Time and Tide Solstice Shorts 2019 call out

Solstice Shorts Festival 2019

To coincide with the launch (tonight) of Noon, the latest anthology of stories and poems from the festival, we announce the theme for this year.

Now in its 6th Year, Solstice Shorts Festival is once again being held on 21st December – and this year it’s a weekend, so we’ll be looking to fill an entire day (or at least noon to dusk) with short stories, poems and song.

The Theme:
It’s always about time – in the past we’ve done, Longest Night, Shortest Day, Dusk, Noon and just ‘Time’; but this year we are looking back, and picking up on a suggestion from the feedback from the very first festival.

This year our theme is

TIME and TIDE

We are looking for organisers and venues in port cities and towns – either on coasts or on tidal rivers. We already have organisers in London, Our Holyhead collaborators Cybi Poets are on board and we hope our Aberdeen collaborators Intuitive Music Aberdeen will be game for another year of Solstice activity too,  but we would also like to look beyond our own shores and go international, we are in discussion with people in Lisbon, Portugal – let’s see how far we can take the festival this year. [Don’t be shy – it doesn’t need to be a huge complicated thing – if the idea excites you, get in touch and we’ll talk you through it. Nor do you have to keep going all day!]

We are looking for stories poems and songs of making a living on or beside the water, and making new lives over the water so a particular interest in immigration, emigration, diaspora. We would like everything to have an historical slant (though that can be fairly recent history). There is a risk that this could develop a decidedly male voice so we would also like to pick up on the use of Time and Tide [wait for no man] as the title of the Suffragette magazine in the UK, and want to see lots of strong female characters and voices. We also want to see lots of strong BAME characters and voices, so spread the word to your female and BAME writing friends.

Your story/poem/song will be performed live by an actor (or you) at the festival – possibly on multiple sites. We try to live stream to Facebook (technology permitting). Subsequent publication in the anthology with royalties paid (this may include the lyrics of songs if appropriate.)

Maximum 2000 words regardless of fiction/poetry. Songs maximum 5 mins

Closing date 21st June 2019

Songs can be traditional or original, and in any language, provided you send us an English translation so we can tell if it’s appropriate, and need to be performed by their proposer/writer (unless you have someone who can do it for you), so songwriters/musicians need to be able to attend one of the venues.

Story/Poem writers can be from anywhere but your story must be in English or BSL.

We will only accept non-English works if they are linked to a confirmed venue, so hold fire on those until we’ve tied up that side of things, and they must be accompanied by an English translation. Deaf writers can submit a video, blind writers can submit audio files.

No horror/erotica/gratuitous or sexual violence. We mean it, don’t send it.

CLOSING DATE
23:59
21ST JUNE 2019

Happy Twelfth Night – Solstice Shorts Videos

It’s Twelfth Night, the official end to the festive season, so to mark the occasion here are all the videos from the London session of the Solstice Shorts Festival

Ian Kennedy & Sarah Lloyd, Herald the Noon

Precarious, by Michelle Penn

Still No Name  by Marika Josef

High Noon by Marka Rifat read by Carrie Cohen

Noon Son by Alison Lock read by Grace Cookey-Gam

A Vampire at Noon by Patience Mackarness read by Marika Josef

Ian Grosz An Autumn Noon, read by Michelle Penn

Ian Kennedy & Sarah Lloyd Green Broom

Toast Crumbs by Karen Boissonneault-Gauthier read by Marika Joseph

Arthur Streeton Advises his Students by Mandy Macdonald, read by Michelle Penn

I am Not Beautiful at Noon by Elinor Brooks read by Grace Cookey-Gam

Under the L by Liam Hogan read by Carrie Cohen

Mad Dogs and Englishmen by Laila Sumpton read by Grace Cookey-Gam

These poems and stories, and those performed at our other venues will be published on March 21st 2019, in the book, NOON which you can preorder now

Cork Cancelled

The evil lurgy hath struck! the entire cast of our Cork event have been struck down with a midwinter ague – even the camera person. So they aren’t going to be able to perform, and the CORK event is cancelled. Deeply disappointing.

EVERYWHERE ELSE IS HAPPENING. Get thee to Blackwells Aberdeen, Summerhall Gallery Cafe Edinburgh, The Old Firestation Carlisle, The Ucheldre Centre Holyhead (Ynys Mon), or The Bakehouse Theatre Blackheath (London) in good time for Noon and celebrate the living daylights out of the Solstice, because we’re starting on the dot, and you don’t want to be late, because, you know, the sun might decide to stay away after all…

 

Videos from Mini Solstice at City Writes

Ian Kennedy &Sarah Lloyd sing Cold Time (from Longest Night)

Katerina Watson reads Threshold from Dusk

Cherry Potts reads an extract from The Midwinter Wife from Longest Night

Join us at Noon this Friday for all-new Solstice material in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Carlisle, Ynys Mon, Cork and London (Blackheath)

Live stream sites for Solstice Shorts NOON this friday

If you can’t join us in person at NOON, you can watch one of the events on line in real time, or catch it later.

