, this collection also includes unexpected typography, collage, humour, magic, discotheques and frequent appearances from the Victorian demon, Spring-heeled Jack.

One of the Wales Book of the Year judges commented: “I really admire Jeremy’s ability to be so vulnerable. I felt like he just really put his heart and his whole self into the collection.” Congratulations to Jeremy on having this immensely personal and moving collection out in the world for a whole year. 

A Pocketful of Chalk at Keats House

Claire Booker reading at the launch of A Pocketful of Chalk, in the beautiful Chester Room at Keats House

Hey Diddle Diddle

 

Dinosaur Boy

 

Drone Boys

 

Green Ray

 

Grey Heron

 

Long Man Dreaming

 

Mirabelles

 

Morning After

 

Fisherman’s Daughter

 

Remembering Chocolate

 

The Wrasse

 

Looking Towards Smock Mill

 

 

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Eight Poems for Seven Sisters

In which we discover that ancient barns have no soundproofing at all, while reading poems about the glory of the landscape outside.

Claire Booker reads from her poetry collection A Pocketful of Chalk at the visitor centre at Seven Sisters Country Park, between the downs and the sea.

 

Fisherman’s Daughter

 

Breaking Out

 

Drone Boys

 

Gaia in the Garden

 

Green Ray

 

Grey Heron

 

On the Centenary of my Teacups

 

Looking Towards Smock Mill

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A Pocketful of Chalk out and about

As we head towards a bank holiday weekend and you are perhaps thinking of a walk, here, somewhat delayed, are the poems from A Pocketful of Chalk that Claire Booker read en plein-air in Seven Sisters Country Park, above Cuckmere Haven, in perfect walking weather back at the end of July.

 

Towards Beachy Head

 

Dinosaur Boy

 

Hey Diddle Diddle

 

Long Man Dreaming

 

Mirabelles

 

On Beacon Hill

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Wales Book of the Year Poetry WINNER

Beyond thrilled that our lovely Jeremy Dixon has WON the English @BangorUniversity Poetry Award for Wales Book of the Year 2022  (administered by Literature Wales) for his glorious
So very happy! Congratulations, Jeremy, this book really deserves this recognition.
(You can buy a copy from us, and we have a special offer on – buy a print copy, and get a voucher for 50% off either the audiobook or the ebook.)

Last day on the road A470 Bishops Castle

A quick nip across the border into England for our final booked event on the A470 tour, at the wonderful Poetry Pharmacy in Bishop’s Castle.

Hosted by Daborah Alma and Pat Edwards, and introduced and translated by editor Ness Owen.

With readings from Ness Owen, Pat Edwards, Jeremy Dixon, Gareth Writer-Davies and Stephen Payne.

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Wales Book of the Year Poetry Shortlist Showcase

We were absolutely thrilled to hear that A Voice Coming From Then by Jeremy Dixon had been shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year, and so, in the spirit of non-competitive enthusiasm for poetry, we invited the publishers and poets of the other two books, Inhale/Exile by Abeer Ameer (Seren Books) and The Sorry Tale of the Mignonette by Angela Gardner (Shearsman) to join us for a celebratory showcase ahead of the winners announcement on 29th July.

If you are inspired by this video you can buy the books here,
A Voice Coming From Then: Print or ebook and audio book:
The Sorry Tale of the Mignonette
Inhale/Exile