Five by Five – Stop Press Guatamala Volcano

Author Cassandra Passarelli writes about Guatemala in the stories she wrote for Five by Five.

Cassandra’s mother-in-law runs a library for children which Cassandra helped set up in San Antonio Aguas Calientes, which is 4km from the eruption. Three of Cassandra’s five stories are set in this village.

If you want to help the people affected by the eruption you can give money via this go fund me link to verified agencies.


Brockley MAX Story Sessions: Asylum

brockley max 16The Story Sessions is out of retirement for BrockleyMax. FREE EVENT

refugees welcomeSaturday 28th May 3.30pm in St Hilda’s Church, Courtrai Road Crofton Park SE23 1PL: Asylum – stories and poems and music around the concept of safety/sanctuary or the need for it. This is partly to showcase the Refugees Welcome anthology (not published by us, raising funds for Red Cross Refugee work) and will include stories from the book. Stories will be read by a mixture of authors and actors – where the author’s name is in bold, they are reading.

Refreshments avilable from 3pm. (if you have the stamina there’s a singing workshop with Various Voices on the same theme at 6:45 in the undercroft.)

The line up:

Music & story from Matthew Crampton from his book & show – Human Cargo

Story Mouse by David Mathews, which is featured in last year’s Solstice Shorts and will be in the forthcoming anthology Shortest Day, Longest Night Read by Alix Adams

Story Queues from Cherry Potts, from the Refugees Welcome anthology

Story This England by Oscar Windsor-Smith from the Refugees Welcome anthology Read by Alix Adams

Poems  Roots and Jail Break by Kate Foley* read by Katy Darby

Story Etymology of Happiness by Jane Roberts from the Refugees Welcome anthology read by Katy Darby

and of course …. YOU!

The Story Sessions is run like a folk club – headliners, support acts and floor spots – you can join in with 100 words of fiction or poetry on theme. Come prepared or write something with a cup of tea between 3-3.30, pens & paper will be provided!Story Sessions logo copy





*Kate Foley WILL be reading her own poetry at the NEXT The Story Sessions on 1st June at The Brockley Deli. Theme Childhood.

A Baker’s Dozen – a charity chapbook

Arachne Author David Mathews is producing a limited edition chapbook for charity – A Baker’s Dozen of 13 stories about and inspired by SCONES. If you would like a copy contact us and we’ll pass your details on to David. DEADLINE 8th February 2016

Message from David (edited from the original for length)

Last July our friend John was nearly killed in an accident on the Dorset coast. His rescue and initial treatment were down to the air ambulance service. Air ambulances are not state funded, and depend on donations and fund-raising. John is up and about, thanks also to brilliant health care in Plymouth and Yeovil, and, with his wife Lyn, is organising a fund-raising event for the Devon and the Dorset & Somerset services at Lopen in Somerset, the Lopen Sconathon. Record-breaking baking, eating, selling, and juggling of scones, as many as possible over 10 hours on 12 March.  Read about it here.

Jane and I will be running a modest cream tea event, with lots of scone baking, at our home in Dourgne for our local friends and friends of John and Lyn, linked to the main event by Skype, and we hope to contribute some Euros to the pile of Somerset gold.


The particular point of this message is that I am writing thirteen short stories on a scone theme – A Baker’s Dozen – to be sold as a chapbook in support of the event. I believe this to be a world first for a story collection, and it will include one item in a new genre, what I am calling psychocuisine, rather like psychogeography, only with flour, butter and sugar rather than city streets.


In the spirit of crowdfunding, if you were to order a copy (or several, think presents here) before 8 Feb for the standard price of £5, (a) you could have your name inside the back cover as a supporter, (b) I would be immensely heartened and (c) you would help fund a bigger print run.

Just remember, world first for a story collection.