Story Cities hits the shops on 13th June, but you will have to wait for the LAUNCH PARTY until… Thursday 20th June, 7pm
Stephen Lawrence Gallery, 10 Stockwell Street SE10 9BD
Everyone welcome, FREE but please book a ticket so we know how many to cater for.
Launch party featuring readings of flash fictions from Jayne Buxton, Annabel Banks, Shamini Sriskandarajah,Sarah-Clare Conlon, Maja Bodenstein, Evleen Towey, Kam Rehal, Máire Malone, Roland Denning, Jasmin Kirkbride, Rosamund Davies and Cherry Potts.
There will be cake. Of course. I’m think of a little forest of gingerbread buildings stuck into something chocolately…
Just before that, editors Rosamund, Cherry and Kam will be doing a panel discussion at Greenwich Book Festival Room QA065 Queen Anne Court Greenwich University Old Naval College Greenwich SE10 9LS at 10am on Saturday 15th June FREE but you will need a ticket.
We are involved in Brockley Max Festival again this year, with readings in a church, and a brewery!
Sunday 2nd June 7pm
St Hilda’s Church Courtrai Road SE23 1PL
The Knotsman does not exist, you will not find him in history books or collections of ‘bygone’ skills. But there he is, going from house to house, village to village, poem to poem, battlefield to gallows, unravelling knots and problems, physical, emotional and psychological; a new kind of cunning man, not always welcome, not always quite as clever as his fingers and picks would have him believe.
Wednesday 5th June 7pm
We will be at the lovely Brockley Brewery, 31 Harcourt Road London SE4 2AJ
Readings of poetry and short stories on the theme of Noon from the Solstice Shorts Anthology of the same name
Everyone thinks of noon as being a split second as the clock’s hands draw together, the bell tolls twelve times – but there is so much more to it than that.
We are once again taking part in the lovely Hither Green Festival (they ask us, this is so rare, and so good for the ego!)
Saturday May 18th 7pm
at one of our favourite venues,
Manor House Library, on Old Road SE13 5SY
Readings of stories and poems based in the past – from the 17th to the 20th Century – life stories and imagined lives, followed by a fairly short discussion about writing from history – what inspired the piece, what research was needed, how was the story shaped by the facts and which got in the way – that sort of thing.
Kate Foley will read from her two poetry collections of personal history, spanning adoption and WWI to coming out as a lesbian in the second half of the 20th Century, The Don’t Touch Garden and A Gift of Rivers
Joan Taylor-Rowan will read her short story The Bet about an incident during the Troubles in Northern Ireland.
Cherry Potts will read from her novel in progress, The Bog Mermaid, set in 1926 and 1976.
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
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:
7-9pm GREENWICH Stephen Lawrence Gallery 10 Stockwell Street London SE10 9BD free facebook event
Organised by us.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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!