Clare Shaw reading at the Greenwich Book Launch for Noon

Clare Shaw reading her story Veranda at the Greenwich Book Launch for Noon

many thanks to Stephen Lawrence Gallery for hosting.

You can buy a copy of the book in any good bookshop or from us direct (and post free within UK) which makes us very happy.

The next launch is in Aberdeen at Blackwells at 5.30 on March 29th, organised by Intuitive Music Aberdeen

Noon Launch Info

There are THREE NOON Book Launches

On 21st March 2019:
5-6pm CORK Waterstones 69 Patrick Street, Cork free Facebook event
Organised by Anne Elizabeth Bevan who will be reading with friends:

Mother Hand, Karen Ankers
Toast Crumbs, Karen Boissonneault-Gauthier
Veranda, Clare Shaw
Farewell My Father, Anne Elizabeth Bevan
Moon Jellyfish, Ness Owen
Fire at Midday, Susan Cartwright-Smith

AND
7-9pm GREENWICH Stephen Lawrence Gallery 10 Stockwell Street London SE10 9BD free facebook event
Organised by us.

Authors reading:

Precarious, Michelle Penn
Still No Name, Marika Josef
#Noon, Su Yin Yap
Veranda, Clare Shaw
After Hours, Stuart McKenzie
and possibly more.
There will be cake

and on 29 March 2019

17:30-18:30 Aberdeen Blackwell’s Aberdeen 99 High Street, AB24 3EN free: Facebook event
Organised by Intuitive Music Aberdeen who are also providing music

Moon Jellyfish by Ness Owen read by Marka Rifat
On the First Calculation of the Circumference of the Earth
by Alison Gerhard read by Haworth Hodgkinson
Pocket Watch written and read by Catriona Yule
High Noon written and read by Marka Rifat
Noon Talk by Graham Burchell read by Haworth Hodgkinson
Sun Beats over New Orleans by Natalie Gasper read by Catriona Yule
Arthur Streeton Advises his Students by Mandy Macdonald read by Marka Rifat
Mother Hand by Karen Ankers read by Catriona Yule
Unleashed by Paul Foy read by Marka Rifat
An Autumn Noon by Ian Grosz read by Haworth Hodgkinson
I am not Beautiful at Noon by Elinor Brooks read by Catriona Yule

It would be really great if there was standing room only (again) so if you’d like to come, make yourself known on the Facebook events or contact us

 

Happy Saint David’s Day /Dydd Gŵyl Dewi

It’s St David’s Day, so let’s celebrate our Welsh/Wales-based writers

Jeremy Dixon (In Retail, Liberty Tales, The Other Side of Sleep)

Nicholas McGaughey (Dusk, An Outbreak of Peace, Noon, Story Cities)

Karen Ankers (Noon)

Gareth Culshaw (Noon)

Diana Powell (Noon)

Ness Owen (Mamiaith, An Outbreak of Peace, Noon, Dusk, Shortest Day Longest Night)

We are publishing Ness Owen’s first collection of poems, Mamiaith on 8th August.

The Title means Mother Tongue and the collection is partially bilingual, because when the manuscript arrived, and there were several poems about the Welsh language, my first question was, why aren’t these in Welsh?

Ness is of an age that she was not taught in Welsh in school but in English, so that Welsh was effectively taught as a foreign language. Although she is a native speaker, she is unconfident of the fine detail fo writing in Welsh. After some discussion we agreed that if she could find someone to help, at least some of the poems should be in both languages.

That help was supplied by Sian Northey in the main, but also Iona Evans.

Mamiaith
Pwy wnaeth ddwyn y geiriau
o geg fy mam a’u taflu yn
ôl ataf mewn darnau sy’n
disgyn i’w lle yn fy mhen ond
yn gwrthod disgyn ar bapur?
Fel perthynas annisgwyl, yn dal
ag ogla capal, yn twt-twtio yn
fy nghlust, ysgwyd ei phen
a thrio fy neud yn ddiarth i fy
eitifeddiaeth.
Wyrion y ‘Not’ pryd nawn ni
dorri’r cortyn? Sut nawn ni
ddweud ein stori yn yr iaith fain?
Yn baglu ac ymddiheuro
dan ni’n anadlu Mamiaith
yn barod am chwyldro
ond yn gwybod y bydd ein
hysgrifen yn ein bradychu.