All uploads are to Facebook.

Ynys Mon: https://www.facebook.com/ucheldre.holyhead/
Carlisle: https://www.facebook.com/tolivarmedia/
Aberdeen: https://www.facebook.com/intuitivemusicaberdeen/
Edinburgh https://www.facebook.com/Old-Creaky-Table-992474250952054/
London (Blackheath) https://www.facebook.com/SolsticeShorts2014/

Cork are not live streaming, but we will share their recorded video later.

 

Solstice Shorts Line up – Edinburgh

Final line up, subject to confirmation from the writers

Edinburgh

Summerhall Arts Centre

Stories
A Vampire at Noon, Patience Mackarness
High Noon, Marka Rifat
Woman and Child, Barbara Renel
On Kings and Falling, Roppotucha Greenberg

Poems
Angelus At Noon, Patricia McCaw
Arthur Streeton Advises his Students, Mandy Macdonald
By the Obelisk Sundial Drummond Castle, Jane Aldous
Moon Jellyfish, Ness Owen
Noon Talk, Graham Burchell
On the First Calculation of the Circumference of the Earth, Alison Gerhard
Precarious, Michelle Penn
Fire at Midday Susan Cartwright-Smith
Sun Beats over New Orleans  Natalie Gasper

Readers/performers Lindy Barbour, Anita John, Patricia McCaw, Bev Sommerville, Jane Aldous

Solstice Shorts Line up for Ynys Mon

Solstice Shorts line up for Ucheldre Centre, Ynys Môn

#Noon, Su Yin Yap
Mother Hand, Karen Ankers
Jackdaw, Elaine Hughes
Fire at Midday, Susan Cartwright-Smith
I am not Beautiful at Noon, Elinor Brooks
Moon Jellyfish, Ness Owen
Twelve o’Clock From The House, Nicholas McGaughey
Winter Ritual, Sara Elgerot
Winter Solstice, Gareth Culshaw
Unleashed, Paul Foy

Ulcheldre Centre

Solstice Shorts line up: Aberdeen

Final line up, subject to confirmation from the writers

Aberdeen

Friday 21 December 2018 • 12 noon
Blackwell’s University Bookshop • 99 High Street • ABERDEEN • AB24 3EN

Admission free

Moon Jellyfish
Poem by Ness Owen read by Marka Rifat

On the First Calculation of the Circumference of the Earth
Poem by Alison Gerhard read by Haworth Hodgkinson

Pocket Watch
Poem written and read by Catriona Yule

High Noon
Story written and read by Marka Rifat

Noon Talk
Poem by Graham Burchell read by Haworth Hodgkinson

Sun Beats over New Orleans
Poem by Natalie Gasper read by Catriona Yule

Arthur Streeton Advises his Students
Poem by Mandy Macdonald read by Marka Rifat

Mother Hand
Story by Karen Ankers read by Catriona Yule

Unleashed
Poem by Paul Foy read by Marka Rifat

An Autumn Noon
Poem by Ian Grosz read by Haworth Hodgkinson

I am not Beautiful at Noon
Poem by Elinor Brooks read by Catriona Yule

The poems and stories will be interspersed with intuitive music in response to the Solstice Mode from Dundee Ambient, Part 1: Winter Solstice by Haworth Hodgkinson, played by the ensemble Intuitive Music Aberdeen.

Performers

Readers

Marka Rifat
Catriona Yule
Haworth Hodgkinson

Musicians

Mandy Macdonald (melodica)
Colin Edwards (bowed psaltery)
Haworth Hodgkinson (melodica, recorder, percussion and fixed media)

 

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

Solstice Shorts Line up for Carlisle

Carlisle

NOON – Carlisle The Old Firestation

Poems
After Hours, Stuart McKenzie
An Autumn Noon, Ian Grosz
Arthur Streeton Advises his Students, Mandy Macdonald
By the Obelisk Sundial Drummond Castle, Jane Aldous
Farewell My Father, Anne Elizabeth Bevan
Fire at Midday, Susan Cartwright-Smith
I am not Beautiful at Noon, Elinor Brooks
Mad Dogs and Englishmen, Laila Sumpton
Moon Jellyfish, Ness Owen
Noon Son, Alison Lock
Noon Talk, Graham Burchell
Still No Name, Marika Josef
Sun Beats over New Orleans, Natalie Gasper
Unleashed, Paul Foy

Stories

#Noon, Su Yin Yap
Mother And Child, Barbara Renel
Noon Child Unknown, Diana Powell
On Kings And Falling, Roppotucha Greenberg
Up On The Roof, Lily Peters

Performers

Barbara Renel and Susan Cartwright-Smith will read their own work and Alex Morrison, Becca Roberts, Esther Ridgway and Owain Lewis will read the work of writers who can’t get there.