The Old Woman from Friuli at Ealing – recording

Here’s a recording of The Old Woman From Friuli by Ghillian Potts being read last week at West Ealing Library by Ghil’s daughter, Cherry.

The Old Woman is next being read at our 5th Anniversary celebrations at Manor House Library in Lee SE13 on 8th September at 6.30pm. This event is free, but ticketed.

Then at Shoreham Library as part of the Shoreham Word Fest on October 14th at 11 am where it will be read by Tash Fairbanks. This event is free.

#Arachne5 Anniversary celebrations

This is the hashtag we are using for the 5th birthday celebrations so if you post to Instagram or Tweet anything about our 5th, say #arachne5 as well! Ta.

(Hello all those people saying WHAT? I know, I feel the same, but we have to try to move with the times)

This is where we are having the party. Manor House Library. IN LEE SE13 5SY, not the North London Manor House!

6.30-9.30 8th September, which is the 5th anniversary of the publication of our first book, London Lies

If the weather is good, and I can find suitable outdoor light, we will be performing on those steps, and the audience will be picnicking on the grass, with chairs arrayed to the sides on the gravel.

If not we will be inside, in the main body of the library.

Current line up (Not in this order):

Poems from

Jeremy Dixon (The Other Side of Sleep and Liberty Tales), Reading from both titles
Sarah Lawson (The Other Side of Sleep, A Midsummer’s Night in the Garden) reading her poem from the Midsummer event last year
Kate Foley (The Other Side of Sleep, Liberty Tales, The Don’t Touch Garden), reading from The Don’t Touch Garden

Short Stories from

Ghillian Potts (The Old Woman From Friuli, Brat) – OWFF, read by an actor
Carolyn Eden (Liberty Tales) reading from Liberty Tales
Liam Hogan (London Lies, Liberty Tales, Shortest Day Longest Night, Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed) reading from Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed
Nichol Wilmor (London Lies, Lovers’ Lies, Weird Lies), Reading from Weird Lies
Katy Darby (London Lies, Lovers’ Lies’, Liberty Tales, Shortest Day Longest Night.) reading from London Lies
Cherry Potts (London Lies, Lovers’ Lies’, Liberty Tales, Shortest Day Longest Night, Mosaic of Air, The Dowry Blade) reading from Lovers’ Lies

Music from
Ian Kennedy & Sarah Lloyd
Summer All Year Long

Get your free/ donation ticket here:

Eventbrite - Arachne Press 5th Anniversary Party

 

 

Our 5th Anniversary celebrations approach

Arachne Press is Celebrating our 5th Anniversary

Come to the FREE Party

Tickets for the party: eventbrite

Friday 8th September 2017 6.30-9.30pm

Readings of Poetry & Stories from (almost definitely)

Carolyn Eden (aka Carrie Cohen), Liam Hogan, Cherry Potts, Katy Darby, Kate Foley, Jeremy Dixon plus others

and Live Music from
Ian Kennedy & Sarah Lloyd
Summer All Year Long

Manor House Library
34 Old Road
SE13 5SY

in the Garden if fine, else Indoors
Refreshments Available for a Modest Donation
Books on Sale – special offers

Tickets for the party: eventbrite

PLUS

We will be Touring a Retrospective Selection of Stories & Poems until December 2017

Starting at Archway With Words festival on 27th September at Archway Library.
If you would like to invite us to your bookshop, library, festival, live lit night, college, or school, get in touch

Special Offers on Books bought direct from our website (our first 5 titles at £5 each, plus other reductions)

Free Books available to Libraries (our first 5 titles available free to bona fide libraries – you just pay for delivery get in touch)

A three-year plan of new publications including new poetry collections from Jeremy Dixon, Kate Foley, Cathy Bryant

The remaining YA titles on the Brook Storyteller series from Ghillian Potts

A women only anthology in collaboration with Liars League to celebrate the anniversary of women getting the vote.

An anthology to commemorate the ending of WWI, provisionally entitled An Outbreak of Peace.

Possibles

a Story Sessions anthology – stories and poems by people who have taken part in Story Sessions who we haven’t already published.

A 5 poet anthology – exact inclusions to be confirmed, but people we have only so far published in anthologies

A 5 author story anthology – exact inclusions to be confirmed, but people we have only so far published in anthologies

Plus others including novels, still in consideration.

The next 3 Solstice Shorts Festivals will be: Dusk 21st December 2017, Dawn 21st December 2018 and Time & Tide 21st December 2019 (this one will be all day as it falls at the weekend)

 

Of course, none of this (apart from the party and the tour) will happen unless we get some funding, or you lot buy an awful lot of books!  So you can guess what we will be up to for the next couple of months.

