looking forward to Story Cities in Greenwich

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.

final reward added to Solstice Shorts Crowdfund

This one is to make Mandy Macdonald laugh, if she remembers a conversation earlier in the year.

It is a little known fact that one of the reasons that Arachne Press is called ‘Arachne’ is because editor in Chief and owner Cherry (that’s me) is a spinner and weaver. Not about to challenge Athene to a weave-off however!

So on the theme of textiles, the final reward on offer for our Crowd fund (finishing 4pm on TUESDAY – thats only 48 hours left!)

For £40 or more, a hand-stitched designed-to-your-preference (up to a point, limited by my skill!) book/mini-ipad/kindle pouch, or something of similar dimensions. (this stuff is erroneously known as tapestry, it really isn’t, I’ve made real woven tapestries, MUCH harder. This is tent stitch.) There is only ONE on offer.

My designs tend towards the geometric, but not necessarily symmetric, and will be limited to the colour palette shown on the left! previous design below to give you an idea. This takes a while as I only do it when also watching TV, so if you want it for someone’s birthday, allow a few months!

 

Crowd fund Reward Noon T Shirt

Crowd funding. I kind of hate it. Asking people for money goes against the grain.  Having to keep on about it so people don’t forget. It is painful. Seven Days to go now.

Plug. Plug. Plug.

Be that as it may, here I go again, with something that you can wear.

Pledge £20 or more

Noon T-shirt

Black T-shirt with our Noon design. Sizes tend to come up a bit small consider ordering a size larger than you would usually.

Available in sizes S to XXL

crowdfunding – tell us what you want!

We are exactly half way through our crowd fund, but have only hit 25% or the target AAAARGGHH!

If there’s something (no rude suggestions ta) that you’d like to see in the rewards that’s within our capacity to provide, tell us what is missing. I’m just about to add some music from previous collaborators in Solstice Shorts, and an invitation to the launch of the forthcoming book in March 2019 in London.

Don’t hang about folks. there are only 7 days left to raise the money.

I’ll even consider baking a second cake. (She says, looking a the time.)

 

Crowd fund reward: Badges

Badges.

You know we make badges to go with our books?

 

 

 

 

 

 

You usually get one free if you buy a book at an event.

 

 

 

We use them as crowd fund rewards too. You could get one from our current crowd fund to support the next Solstice Shorts Festival: Noon. Just a thought. Eight Days to Go

 

 

 

Here’s what’s on offer right now. We might make some more new ones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crowd fund reward: Cake

Nine days to go…This is strictly for people within easy reach of South London.

A cake baked for you by Arachne Press baker in chief, Cherry Potts. Delivered personally or you can collect.

Here are some past launch and celebration cakes. They aren’t generally very glamorous but they taste good!

Cake can be dairy (but not egg) free (I’m not that skilled), and/or gluten-free (my gluten free cake is chocolate swiss roll). This is a one-off. Book your cake from our crowd fund

Lop-sided Liars’ Cake

Gingerbread cottage meeting its fate copyright Russell Potts

Handmade book – Crowd fund reward

This is a quirky one.Support our crowd fund to support Solstice Shorts Noon receive…

LIMITED EDITION Handmade book

Poet and maker of hand-made books, Jeremy Dixon (Hazard Press)  made us a handmade 20 page (Incl cover) A5 notebook, into which many of our writers wrote their top writing tip or exercise. Handwritten, scanned and then printed by Jeremy in his own inimitable fashion. Classy, useful and unique!

 There ARE only  6

Never be intimidated by a blank page again – we’ll have scrawled on it already! £20

…in a very tactile cover.

Bespoke short story – crowd fund reward

Pledge £60 or more in our crowd fund to raise cash for Noon and receive a bespoke story from David Mathews

David

Here’s the deal – commission David to write something tailored for a friend or a loved one for, say, a Christmas pressie? 1000 words. David needs three weeks’ notice. One week to write and two to edit, with your input if you want it. Printed and Bound. Copyright stays with David, but you can distribute widely.
David has been published by us several times, and was one of the winners of the 1st Solstice Shorts competition, with his brilliantly funny Wednesday Afternoons.

There is only 1 of these on offer, get it while it is still available!

This was a popular reward last year!

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.

Solar Noon for Solstice Shorts Festival

Having published the long list, and while we work on the shortlist we thought it was time for a bit more info about the festival itself.

Solstice Shorts has been going since 2014 in a variety of guises including last year’s epic UK wide Dusk celebration.

There’s something about the dark time of the year that lends itself to storytelling, and because we are celebrating the shortest day of the year, short fiction is a given. We’ve always had music, and have subsequently introduced poetry (partly because the poets were feeling left out!).

So this year, Noon: the highest the sun gets, which in December, isn’t very far, depending on where you are. In Greenwich, home to Solstice Shorts and the accurate measurement of time, Noon on 21st December will be at 11.58. So I guess we’ll be starting a bit before twelve to make sure we mark it appropriately, although of course, in Aberdeen noon isn’t until 12:06, and Cork 12.31!

Our venues:

Aberdeen: Blackwells 99 High St, Aberdeen AB24 3EN

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Edinburgh: Summerhall Arts Centre Cafe 1 Summerhall, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL

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Carlisle: The Old Firestation, Peter Street, Carlisle, CA3 8QP

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Ynys Mon: Ucheldre Centre Restaurant, Millbank, Holyhead, Isle of Anglesey, LL65 1TE

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London: The Bakehouse Theatre. Age Exchange, 11 Blackheath Village, SE3 9LA

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CorkO’SHO Barrack Street, Cork, Eire

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We plan to live stream again, hopefully to the right sites this year!!

Local organisers: Jane Aldous, Ness Owen & Cybi Poets, Cherry Potts (Arachne Press), Anne Bevan, Barbara Renel, Intuitive Music Aberdeen.