Solstice Shorts Line up for Ynys Mon

Solstice Shorts line up for Ucheldre Centre, Ynys Môn

#Noon, Su Yin Yap
Mother Hand, Karen Ankers
Jackdaw, Elaine Hughes
Fire at Midday, Susan Cartwright-Smith
I am not Beautiful at Noon, Elinor Brooks
Moon Jellyfish, Ness Owen
Twelve o’Clock From The House, Nicholas McGaughey
Winter Ritual, Sara Elgerot
Winter Solstice, Gareth Culshaw
Unleashed, Paul Foy

Ulcheldre Centre

We are crowdfunding to raise money for marketing the events, until 20th November – support your local-uk wide festival!

Launching An Outbreak of Peace – Photos at Housmans

Launching An Outbreak of Peace to a full house at Housmans.

Thanks to everyone who came along and in particular to Housmans for hosting and to CB,  Clare, Karen, Katy, Peter, Sarah and Chantal (all pictured) and Valerie (not pictured) for reading so magnificently – sold out Housman’s stock of the book!

Solstice Shorts line up: Aberdeen

Final line up, subject to confirmation from the writers

Aberdeen

Friday 21 December 2018 • 12 noon
Blackwell’s University Bookshop • 99 High Street • ABERDEEN • AB24 3EN

Admission free

Stories
High Noon, Marka Rifat
Mother Hand, Karen Ankers

Poems
Noon Talk, Graham Burchell
An Autumn Noon, Ian Grosz
Arthur Streeton Advises his Students, Mandy Macdonald
I am not Beautiful at Noon, Elinor Brooks
Moon Jellyfish, Ness Owen
On the First Calculation of the Circumference of the Earth, Alison Gerhard
Pocket Watch, Catriona Yule
Sun Beats over New Orleans, Natalie Gasper
Unleashed, Paul Foy

Performers

Readers

Catriona Yule
Haworth Hodgkinson

Musicians: Intuitive Music Aberdeen

Mandy Macdonald (voice and keyboard)
Colin Edwards (voice and guitar)
Haworth Hodgkinson (recorders and percussion)

We are crowdfunding to raise money for marketing the events, until 20th November – support your local-uk wide festival!

Solstice Shorts Line up for Carlisle

Carlisle

NOON – Carlisle

Poems
After Hours, Stuart McKenzie
An Autumn Noon, Ian Grosz
Arthur Streeton Advises his Students, Mandy Macdonald
By the Obelisk Sundial Drummond Castle, Jane Aldous
Farewell My Father, Anne Elizabeth Bevan
Fire at Midday, Susan Cartwright-Smith
I am not Beautiful at Noon, Elinor Brooks
Mad Dogs and Englishmen, Laila Sumpton
Moon Jellyfish, Ness Owen
Noon Son, Alison Lock
Noon Talk, Graham Burchell
Still No Name, Marika Josef
Sun Beats over New Orleans, Natalie Gasper
Unleashed, Paul Foy

Stories

#Noon, Su Yin Yap
Mother And Child, Barbara Renel
Noon Child Unknown, Diana Powell
On Kings And Falling, Roppotucha Greenberg
Up On The Roof, Lily Peters

Performers

Barbara Renel and Susan Cartwright-Smith will read their own work and Alex Morrison, Becca Roberts, Esther Ridgway and Owain Lewis will read the work of writers who can’t get there.

We are crowdfunding to raise money for marketing the events, until 20th November – support your local-uk wide festival!

 

An Outbreak of Peace: Clare Owen

After working as an actor and arts administrator in London, Clare married a boat builder and moved to Cornwall.  She promptly had three children and set up an improvised theatre company, re-enacting the stories of their audiences around the county.  More recently she has co-written and performed with the all women ensemble, ‘Riot of the Freelance Mind’ and she regularly reads her short fiction at spoken word events and local festivals.  She has just finished her first YA novel Zed and the Cormorants, which will be published by Arachne Press in  2019/20

Clare will read from her story The Cormorant at the An Outbreak of Peace Launch at Housmans TOMORROW 14th December 7pm

AND

at Lost in Books, Quay Street, Lostwithiel, PL22 0BS

on 16th November 2018 6pm

Solstice Shorts line up for London

Final London line up, subject to confirmation from the writers

 

Stories

A Vampire at Noon, Patience Mackarness
High Noon, Marka Rifat
Toast Crumbs, Karen Boissonneault-Gauthier
Under the L, Liam Hogan

Poems
An Autumn Noon, Ian Grosz
Arthur Streeton Advises his Students, Mandy Macdonald
I am not Beautiful at Noon, Elinor Brooks
Mad Dogs and English Men, Laila Sumpton
Noon Son, Alison Lock
Precarious, Michelle Penn
Still No Name, Marika Josef

Performers still under discussion but Marika Josef and Michelle Penn will read their  own poems, and the excellent Carrie Cohen will be helping us out with work by authors who can’t be there in person.