 

The Old Woman is in Ealing this weekend

Another outing for The Old Woman from Friuli!

Ghillian Potts‘ creation will continue her tour of London Libraries at West Ealing Library Melbourne Avenue, Ealing, W13 9BT

Reading by the author’s daughter & publisher Cherry Potts

Saturday 12th August 2pm Free

Suitable for everyone age of 5 and above

Books available for sale

In the meantime here’s Sarah Feathers reading the book at Osterley Library last month!

The Old Woman heads north

The Old Woman From Friuli by Ghillian Potts will be read by actor Patsy Prince

At Stanmore Library, 8 Stanmore Hill, Stanmore, HA7 3BQ

on 8th July 2017 2pm FREE

Warning: Don’t try to get the better of someone from Friuli. Especially not a woman, and extra-especially not an Old Woman.

books available for sale

 

I loved this story.

… a clarion call to our daughters… Three cheers, I say!

[The Book Bag, 4 stars]

Call for expressions of interest – Dusk for Solstice Shorts 2017

It’s the summer solstice, and it’s National Writing Day, so as it is the longest day of the year you should absolutely be writing until at least 10pm tonight. With that in mind here is something to whet your appetite.

All of this is subject to our getting funding. We won’t know that for a while. We’ve been successful before, though.
This year’s Solstice Shorts Festival (21st December) once again falls on a weekday, so we are taking that SHORT thing and running the event between sunset (when the sun starts going down, and dusk when it’s good and gone. that’s a really short time frame, so we want to do multiple sites around the UK, starting wherever the sun goes down earliest and finishing where it disappears at the latest moment. with (probably) one song one story one poem at each venue, we hope with a live link up via live streaming of some kind.
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR RIGHT NOW
Expressions of interest from writers, musicians AND venues – so essentially just a covering letter, saying who you are, what you’ve written/had published before, and what you might like to write in response to the theme, and MOST importantly, where you are.

submit

This will be a UK only call out this time because of the structure of what we have planned.

For absolute clarity, these are works suitable for performance: story, poem or song, and  as we often have submissions which are off theme, your work should in some way address DUSK. Interpret how you will, but if we can’t recognise a link to DUSK, your  work won’t get chosen… and please no death or dementia stories we’ve read SO many of those that no matter how wonderful, it’s a case of ‘not another one!’ Bleak is fine, just not those particularl kinds of bleak.

Starling Flock Dumfries Shutterstock/Erni

Successful stories & poems will be performed by actors, and will go forward to next year’s Dawn & Dusk anthology, for which royalties will be paid.
Musicians: we aren’t a recording company so we can’t offer anything on those lines, but if anyone who knows someone who can, put us in touch.
All Entries in English (or BSL for a story/poem) and your own unaided original and UNPUBLISHED work.
Songs: we would prefer the musicians among you to be able to perform at your most local venue yourselves (wherever that ultimately is).
ADDITIONAL heads up! We welcome stories/ poems from Deaf writers. If you want to submit in BSL you can send us a video. AVI, MP4, WMA, MOV. We also welcome entries from blind writers. You can submit using audio files. MP3 or WAV, as can musicians, when the time comes.

Send your expression of interest via SUBMITTABLE, communications received by any other route are likely to get lost, that’s why we pay submittable to manage these things. Thanks!

submit

The Old Woman & Brat at Deptford Lounge

Carrie Cohen is reprising her readings of The Old Woman From Friuli & BRAT at

Deptford Lounge, 5 Giffin Street, SE8 4RQ on 1st July at 11am

For younger readers (5-9, and up to 90 really) Bad tempered dukes, clever counsellors, and really stuborn old women.

For young adults (11-16 plus) outlaws, missing fathers and beggar children in a fantasy novel which is the first of a trilogy.

Ghillian Potts cutting launch cake

Image

The Old Woman From Friuli‘s house, in gingerbread form. Author Ghillian Potts cuts the launch cake.

copyright Russell Potts

Deliver Me at Urban Myth for Brockley Max

The last of the outings for Shortest Day, Longest Night, Rosalind Stopps reads Deliver Me  at WooA’s Urban Myths evening at Brockley Max

 

Happy Ending in Oxford

I don’t know how it happened but I didn’t post the videos from our Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed tour date at Albion Beatnik  in Oxford! Liam Hogan did a great job without any actorly support.

I will just remedy that…

 

There we go. A reminder of what a lot of fun we had choosing locality appropriate stories.

You can by a copy of Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed direct and post free here, of if you are in Oxford I expect Dennis still has a couple in stock, or if you are going to Liars’ League tonight, Liam will be there with a handful of books a pen for signing, and a hopeful expression.