REVIEW of Story Cities on The Short Story

We’ve been reviewed by Becky Tipper over on The Short Story website

Hilights:

What emerges from this collection of stories is a sense of the infinite variety of the city – fleeting, contradictory, transcendent, prosaic, intimate, familiar, surprising – full of people we’ll never really know, whose lives briefly touch our own.

And after reading this book, I moved differently through my own city – stopping to look and listen in new ways, and noticing things I might have overlooked. Story Citiescertainly lives up to its promise as a ‘guide for the imagination.’

read the review in full here

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Story Cities at Old Royal Naval College day 2

Rather delayed (by crowdfunding mainly) here is audio of our second outing at ORNC’s bowling alley. A little echoey!

Readings from Nic Vine, Rosamund Davies, Cherry Potts, Shamini Sriskandarajah of their own stories and some by other people too – Catherine Jones, David Mathews, Rob Walton and Steven Wingate.

Rosamund reads You Stand in the Secret Place by Steve Wingate

Cherry Reads Backwater by David Mathews

Shamini reads Coffee

Nic reads Go Directly to Go by Rob Walton

Cherry Reads Lost and Found by Catherine Jones

Rosamund reads The Right Place

Cherry reads Foundation Myth

Nic reads Tech Down

Time and Tide stories: first lines

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.

There’s some tasty morsels there to bait our hook with! Please support our crowdfund! 48 hours left

 

Sea Shanty Workshop

We are running a sea shanty workshop with London Sea Shanty Collective on Saturday 23rd November as part of our fundraising for Time and Tide. We already have just enough people signed up to break even, so every person who joins us from now on is grist to the funding mill.

SEA SHANTY WORKSHOP Spend the afternoon learning approx 5 Sea Shanties in 3 or 4 part harmony in SE London

Spend the afternoon learning approx 5 Sea Shanties in 3 or 4 part harmony in celebration of this year’s Solstice Shorts Festival, Time and Tide.

The workshop will be run by a small group of London Sea Shanty Collective members, led by Chip Wilson.

SATURDAY 23rd November 2019 12:45- 17:15

ST HILDA’S CHURCH HALL, COURTRAI ROAD SE23 1NL

Find out about London Sea Shanty Collective here

Bus routes 122, P4, 171, 172 stop on the corner. Train to Crofton Park or Honor Oak Park 10 minute walk.

Street parking immediately outside. Wheelchair accessible venue – WC is a bit tight on space so might not suit someone using a large chair.

INCLUDES REFRESHMENTS all dietary issues catered for.

Advanced booking required

 

You can buy tickets here, or buy them through our crowdfund before 31st October (no difference in price unless you want to donate more) but if you go through the crowdfund, it will help it hit its all-or-nothing target!

Heave away, haul away…we’re bound for (Greenwich, Maryport, Hastings, Holyhead, Peterport, Clydebank and Lisbon!)

Writers’ crowdfund reward for Time and Tide

Crowdfund countdown: 6 days to go…

We know that a lot of the people who read our blog, follow our tweets, sign up to our newsletter or turn up to our events are writers – they may be published by us, or by someone else or they may not be published yet, but they are writers.

This one’s for you.

Get a critique of your fiction: up to 2000 words critiqued by Cherry Potts: author, editor, creative writing tutor and founder of Solstice Shorts Festival. (by email only) for £30 – if you want a longer piece critiqued, pay more! but £30 per 2000 words. Cherry doesn’t pull her punches, you’ll get an honest opinion. Some would say that’s worth rubis and gold dubloons and pearls and… wait a minute, who let that pirate in here?

(Picture above is from our advice-for-writers handmade-book, Allow Your Pen to Lead the Way, we’ve sold out of this on the crowd fund but you get the idea.)

If you would like to support our crowdfund and get your work critiqued, have a riffle through the crowdfunding site!

City Writes 2019

On Wednesday 11th December, you are invited to City Writes Autumn 2019, at City125 Suite, 26-38 Whiskin Street EC1R 0JD

Arachne Press editors Cherry Potts and Rosamund Davies will be reading alongside other Story Cities authors, Evleen Towey, Jayne Buxton and Máire Owens and there will be readings from the winners of this term’s flash writing contest (tba).

TICKETS £10 in advance only

 

Time and Tide anthology crowdfund reward

Crowdfund countdown: 7 days to go!

The official launch of the Time and Tide Anthology is 21st March, but we are producing a special LIMITED edition for the festival, for the authors and for the crowdfund! At the moment it looks like there will be 250 copies, but it depends how many people choose it as their reward for supporting the crowdfund.

For those of you who like their reading electronic, an ebook will also be available, but this will be the standard edition of the book.

20 short stories and 46 poems with bonuses not included in the official version, this special edition wil not be available through bookshops.

If you would like to support our crowdfund and get a special editon, or an ebook, have a riffle through the crowdfunding site!

‘Haul away’ a crowdfund reward for Time and Tide, me hearties

Crowdfund countdown: 8 days to go…

We are running a sea shanty workshop with London Sea Shanty Collective on Saturday 23rd November as part of our fundraising for Time and Tide. We already have just enough people signed up to break even, so every person who joins us from now on is grist to the funding mill.

You can buy tickets here, or buy them through the crowdfund (no difference in price unless you want to donate more) but if you go through the crowdfund, it will help it hit its all-or-nothing target!

Heave away, haul away…we’re bound for (Greenwich, Maryport, Hastings, Holyhead, Peterport, Clydebank and Lisbon!)

crowd fund rewards for Time and Tide – books

Crowdfund countdown: 9 days to go…

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

2015/16 – Shortest Day, Longest Night

2017 Dusk

2018 Noon

If you would like to support our crowdfund and get one of these lovely books, have a riffle through the crowdfunding site!

 

Crowdfund rewards- time and tide tickets

Crowdfund countdown: 10 days to go…

Ticketing an event that happens in four countries, seven towns and at different times of day and length of event, in a wild variety of venues… is quite a challenge. So we have decided to make all audience contributions voluntary, with a suggested £3 guide price. This won’t cover the costs, but it will help, and leave people enough cash to buy a book or three.

As part of the crowdfund you can buy yourself a ticket, or buy one for a stranger.

We have a straightforward £3 ticket for you, a pay it forward £3 ticket for a stranger, or a £6 supporter ticket which buys you a ticket, and buys a ticket for a stranger. When we get that far, we’ll ask you which venue your ticket is for.

If you would like to support our crowdfund and get a ticket for the event, for you, and/or for a stranger, have a riffle through the crowdfunding site!