Solstice Shorts Time and Tide…

Submissions closed at midnight on Friday! Thank you  for the 192 entries. Let the long-listing commence…

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Foundation Myth – Video

This is the last of the stories read at Greenwich Book Festival – we’ll move on to those read at the Story Cities launch yesterday soon! And we’ll come back to the discussion at the festival eentually!

In the meantime here is Foundation Myth, written and read by editor, Cherry Potts

Your next chance to catch us live is in Manchester! Thursday 27th June 7pm at Blackwells. free but ticketed.

 

Today’s Arrivals…

To usher in the launch of Story Cities tonight, here is Rosamund Davies at Greenwich Book Festival reading her flash fiction piece, Today’s Arrivals and Departures, which is in the Termini section of the book, and the first story in it.

There are still a handful of tickets for the launch tonight, but you do NEED to register via eventbrite

There’s cake.

still making it, but definitely going to be cake.

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First video of Story Cities live flash

Ahead of tomorrow’s launch, here is Slim Odds by Laura Besley, read by Kam Rehal at Greenwich Book Festival last Saturday. Lots more like this tomorrow…

The Knotsman in church

The Knotsman took up residence at St Hilda’s Church for Brockley Max at the beginning or the month.

Math Jones read about an hour’s worth of material from the book, which gave time to explore different strands, over the next few days we will be pulling together those strands in most a un-knotsman-like way, and see what happens.

Here are a couple of church related pieces

I owe that Mother Lichgate ha’f a shillin’

and

The Undoer of Knots

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

Saturday at Greenwich Book Festival

Greenwich Book Festival kicks off on Friday, and we are joining in for an hour at 10am on Saturday morning. Blink and you’ll miss us! Tickets for our event are free but you do need to book

Editors Kam Rehal, Rosamund Davies and Cherry Potts will be discussing putting together Story Cities, from initial idea, through first meeting, call out, story decisions, design issues and even printing!

If you’ve ever wondered what goes into making a book, this is for you. If you just like the sound of this particular book, we will in the course of our discussion illustrate with readings.

Todays Arrivals by Rosamund Davies
The Heart of the City By Emma Lee
Foundation Myth by Cherry Potts
Slim Odds by Laura Besley
Backwater by David Mathews
Lost and Found by Catherine Jones

Have you submitted to Time and Tide yet?

Time and Tide wait for no man, and no woman, neither. Summer Solstice approaches and with it the deadline for submissions to this year’s festival and anthology.

That’s the 21st June, people. One minute to midnight.

submit here

We are looking for an historical slant on life on, or by, the sea. and don’t forget that Time and Tide was the name of the Suffragette magazine, so we want to be overwhelmed by how cleverly you weave that in to your work. submit here

2000 words max no minimum. stories and poems.

Songs (original to the performer or traditional only) and poem films (film poems?) max five mins.

We want unusual voices, and we about diversity, so tell all your friends to get writing too, we need a lot of material, so don’t keep it to yourselves. submit here

We have sites in England, Scotland, Wales and Portugal. I know. Overseas. If you are a musician you need to be near one of the sites, everyone else, anywhere in the world.

loads more info and submit, here

To get you in the mood, here’s a video of a poem from last year’s Noon, being read last week at this year’s Brockley Max festival.

Laila Sumpton reads her poem, Mad Dogs and Englishmen at the Brockley Brewery

Hidden Corners for Brockley Max

Tonight, Friday 7th June, Arachne Press authors, Bartle Sawbridge and Cherry Potts are taking part in Hidden Corners, the WooA event for Brockley Max at the Talbot pub, corner of Tyrwhitt Road and Lewisham Way.

Two stories each, and a silly writing game after the interval. 7.30pm

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Brockley Max 2019 Noon and Knots

We are involved in Brockley Max Festival again this year, with readings in a church, and a brewery!

Sunday 2nd June 7pm

St Hilda’s Church Courtrai Road SE23 1PL

Math Jones will be reading from his new poetry-collection-as-novel, The Knotsman

The Knotsman does not exist, you will not find him in history books or collections of ‘bygone’ skills. But there he is, going from house to house, village to village, poem to poem, battlefield to gallows, unravelling knots and problems, physical, emotional and psychological; a new kind of cunning man, not always welcome, not always quite as clever as his fingers and picks would have him believe.

copyright Tyrone Lewis

Wednesday 5th June 7pm

We will be at the lovely Brockley Brewery, 31 Harcourt Road London SE4 2AJ

for NOON

Readings of poetry and short stories on the theme of Noon from the Solstice Shorts Anthology of the same name

Everyone thinks of noon as being a split second as the clock’s hands draw together, the bell tolls twelve times – but there is so much more to it than that.

with

Stuart McKenzie, Michelle Penn, Laila Sumpton, Marika Joseph, Liam Hogan