 

Mamiaith
Stolen from my mother’s
mouth, thrown back to me
in pieces that fit so neatly
inside my head but will
not fall onto the page.
Like an uninvited relation
still smelling of chapel
she tuts in my ear, shakes
her head, tries to make
me a stranger to what’s
already mine.
Grandchildren of the Not
When will we break the chord?
How do we tell our story in
a thin language? Tongue-tied
excusing our way through
we breath in Mamiaith
waiting to be unearthed
always knowing our
pen will betray us.

 

 

An Outbreak of Peace reading in Manchester – Vidoes

I got so caught up in Solstice shorts, I forgot to post these! Thought I’d done it because I’d done snippets on Twitter.

A very successful outing to Manchester Blackwells, with authors travelling in from Newcastle, London and Ynys Mon, and some locals!

Thanks to everyone at Blackwells for making us so welcome (good luck with the move!)

and to the audience for making it such an excellent evening, and buying books!

Mantz Yorke

Ness Owen

Rebecca Skipwith

Sarah Tait

Lily Peters

Happy Twelfth Night – Solstice Shorts Videos

It’s Twelfth Night, the official end to the festive season, so to mark the occasion here are all the videos from the London session of the Solstice Shorts Festival

Ian Kennedy & Sarah Lloyd, Herald the Noon

Precarious, by Michelle Penn

Still No Name  by Marika Josef

High Noon by Marka Rifat read by Carrie Cohen

Noon Son by Alison Lock read by Grace Cookey-Gam

A Vampire at Noon by Patience Mackarness read by Marika Josef

Ian Grosz An Autumn Noon, read by Michelle Penn

Ian Kennedy & Sarah Lloyd Green Broom

Toast Crumbs by Karen Boissonneault-Gauthier read by Marika Joseph

Arthur Streeton Advises his Students by Mandy Macdonald, read by Michelle Penn

I am Not Beautiful at Noon by Elinor Brooks read by Grace Cookey-Gam

Under the L by Liam Hogan read by Carrie Cohen

Mad Dogs and Englishmen by Laila Sumpton read by Grace Cookey-Gam

These poems and stories, and those performed at our other venues will be published on March 21st 2019, in the book, NOON which you can preorder now

Videos from Mini Solstice at City Writes

Ian Kennedy &Sarah Lloyd sing Cold Time (from Longest Night)

Katerina Watson reads Threshold from Dusk

Cherry Potts reads an extract from The Midwinter Wife from Longest Night

Join us at Noon this Friday for all-new Solstice material in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Carlisle, Ynys Mon, Cork and London (Blackheath)

City Writes

On Thursday 13th December, you are invited to City Writes Autumn 2018, at The Northampton Suite, City University, Northampton Square, EC1V 0HB

Arachne Press’ Cherry Potts and Katerina Watson will be reading  their respective Solstice Shorts stories, The Midwinter Wife from Longest Night, and Threshold from Dusk. We will be supported by Ian Kennedy & Sarah Lloyd singing Cold Time from Longest Night, and there will be readings from the winners of this term’s writing contest, Meera Betab, Angelita Bradney, Kate Henderson and Debz Hobbs-Wyatt.

TICKETS £10 in advance only

 

An Outbreak of Peace – Lily Peters

Lily Peters was born and raised in south-east London and Normandy. After studying French and Spanish at Durham University she moved to Newcastle and became a secondary school teacher of modern foreign languages. Despite only recently completing her MEd, Lily is about to embark on a MA in Creative Writing.

Lily’s story for An Outbreak of Peace is The Spider Plant by my Bed

Lily will be reading an extract from the story at the Manchester Launch THIS FRIDAY 6.30 at Blackwells. free tickets here.

 

An Outbreak of Peace – Rebecca Skipwith

Rebecca Skipwith is an editor and charity worker, currently working with people with learning difficulties and survivors of violence. She practised writing with Literary Kitchen and has written stories that have been longlisted by the New Writer and performed by Liars’ League.

Rebecca’s story for An Outbreak of Peace is Surplus Women

Rebecca will be reading an extract from the story at the Manchester Launch THIS FRIDAY 6.30 at Blackwells. free tickets here.

 

An Outbreak of Peace launch video: Katy Darby

Author Katy Darby reads from her short story, Canary Girl, at the launch of An Outbreak of Peace, an anthology of stories and poems in response to the end of WWI at Housmans Radical Bookshop

Next launch event Blackwells Manchester 30th November