Music will be provided by regular SOlstice collaborators Ian Kennedy and Sarah Lloyd.

We are crowdfunding to cover the costs of venue, performers and marketing – if you would like to help out there are some gorgeous rewards go to our kickstarter page just over a week left.

An Outbreak of Peace: Katy Darby

Katy Darby co-runs the award winning Live Literature event, Liars’ League (www.liarsleague.com) and teaches writing at City University, London. Her first novel, The Whores’ Asylum, was published by Penguin in February 2012. Her personal website is www.katydarby.com.Katy is the co-editor of London Lies, Lovers’ Lies, Weird Lies adn We/She

Katy Darby copyright Jon Cartwright

She has provided us with several stories: Keep Calm and Carry On for London Lies The Horror, the Horror for  StationsCharacter Study and The Fool’s Tale for Liberty Tales,  Hunt and Pray and In the Blind for Shortest Day, Longest Night and Comeback Special for We/She. Katy regularly reads for us in her acting capacity, and runs workshops for other writers on performing their work.

Katy will read from her story, Canary Girl at the An Outbreak of Peace launch at Housmans 14th November 7pm

An Outbreak of Peace: CB Droege

CB Droege is an author and voice actor from the Queen City living in the Millionendorf. His latest book is Peacemaker and Other Stories. Other Recent publications include work in Nature Futures and Science Fiction Daily. Learn more at cbdroege.com

CB has a story in Shortest Day, Longest Night and wil read his story Sown, at the An Outbreak of Peace Launch at Housman’s 14th November 7pm

We are crowdfunding for Solstice Shorts Noon

I hate asking people for money, but at least Crowd funding can be fun, and the generosity of our authors in coming up with novel rewards is a constant pleasure.

We hope to announce our final line up of stories and poems tomorrow, but in the mean time…

This is a fast crowd fund, less than a fortnight to go already, so please, if you are thinking of supporting this year’s Solstice Shorts, Noon, don’t dawdle! We didn’t try to get arts council funding this year (to be honest still recovering from last year’s epic fundraising) so the festival is modest, locally funded as far as possible, and short – Noon, after all, despite how long it takes a clock to strike 12, is only a second long, blink and you missed it. So please don’t blink!

Because we are on 6 sites (Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Carlisle, Ynys Mon, London and Cork) there will still be a book, which will be published on 21st March – for the spring equinox, and this is one of the rewards:

If you would like to preorder a copy of this book, or buy one of the previous solstice shorts books

head over to the crowd fund on kickstarter.

It’s publication day!

In shops today, in time for the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice, An Outbreak of Peace, stories and poems in response to the end of WWI.

A collection of work from writers all over the world, and both sides of the conflict.

The brief was ‘no trenches’ and for the stories and poems to address, grief, relief and hope not vengeance, hatred or triumphalism. We were deeply moved and impressed by what we were sent, and picking the best of those for this book has been a particular pleasure.

You can order the book from us direct in our web shop (post free), or come to one of the launches –

Three launch events for An Outbreak of Peace

LONDON! Housmans 14th November

The official publication date for this anthology of new short stories and poems in response to the end of WWI, An Outbreak of Peace is the 8th November, but we are having the launch party on

Wednesday 14th, at Housmans radical bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, N1 9DX,

with readings from Clare Owen, CB Droege, Katy Darby, Chantal Heaven (fiction);

Karen Ankers, Valerie Bence, Peter Kenny, Sarah Tait (poetry).

There will also be a poppy-seed cake, and other, liquid, refreshments.

£3 on the door, redeemable against purchase of the book. (It would help our pre-event nerves if you let us know you are coming)

Manchester! Blackwells 30th November

As our authors are spread all over the globe, we are trying to give as many of them as possible an opportunity to celebrate the launch in person. We can’t afford to jaunt off to the US and Australia, or even Germany or France, but we can manage Manchester!

Northern fans of poetry and short fiction are invited to join us at Blackwells, Manchester. Near Arthur Lewis Building, The University of Manchester Bridgeford Street, M13 9PL

on 30th November at 6.30pm

There will be readings from

Rebecca SkipwithLily Peters, (fiction)

Ness Owen, Sarah Tait, Mantz Yorke, and Valerie Bence, (poetry)

and cake and liquid refreshment.

Tickets are free. https://bit.ly/2CQcuVT

And finally, for now, a reading

by Clare Owen of her story from the collection, The Cormorant,

at Lost in Books, Quay Street, Lostwithiel, PL22 0BS

on 16th November 2018 6pm