Writers!! In all the excitement about Solstice Shorts 2015: Longest Night, you might have forgotten to send us a story or poem for our Liberty Tales call out. Deadline 21st December 2015 23:59. celebrating Magna Carta with stories and poems on the theme of Liberty.
As part of our Solstice Shorts fundraising for Longest Night, author David Mathews is offering to write two stories specifically for the lucky people who offer us the requisite funds, and would make a perfect present! Written to order of course, so there will probably not be time for it to be a christmas (or solstice!) present, but if you have someone with a birthday coming up…
I’d be happy to write a hand-made story (subject to be negotiated) for someone who would like to give it as a present or similar. Up to 1000 words for, a pledge of £100.
I would be willing to do you two. (Ts & Cs: I’d need two weeks notice, minimum. Customers print for themselves.)
I was thinking of writing to a topic or theme that the recipient reader is interested in. It could have their name in it, of course – the night Fred Bloggs jammed with Bob Marley or discovered the world’s most valuable stamp. As long as it’s a bit of fun/moving/affirming for the recipient and lets them know, more or less, that someone loves them.
It would need a chat on the phone, maybe a bit of research, a first draft and then bingo!
If someone shows interest and says could David …? You can get them to check with me.
If you like the idea of this, you can contribute to our crowd fund campaign here
What do we do for the next Solstice Shorts? has been a question echoing about Arachne Towers for a while.
This year the solstice (and therefore Short Story Day) doesn’t coincide with the weekend (in fact we’ll have to wait until 2019), so the thinking currently is that we stick with the 21st (a Monday) and do an evening event, which will inevitably be much shorter than last year’s sunrise to sunset juggernaut. So we are taking as our theme The Longest Night.
We don’t know where we will hold the event yet, but we are thinking of starting at twilight (one minute to six) and going on until the venue throws us out. If you can think of a great venue (preferably free or cheap) please make suggestions.
Everything that follows is dependent on funding. If we don’t get any we can’t do it; if we get some, it will be a very small event, if we get sensible amounts it will be as gorgeous as we can manage and there will be a subsequent anthology.
We want to include music again and are looking for proposals from bands/ singers. (GET IN TOUCH IF THIS IS YOU!)
If you’d like to learn some potentially suitable songs, we are running a workshop of Secular Winter Songs with Lester Simpson of Coope Boyes & Simpson on 28th November in Crofton Park SE4, More details later but get on the mailing list here.
Of course there will be stories, which is where the call out comes in. This theme rather lends itself to gloom, but it doesn’t have to be that way. We’d like some joyful long nights please! If you are going to serve us up something dark please feel free to wallow in it, but we don’t want to be too depressed, and remember that while we quite like creepy and ghostly Arachne WILL NOT PUBLISH (or PERFORM) HORROR, EROTICA OR ANYTHING REMOTELY APPROACHING TORTURE SCENES or GORE, and we HATE ZOMBIES.
Don’t look on that as a challenge, we mean it. Your emails will never be opened again if you send us anything of this kind.
This year we will accept poems as well, provided they are narrative, to keep in with the short story day focus.
So we are looking for:
ON THEME short story or poem, no more than 2000 words. Anyone can send us their work, provided it is their own, unpublished and in English.
(By unpublished we mean that it has not appeared in print, and if it is online anywhere it WILL be taken down at the point you submit, and that you own the copyright. If you have licensed your copyright to another publisher, in print or online we can’t consider your work.)
Submit via our Submittable account please, so that we don’t lose your work.
DEADLINE 21st October 2015 23:59
Video from our feast of food stories at the Brockley Deli as part of Brockley Max festival.
You may notice something about these videos, you may not… see below*
Joan reading from Feeding Time
Peter & Gloria reading from Christmas, Presents by Jason Jackson
Peter reading April is the Cruellest Month by Rob Walton
Gloria reading Laureate by Jennifer A McGowan
*A new experience for me, matching sound files to video – the aircon (or something) at the Brockley Deli interfered with the sound on the video so I had to use the recordings from my audio machine. Something of a challenge getting them in sync!
We have our final line up for next Thursday, 18th June, 7pm
at West Greenwich Library SE10 8NN.
We are celebrating the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta with songs, stories, and a poem; all of which are free.
