Jane McLaughlin: Sketchbook

Author Jane McLaughlin introduces her story, Sketchbook, written especially for Solstice Shorts Festival, Tymes goe by Turnes.The festival is online this year, 21st December 2020 8pm BST. Tickets are on sale now (donation: suggestion £5) on eventbrite

you can preorder the book direct from our webshop and get a free ticket, or ticket holders who donate at least £5 get the book half price if ordered by 8am the morning after the festival.

Patience Mackarness: Roots

Author Patience Mackarness introduces her story, Roots, written especially for Solstice Shorts Festival, Tymes goe by Turnes.The festival is online this year, 21st December 2020 8pm BST. Tickets are on sale now (donation: suggestion £5) on eventbrite

you can preorder the book direct from our webshop and get a free ticket, or ticket holders who donate at least £5 get the book half price if ordered by 8am the morning after the festival.

Buy a book for hallowe’en

You should all know by now that we don’t publish horror, but we do get quite close to the bone at times. So here are my recommendations for those of you who like your spine tingled, or to get daft with too many sweets and pumpkin carving.

Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed by Liam Hogan, Fantasy with a dark flavour, leavened with humour. Particularly dark: Bring Rope, particularly joyous Miscellaneous, Spooky, Weird … and every variation in between. Even the cover is pumpkin coloured!

No Spider Harmed in the Making of this Book our eighth anniversary anthology, spiders are emphatically not the enemy, but the humans on the other hand are quite a challenge: You might particularly enjoy Maria Kyle‘s The Aspectsof Arax, C L Wearne‘s Suspended, Carolyn Robertson‘s Sicarius, or for a more lighthearted take, Guy Russell’s Interspecies Peace and Love Song or A Katherine Black‘s Even People who’ve been Accidentally turned into Giant Mutant Spiders.

Dusk, our Solstice Shorts 2017 anthology. If you like you poetry bleak and your stories bloody then try At Sky’s Edge, Helen Slavin, Here by Samuel Wright, Wolf’s Head by Penny Pepper, Yes, Twilight by Math Jones

BSL poem Arrival by Valerie Bence

Valerie Bence’s poem of maritime superstition and missionaries, written for Solstice Shorts 2019, Time and Tide; translated and performed in BSL by Marcel Hirshman
Background images by Cherry Potts from the special edition of the book available from our webshop

This year’s Solstice Shorts Festival Tymes goe by Turnes will be held online on 21st Dec 2020 8pm GMT

BSL Short Story Man Overboard by Emily Bullock

Emily Bullock‘s short story of an old sailor adrift from his life, written for Solstice Shorts 2019, Time and Tide; translated and performed in BSL by Marcel Hirshman
background image by Cherry Potts

The book is available from our webshop

This year’s Solstice Shorts Festival Tymes goe by Turnes will be held online on 21st Dec 2020 8pm GMT

BSL Short Story The Answer My Friend… by Paul Foy

Paul Foy‘s short story of a grandmother and her story about soldiers confounded by a magical wind written for Solstice Shorts 2019, Time and Tide; translated and performed in BSL by Marcel Hirshman
background image by Cherry Potts

The book is available from our webshop

This year’s Solstice Shorts Festival Tymes goe by Turnes will be held online on 21st Dec 2020 8pm GMT

BSL Short Story The Surgeon’s Mate by Maria Kyle

Maria Kyle‘s dramatic short story of naval surgeons and pirates, written for Solstice Shorts 2019, Time and Tide; translated and performed in BSL by Marcel Hirshman
background images of Portsmouth by Cherry Potts

The book is available from our webshop

This year’s Solstice Shorts Festival Tymes goe by Turnes will be held online on 21st Dec 2020 8pm GMT

BSL Short Story The Fisherman’s Wife by Linda McMullen

Linda McMullen‘s short story of entrepreneurship and failed marriage – sorry no, it’s a retelling of a traditional tale about a fish and a ring… isn’t it? written for Solstice Shorts 2019, Time and Tide; translated and performed in BSL by Marcel Hirshman
background image by Cherry Potts

The book is available from our webshop

This year’s Solstice Shorts Festival Tymes goe by Turnes will be held online on 21st Dec 2020 8pm GMT

Remittance by Kilmeny MacMichael BSL Translation

Short story by Kilmeny MacMichael for Solstice Shorts Festival 2019, Time and Tide, translated and performed in BSL by Marcel Hirshman.
We are crowdfunding for this year’s festival, Tymes goe by Turnes, crowdfund closes 15th October 7pm (That’s TODAY!!)

A Madras Crossing BSL Translation

Short Story A Madras Crossing by Elizabeth Hopkinson from Solstice Shorts Festival 2019, Time and Tide Translated into BSL by Marcel Hirshman

We are crowdfunding for this year’s festival Tymes goe by Turnes – only 34 hours left to get a stunning handmade shawl, or one of our festival books/tickets/T-shirts, or special rewards aimed at writers…