Story Cities Published today!

Officially Published Today! And we have a banner to prove it.

Get yourselves to a bookshop! Should it not already be in stock, (tsk, tsk) all the info you need is here: Story Cities

You can join us to celebrate at one of three FREE events, where the banner will be put to good use.

Panel discussion with the editors at Greenwich Book Festival Saturday 15th June 10am. Venue QA065, Queen Anne Court, University of Greenwich, Park Row SE10 9LS Free but ticketed
LAUNCH PARTY Thursday 20th June, 7pm with readings and cake,
Stephen Lawrence Gallery, 10 Stockwell Street, SE10 9BD FREE but ticketed
more details here (people tend to think this is in the Stephen Lawrence Building – IT ISN’T. It’s the road with the Theatre in, access through the University main entrance.
Launch party Thursday 27th June 7pm with readings, (and cake, possibly) Blackwells, Manchester University Green, 146 Oxford Road, M13 9GP free but ticketed

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!

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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.

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.

July happenings

Arachne will be trundling about this month – founder Cherry Potts is speaking at St Leonard’s Salon on 20th July (That’s St Leonard’s near Hastings) south coast friends, and anyone who’d like a trip to the seaside, it would be lovely to see you! Alix Adams will be there too, helping to read extracts from various books.

On the 26th we are at Bookwood pop-up book fair along with lots of other small indie publishers, at Netil Market in Westwood Street E8 (Near Broadway Market). It’s handy for the Overground, so we are hoping for fine weather and are in discussion as to whether there is somewhere practical for Stations authors Bartle Sawbridge, Rosalind Stopps and Wendy Gill to read to you. We hope so, as it will be very close to Arachne’s 3rd birthday, and we like to celebrate in style! Come along for special birthday offers, and signed copies.

 

TLW LEXiCON day 1

Saturday: It’s sunny in Faversham, and the peaceful rather lovely market town is doing it’s thing, having a market, (excellent russian street food) and round the corner in the Alexander Centre there are writers and publishers at TLW LEXiCON talking about writing and publishing and marketing and … making friends, reading their work (aloud! Including Arachne Authors Katy Darby and Bartle Sawbridge) selling books and generally having a good time.

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Bartle Sawbridge reading at LEXiCON

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Katy Darby reading at LEXiCON

Sunday: we’re still here, doing the writery stuff. So if you live in North Kent, or even South East London, it’s a lovely day, come down to Faversham, enjoy the pubs and cafes, walk along the creek and drop into the Alexander Centre to meet the lovely people. We’re talking about writing across genres at 10, and Cherry Potts is reading a story of YOUR choice (so long as she wrote it, and you are there to ask) at around 12 (the schedule has been a little fluid).

Leeds Book Fair blog

leedsPOSTERWe are heading north on Saturday the 27th July to take part in the Leeds Book Fair.

you can read Cherry Potts‘ contribution to the Leeds Book Fair blog here.

Cherry and Richard Smyth will be reading Mirror and This Isn’t Heat from Lovers’ Lies at 10:30 and Louise Swingler will be reading Morning, Sunshine, from Stations at 5pm. We will have a stall, and be available to sign books for Leeds based readers.

July events (and the last one for June)

A few events to look forward to and to liven up a dull wet Friday.

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Tomorrow, Saturday 30th June 11-6 we will have a stall at Crystal Palace Overground Festival, Westow Park SE19. We will be selling books, and signing them if anyone wants us to, and – depending on the ambient noise – maybe an impromptu reading…

BC-IllustratorArachne founder and Author Cherry Potts is reading at Brixton Book Jam on Monday 8th July at the Hootananny, 95 Effra Road, Brixton, SW2 IDF sometime after 7:30 and can also be caught singing in the chorus of Blackheath Halls Community Opera, Verdi’s Macbeth for most of the rest of that week.

Further readings to be had at
Southwark Arts Fair at Hays Galleria 1 Battle Bridge Lane, London SE1 2HP (right on the river)
Saturday 13th July 6-7pm

with readings from
London Lies: The Suitcase Rosalind Stopps
Stations: A Place of Departures Cherry Potts
Lovers’ Lies: For Your Ears Only Bartle Sawbridge
A threat at London Bridge Station … a tour guide who may be more than he seems …
and temporary deafness cured by art.

saf banner a4_2-001On the same day, 13th July, earlier in the afternoon, Arachne author Liam Hogan will be reading at the  OxJam Dalston Takeover launch party. The Party goes from 2pm -7pm but Liam is on at 4-4.15pm (so make sure you are there in plenty of time!) – that’s all happening at the Tipsy Bar 20 Stoke Newington Road N16 7XN

ARACHNEFEST a4 POSTER copyArachnefest at Clapham Books
Thursday 18th July 7pm.

We are celebrating Arachne’s first birthday with a reading at Clapham Books
120 Clapham High Street SW4 7UH

readings from all our books:

London Lies: Martin Pengelly‘s Incurable Romantic Seeks Dirty Filthy Whore read by Phil Mulryne
Stations Rosalind Stopps’ How to Grow Old in Brockley read by Carrie Cohen
Lovers’ Lies Bobbie Darbyshire Something Missing

and from our forthcoming books
Weird Lies Nichol Wilmor An Account of Six Poisonings
Mosaic of Air Cherry Potts Penelope is No Longer Waiting

arachne logo white on black bus card sax2On Saturday 27th July we will be at Leeds Book Fair 
St Johns Shopping Centre, Merrion Street, Leeds, LS2 8LQ
with a stall, and readings (times to be confirmed) from
Lovers’ Lies – This isn’t Heat by Richard Smyth and Mirror by Cherry Potts,
and from Stations – Morning Sunshine by Louise Swingler.

Hilly Fields Summer Fayre

Arachne Press will have a stall tomorrow at Hilly Fields Summer Fayre, Brockley SE4.

We will be selling our books, and our famous BADGES!  Local Arachne authors will be dropping by, so there’s a chance to get books signed as well, by whoever you coincide with.

However, if it POURS with rain we will go home, there’s no point ruining our stock!

Hilly Fields on a quiet day

Hilly Fields on a quiet day

dancers at a previous Hilly Fields Summer Fayre

dancers at a previous Hilly Fields Summer Fayre

Arachne Press to Headline at Southwark Arts Fair

A bit of a stop press.

Southwark Arts Forum are holding a fair at Hays Galleria  by the river and just off Tooley Street near London Bridge Station, on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July.

Last year's SAF market

Last year’s SAF market

There will be lots of stalls with local artists and crafts people selling their wares,  workshops (including for children) and a stage with an hourly turn round of acts, (Music, dancers, singers…) and on the Saturday, at 6pm Arachne Press authors/actors will perform 3 stories. Don’t know who or which stories yet as we’ve only just met with SAF, but watch this space!

And in other news, just under 48 hours left to contribute to our Weird Lies funding drive over on Kickstarter. If we don’t get all the money we don’t get any of it!  There are still some awesome rewards available, including, for the writers out there, detailed assessment of your work by Katy Darby (Novels) or Cherry Potts (Short Stories); there’s original art from Richard Smyth, and strictly for Londoners, there is cake (!) from the kitchen of Katy Darby. Anyone who has been to one of our caked up readings will know this is a prize beyond rubies.