Val Regan singing workshop

Out Aloud Choir under the direction of Val Reagan (photo Nelly Naylor)

25th November 12:45-17:15 St Hilda’s Church Hall, Courtrai Road, Crofton Park SE23 1NL
In preparation for our planned women’s vote centenary celebrations we’ve invited renowned chorus leader and song writer Val Regan down from Sheffield to run a singing workshop. Come and learn a mix of songs about women by Val and others.

Val has worked as a community musician since 1993. She leads choirs and singing workshops around the U.K. and Europe, plus a host of music-making, composition and theatre projects. She writes songs for community choirs, is published by Oxford University Press and firmly believes there is no such thing as a wrong note.

Come and spend an afternoon learning some great songs. The workshop will feature a new original song, Nasty, for feminists of all genders and none, plus an Icelandic gem and a traditional Sheffield carol.

a capella, 3-4 part harmony, not individual singing.

Everyone is welcome, no experience necessary taught by ear.

£25 includes refreshments, and access to recordings after the event.

advance booking essential! Book here now

Any profit we make from this workshop (after paying Val, and the hall hire) goes towards the running of this year’s Solstice Shorts Festival.

Coming up: Workshops for Writers

Join us in South London in September for workshops for writers that aren’t about writing! (All workshops are being run only once, £12)

What’s on offer:

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Performance for Writers – reading your work aloud is a near inevitable part of success. learn how to do it with conviction and have fun in the process. Lead by Katy Darby. Wednesday 7th September 2-4pm at The Albany, Deptford SE8. (max 20 places)

 

 

yen ooiMarketing for writers (basic) – Not sure if you need a website or social media presence? Are you spending your time effectively online? Learn what your online priorities should be and how you can leverage your online presence to build on your writer profile. Lead by Yen Ooi
Saturday 24th September 11-1 pm at The Albany, Deptford SE8. (max 10 places)

Marketing for writers (Advanced) – Are you effectively leveraging your online presence to improve your writer profile? Do you know what your brand values are, what messages your want to promote, and the new audiences you want to reach? Lead by Yen Ooi.
Saturday 24th September 2-4pm at The Albany, Deptford SE8. (max 10 places)

46 Rosie WilbyManaging Media for Writers Once you get published, your publisher is going to want you to talk to the media if they have the slightest intention of selling your book (we do anyway!). This can be quite intimidating, and it’s easy to get cross with silly questions. Comedian and broadcaster Rosie Wilby will help you sort out what you want to say and how to handle tricky questions, and where to look if a camera is involved.
Friday 23rd September 2-4pm Canada Water Culture Space, SE16. (max 20 places)

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Rebellion: Writing Fantasy

 Rebellion: Writing Fantasy, author talk and workshop

Author Cherry Potts reads from her new novel The Dowry Blade, and discusses ways of writing fantasy with an opportunity for a short writing exercise for the audience.

World building, weird logic and rule breaking at

Brompton Library

210 Old Brompton Road

London SW5 0BS

Thursday 14 April 18:30-19:45

Attending the London Book Fair?  This event is on the final day and Brompton Library is one stop on the tube/overground away from Olympia, at West Brompton, then a short walk.

Arachne Feast & Festival at BrockleyMAX

Story Sessions logo copyThe Story Sessions are back – for a guest spot, maybe for good, depending… We are doing three events for BrockleyMAX. The first two are both on Saturday 30th May The Ladywell Gallery, (what used to be Misty Moon) behind The Ladywell Tavern 80 Ladywell Road SE13 7HS

Writing Workshop – Festival

5pm – 7pm Free; accompanied children over 10 welcome
Arachne Press presents a writing workshop on the theme of Festival. Get inspiration from the exhibition of photographs from previous BrockleyMAX festivals and write a new short story or poem, with the option to read it at The Story Sessions event in the evening.
 run by Cherry Potts
Story Sessions: Festival Tales
7.30pm – 9.30pm Free; accompanied children welcome
A live literature event with stories from Joan Taylor-Rowan and David Bausor, poems from Elinor Brooks (read by actor Miriam Lee) and Jennifer A McGowan on a festival theme. Circuses, Street parties and more. Join in with Flash from the Floor – your chance to read your own festival piece (max 100 words).
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And finally, on Thursday 4th June at Brockley Deli 14a Brockley Cross, SE4 1BE
The Story Sessions: Feast Tales
8pm – 9pm Free entry; accompanied children 10+ welcome
A free live literature event all about food Stories from Rosalind Stopps, Joan Taylor-Rowan and Jason Jackson, Poems from Jennifer A McGowan and Rob Walton, plus an extract from Devilskein & Dearlove,our Carnegie Nominated young adult novel by Alex Smith – mostly read by our actor friends Peter Noble & Gloria Sanders.
Join us for a story set in a cheese shop, Cranberry Sauce as an excuse for an illicit meeting, trying to win friends with cookies and taking tea with a demon, plus poems about oranges and bay leaves! Order appropriate food to ‘taste-along’.

Arachne workshop and readings at Clerkenwell Lit Fest – Word on the Street

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Cherry Potts copyright Tom Dingley 2014Saturday 9th May  2-3:15 Writing with Your Ears: a workshop

Ian Kennedy & Sarah Lloyd

Ian Kennedy & Sarah Lloyd

hosted by Cherry Potts, author and owner of Arachne Press, exploring how fiction and poetry can be inspired and supported by live music, with live music from multi-instrumentalists and folk singers, Ian Kennedy & Sarah Lloyd, who collaborated with us on the same workshop at Solstice Shorts. Come and discover how your own writing can flourish. Option to perform your story with Arachne Press authors later in the day:

Inua Ellams3:30 – 4:30 Readings of London-based stories and poems joan observer spoof (3)from Arachne Press authors, Inua Ellams, Dizz Tate, Joan Taylor-Rowan and David Bausor, plus participants in the Writing with Your Ears workshop, with music from Ian Kennedy & Sarah Lloyd.

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Dizz Tate

London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Rd, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 0HB

readings £5, workshop £10,  combined ticket £12

Writing with your Ears – Words over Waltham Forest

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Join Cherry Potts, author and owner of Arachne Press to discover the power of live music ( provided by Jamie Doe and Jeremy Hopkin) to inspire plot, atmosphere and character development, writing alongside musicians, create your own work in response to the music.

Tuesday 12 November
6.30-8.30pm
North Chingford Library
The Green
Chingford
London E4 7EN

FREE – book your place: www.writingwithyourears.eventbrite.co.ukwriting with your ears flyer

Feedback from previous workshops

‘Writing with your Ears’ workshop.

Very, very informative – the time passed so quickly. I never realised before how music could have such an impact on writing.

No writing experience necessary. Bring your laptop or pens and paper and prepare to have fun.

More information about the WoWF festival

 

Cherry Potts has been a published writer for over 20 years. She trained in Neurolinguistic programming because it had that word Linguistic in it, and found that many of the concepts and exercises it used suit writing extremely well. She has worked as a trainer, business mentor/advisor and coach, as well as  in senior management in IT (A different life) A year ago she set up Arachne Press to publish emerging writers alongside providing workshops for writers to hone their skills with language in original and exciting ways.

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Spread the Word Towersey Timetable

For anyone coming to Towersey who wants to join us for snappy stories and sultry poems, or to try out our writing workshop, here are the details (you will also get an opportunity to buy copies of Arachne’s two new titles, Mosaic of Air by Cherry Potts and Weird Lies which includes a story by David McGrath, Hot off the Press!

Friday 23rd August 5pm: Lit in the Ceilidh:
Readings from David McGrath, Cherry Potts and Esther Poyer, plus Debs Newbold and Tom Banks, Compered by Paul ‘Shez’ Sherreard.

Friday 23rd August 6.30pm Spread the Word Workshop, the Hive
Join Paul,  Esther, Cherry and David for a writing workshop looking at voice – narrator, character and dialogue.

Saturday 24th August 6pm Spread the Word Workshop,the Hive
Join Paul,  Esther, Cherry and David for a writing workshop looking at voice – narrator, character and dialogue. (This is a repeat of the Friday workshop!)

Saturday 24th August 10:30 pm Spread the Word Night at the Hive
Two sets of readings from Cherry, Esther and David.

Sunday 25th August 10:15 am Words for Breakfast The Big Club
more different readings from Cherry Esther David and Tom

Sunday 25th August 3.30pm Lit Down the Village Hall
moredifferent  readings from Cherry, Esther, David, Tom and Paul.

Monday 26th August Lit Open Mic 7pm The Hive
Your chance to share your own work, compered by Paul ‘Shez’ Sherreard.

Arachne goes to Towersey

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Arachne Authors, Cherry Potts and David McGrath are performing at the Towersey Festival  (Near Thame, Oxfordshire) over the August Bank Holiday with Esther Poyer, Debs Newbold, Tom Banks and Paul Sherreard.

Friday: We are performing at Lit in the Ceilidh tent 17-17:45pm  and running a workshop 18:30-20:00 in the Hive

Saturday: We will be running a workshop 18:00-19:30 and (our big night) we are on stage at the Hive  22:30-00:30

Sunday: Words for Breakfast in the Big Club 10:15-11:00, and Lit Down the Village Hall 15:30-16:30

Thanks to Spread the Word for making this possible.

Old Vinyl Factory Walk and Write

OVFCP65I have a passion for Industrial Archaeology, fuelled by my love of photography. I have been known to trespass in derelict buildings in search of a good shot. (1978, O level photography exam, theme disintegration; me: Woolwich Maternity Hospital which had just been abandoned- yards and yards of doors stacked in an alleyway, broken frosted glass, I loved it – now an unattractive block of flats). I use my camera as a note-taker, as well as an art tool.

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I discovered The Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes through MVMNT cafe in Greenwich, which is owned by the same development company, and after a site visit (with camera of course) and a huge amount of support from Site Manager Jacqui Tudor (networker extraordinaire), organised to run a workshop there, through Hillingdon ArtsWeek.

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I wanted to pull in the history of the site (EMI HQ from 1900’s) but actually it was the space and its uses, and the contrast between the clean white spaces of the refurbished buildings and the distressed, broken windowed, rooflessness of the yet to  be refurbished that shaped the workshop.

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We explored the site and the archive exhibition, and trod carefully around dead pigeons, discarded fire extinguishers and broken glass, writing as we went and paying particular attention to space and movement, to play around with kinesthetic language. We barely scraped the surface of the potential of the place.  if you get a chance to look around, take it!

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If you would like to find out more about our writing workshops please take a look here, where you can also sign up to be alerted to workshops booked near you.  Or you can always ask us to book something specially, if you can provide participants!

© Cherry Potts/ Arachne Press 2013

Keats festival booking information

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Keats Festival info is now up on their website.  

They are charging £10 for the writing workshop and £5 for the readings. You do need to book! Contact Keats House on 020 7332 3868, or email them at keatshouse@cityoflondon.gov.uk