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
For those in the know there’s a nod at quite a few of the stories.
Continuing the dip into the detail of Time and tide – more first lines, this time from the Stories: Elizabeth Hopkinson, A Madras Crossing: I thought the worst of the voyage was over when we weighed anchor off the coast of Madras. Diana Powell, Ballast: Let me speak to you about the sea… how I always loved it. Diana Powell, Sea Change, There are voices here. Cathy Lennon, Casting The Stones: The party went out of the garden gate and set off along the duckboards. Neil Lawrence, Diaspora: The man with huge whiskers is talking loudly. Juliet Humphreys, Fisherfolk: In Quay Street, when a woman begins to moan with the coming of a child, word goes out. Holly Magee, Granmama’s Paradise: When I was little, I slurred my syllables together. Linda McMullen, The Fisherman’s Wife: When I met my husband, he was a modest clerk at a promising company. Eoghan Hughes, Herr Dressler: I had left the Alma at closing time and was stumbling along the breakwater the first night I saw the light at sea. Pauline Walker, Hingland: Constance was only just beginning to enjoy the voyage. Roppotucha Greenberg, Listen, Noah’s Wife: He’ll install a foghorn to sound every night. Emily Bullock, Man Overboard: All dreams of death can be forgotten on waking, except when under that final sleep from which there is no waking and only a long forgetting. CB Droege, Metharme: I stand at the prow of the ship, one more in a long, long line of ships. Kilmeny Macmichael, Remittance: Sir inform have not received expected amount this first of month reason Barbara Renel, The Professor’s Daughter: Her dad locks the booth and gives her the key. Paul Foy, The Answer, My Friend: It might be that the day takes you down to the beach with your book and wraparound sunglasses, your Beats and that blast-from-the-past playlist that you made when you realised that loss is all about finding again. Rob Walton, The Dowager Duchess Of Berwick-Upon-Tweed: She hated the Dowager bit, and she no longer particularly cared for the Duchess part, but she had not yet decided what to do about any of it. Maria Kyle, The Surgeon’s Mate: ’Tis no easy matter to cut off a man’s leg. Cindy George, The Wreck Of The Kyllikki: Sea coal just washes up on the beach and no one knows where it comes from. Sheila Lockhart, Turquoise: Every morning after breakfast Ibrahim walked down to the perimeter fence to look at the sea.
The closest we’ve got is Math Jones‘ The Knotsman, which has quite a bit of distressing material in it, but does it from a position of compassion – ‘this is awful’, rather than ‘oooh, isn’t this awful‘.
So if you fancy something to get the ice running down your back, Math’s your man.
It would please Math mightily if you were to celebrate Samhain with his book seeing as he is a pagan.
you can buy a copy here… and if you buy it BEFORE halloween the postage is still free. we are going to have to start charging UK customers after that.
If however, your tastes run to the more traditional halloween fair, there’s a live lit gig, Frightful Yarns, at Honor Oak pub, St Germains Road SE23 on the very night, at 7.30, raising money for our local festival, Brockley Max. Arachne authors Cherry Potts and Neil Lawrence are among the readers, with dark tales of revenge and paranoia. tickets £5
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
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
somewhere, but this is roughly what they will look like.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.