Books will be on sale in the interval, and wine, tea and coffee are available for a donation. There may be snacks as well, depending on whether we have time to source them on the day along with everything else.
The King’s Computer by Liam Hogan read by the author
Promotional Samples by Carolyn Eden read by the author
Lag by Jim Cogan read by the author
Into the Blue by Nick Rawlinson read by Stuart Crossman
Poppies by Helen Morris read by Louisa Gummer
Stopped by a Busker by Owen Townend read by Stuart Crossman
Bothered by Sarah Evans read by Carrie Cohen
Songs from Summer All Year Long, an informal gaggle of friends who sing together and collaborate on projects when the mood takes them.
7pm 18th June 2015
West Greenwich Library, Greenwich High Road, SE10 8NN
When we first had the idea for Liberty Tales, (chance meeting at Canada Water Station, it’s a long story) we thought we would be celebrating 800 years of Magna Carta, with, perhaps some historical fiction, and some rousing songs
Well, no, not exactly.
That’s the fun of an open call, you get what you get; and what we got in response to the call out for stories about Liberty, was mostly about living outside the system, and self-expression and choice; and the songs have turned out to be about making things work by not judging others, and working together to get the bright fair future, although they fit surprisingly well with the stories – you’d almost think we planned it!
So we’ve called in some favours to vary the flavour, and now have a rather bleak piece of fantasy, and a story about very much being IN the system…
Our line up of stories are from:
Liam Hogan The King’s Computer
Carolyn Eden (aka Carrie Cohen, when she reads for us) Promotional Samples of London Town
Jim Cogan Lag
Helen Morris Poppies (read by Carrie Cohen)
Nick Rawlinson Into the Blue (read by Stuart Crossman)
Sarah Evans Bothered (read by Carrie Cohen)
Owen Townend Stopped by a Busker (read by Stuart Crossman)
Thanks to our friends at Better Libraries for hosting us!
We had a cracking night at Oldfield Park Bookshop in Bath, reading stories by (mainly) local authors featured in Solstice Shorts.
Huge thanks to Abigail Moore and Nick Rawlinson for reading so magnificently, and authors Pippa Gladhill and David Mathews (Bath) Tannith Perry (Bristol) and William Davidson (York!) for writing such lovely stories. And thanks to Harry of Oldfield Park Bookshop for hosting, and to our audience for choosing to come to the reading when apparently there were dozens of other events on…
Here are videos and a few pictures.
However we didn’t get a vast number of stories so we shelved the idea of an anthology. But it’s still a good idea, so we’ve reopened the call out
The CALL OUT:
Stories or poems, which can either be to the general theme of Liberty, or can address a specific clause of the Magna Carta. Find out what they are here. There are plenty of weird ones to play with as well as the more obvious.
- We do NOT want stories about the opposites of Liberty, it’s a celebration, so no matter how tempted you are by dwelling on the iniquity of false imprisonment, restrain yourself. Light & Shade, you know?
- Story Length: 800-2000 words.
- any fiction genre (except erotica or horror. We don’t publish it and don’t want to read it), although we’d enjoy some convincing historical stuff.
- Yes, it can be a poem. (hello Kate).
- No, it can’t be an essay, memoir or other non-fiction.
- Your own original work, UNPUBLISHED* and in English please. Submissions welcome from anywhere in the world.
*If it has been performed that may be ok, also if it is out of print, so long as you retain the rights.
Deadline 21st December 2015.
Entry via our Submittable Account Sharpen you quills.
We have a great fondness for LGBT history month at Arachne Press, and we are also exceptionally fond of libraries. As a result the combination definitely works!
Our last outing for February was to Richmond lending library, one of the oldest public libraries in London (lovely building, glass roof, unfortunately on the flight path for Heathrow…)
Here are some readings from that evening, mainly from Cherry Potts, but with assistance from Alix Adams on the first one. The sound isn’t wonderful (those planes…) but it’s better than what we managed on the video camera.
In order of appearance:
Arachne’s Daughters from Mosaic of Air (Cherry Potts)
Death & Other Rituals from Solstice Shorts: Sixteen Stories about Time (Tannith Perry)
A Place of Departures from Stations (Cherry Potts)
The Other Side of Sleep from the anthology of the same name (Kate Foley)
Tasting Flight from Lovers’ Lies (Catherine Sharpe)