More dates for The Dowry Blade readings

Moving into March already.

Meet author Cherry Potts and hear readings from The Dowry Blade, buy a signed copy, and ask questions if you feel so inclined!

Cherry and Julian small

3rd March, 7pm 

Beckenham Bookshop

42 High Street
Beckenham
Kent
BR3 1AY

(near Beckenham Junction)

 

 

 

 

IMG_857024th March 7pm

Gays The Word

66 Marchmont Street
London
WC1N 1AB

(Between Kings Cross and Russell Square Tube stations)

A joint reading with Kate Foley, poetry and fantasy, what a heady mix!

Readings from The Dowry Blade and The Don’t Touch Garden

£3 on the door, but there’s alcohol.

The Dowry Blade – books have arrived!

The printers (TJI) have done a lovely job, and the books look absolutely amazing. So you can place orders for The Dowry Blade direct with us via our web shop NOW, and come along to events and buy a copy, but it won’t be in the bookshops until 25th February. Get yours ahead of the crowd!

Dowry blade arrives

Launching The Dowry Blade in Clapham

Our lovely friends at Clapham Books are hosting a publication day event for
The Dowry Blade our first adult novel, by Cherry Potts.

Join us at 

Clapham Books

26 The Pavement, Clapham Common, SW4 0JA

7:30 – 9pm on Thursday 25th February

for reading, signed copies of the book and discussion,

Free!

The Dowry Blade FRONT Cover final

The Dowry Blade is a lesbian epic fantasy of the strength and limitations of love and loyalty in a time of war and danger: between friends, lovers, kin, strangers– and enemies.

 

Launching The Dowry Blade in Lewisham

Our lovely friends at Lewisham Library are hosting a just-pre-publication event for The Dowry Blade our first adult novel, by Cherry Potts.

Join us at Lewisham Library 199-201 Lewisham High Street SE13 6LG

6:30 – 8pm on Wednesday 24th February

(the day before publication)

Free!

for readings, discussion,

modestly reduced pre-publication pricing on (signed) copies of the book,

and I believe there will be refreshments, which may include cakes!

The Dowry Blade FRONT Cover final

The Dowry Blade is a lesbian epic fantasy of the strength and limitations of love and loyalty in a time of war and danger: between friends, lovers, kin, strangers– and enemies.

Suitable for anyone over the age of fourteen.

Solstice Shorts on the Radio and on the Street

Listen to Cherry Potts talking about Solstice Shorts 2015: Longest Night to Gill Manly on Croydon Radio : (our segment is from 1:11 to 1:26 approximately.)
As well as talking we’ve been getting wet on the streets of Greenwich delivering leaflets and posters to like-minded venues,2015-12-08 15.33.01

 

and putting up the banner outside the library.2015-12-08 15.02.04

Heading out to bookshops in the locality today, and the Albany tomorrow. We have a LOT of A4 posters, if anyone has somewhere to put one – a window on a main-ish street, a pub wall,  the noticeboard at work, community board at your local cafe… if you are close enough to Forest Hill to pick one up or for us to drop one (or more!) round, get in touch.

 

Support Solstice Shorts come to a booklaunch

If you’ve never been to a book launch but always wondered what really happens you are invited to Arachne’s next one, which will be for The Dowry Blade, Arachne founder Cherry Potts‘ Fantasy epic. there are a handful of invitations up for grabs as part of our crowd fund for Solstice shorts Longest Night,

The Dowry Blade is around 170,000 words long, so is coming out in support of its smaller siblings the short story, generally weighing in (for Solshorts anyway) at around 2000 words.

The booklaunch will be in late February, in London – either central or South East, so if you’d like to come along, support our festival! You only have until 1st December to grab an invitation! It may look a bit like this. There will be drink, there may be cake…

meeting authors and eating cake at an Arachne event

meeting authors and eating cake at an Arachne event

Professional edit of your 2000 word story/ novel extract

Another of our offers for crowd fund supporters – a professional edit from Arachne Press managing editor Cherry Potts. For £100 you will get thorough, honest, detailed feedback on up to 2000 words of short story or 2000 word novel extract. £200 a total bargain! Be grateful we aren’t offering you under-editor Julian’s services…

Help us raise enough to run Solstice Shorts 2015, Longest Night by contributing to our crowd fund at Indiegogo.

LGBT History Month – Cherry Potts & VA Fearon shout about Lesbian Literature

Video

Shouting turned out not to be needed, but here we are talking about Lesbian Literature at North Kensington Library last week.

If you want more Lesbian (and Gay) Literature from Cherry, catch her reading and discussing her own work and that of Arachne Press more generally on Thursday 26th February at Richmond Lending Library,  Little Green, London, TW9 1QL 7pm. book for this event (£2)

 

Celebrate LGBT History Month 2015

Celebrating LGBT history month, Cherry Potts, Arachne’s owner and editor, and author of Mosaic of Air is appearing in an exhibition of photos by Tom Dingley at various venues in Lewisham Borough as part of Tom’s #Outcome project.

Cherry Potts copyright Tom Dingley 2014

Cherry Potts copyright Tom Dingley 2014

Cherry will also be talking about lesbian literature, publishing and reading from her work,
at North Kensington Library on 12th February at 6pm (With V A Fearon) free!

Shouting about Lesbian Literature: coming out as a lesbian writer

Cherry Potts’ first collection of lesbian short stories, Mosaic of Air was published over 20 years ago, and she now owns her own independent publishing house, Arachne Press. V.A. Fearon’s first self-published crime thriller, The Girl with the Treasure Chest came out last year. What has changed for the Lesbian author in the interim? What has the recent surge of self and indie publishing done for lesbian literature (and what is it anyway)? Two personal approaches with readings.

Book your free place for this event at North Kensington Library. Tel: 020 7361 3010
and at Richmond Library on 26th February at 7pm (£2).

An evening with writer and publisher Cherry Potts at Richmond Lending Library

Join writer and publisher Cherry Potts for an evening of readings and informal discussion of Lesbian and Gay writing with a whirl through anything from myth to science fiction. Cherry will read from her own work and others published by her award-winning publishing house, Arachne Press. Tickets £2.00 including refreshments.

Richmond Lending Library, Little Green, Richmond, TW9 1QL

You can book online for the Richmond Library event

Book your place on Free Solstice Shorts Writers Workshops

As part of the Solstice Shorts Festival Arachne Press and Spread the Word are teaming up to bring this FREE workshop for writers to the festival.

Hosted by Paul Sherreard, Writing Dimensions looks at writing in response to Place, Time and Space. A unique opportunity to write in the Royal Observatory and explore character within a place, be inspired by both the architecture and setting but also the artifacts and concepts that the Observatory celebrates, and of course the fact that you will be writing on the shortest day of the year (and the longest nights are either side of you!)

We are running this workshop 3 times during the day, with THE MIDDLE SESSION Writing with your Ears hosted by Cherry Potts including LIVE Improvised MUSIC from IAN KENNEDY and SARAH LLOYD as an additional inspiration.

If you want to, you can come to more than one session, but you must book each individual sessions to do so.

Workshops will be BSL Interpreted.

book your free ticket on EventBrite:

Writing Dimensions 1 11:15-12:15

Writing with your Ears 12:45-13:45

Writing Dimensions 2 14:15-15:15

Sarah & Ian talk about playing for the workshop here: