Arachne’s Fifth Birthday coming up – how shall we celebrate?

I have had it drawn to my attention that Arachne will be five at the end of July, so we should celebrate – but how?

I think it would be appropriate to do a little more than blow up balloons, fun though that is… make suggestions!

The Story Sessions Freedom Tales recordings

The first of our new season of The Story Sessions – Freedom Tales

The headliners:

Sarah Lawson: Animal Liberation

David Steward The Last Goodnight

Annalie Wilson reading The Branded Hand by Brian Johnstone

And Liberty by Andrew McCallum

Jim Cogan Lag

We run The Story Sessions to showcase whatever we’ve published most recently, and to give authors a chance to experiment, show off and promote their work, whether published by us or not. There are three different ways of doing that: through applying to headline (see the end of this post) bringing something that is brand new, or not quite working, to the test bed to get audience opinion, or joining in with 100 words in Flash from the Floor

Test Bed: Cherry Potts Simple Girls (extract)

Flash from the Floor

David

Annalie (read by Cherry)

Music

Annalie Wilson is our Actor/Singer in residence for this season of The Story Sessions

Annalie singing We Will Be Heard, a song written to celebrate Emily Wilding Davison

and Save Me

If you’ve enjoyed these recordings, come along next time, 18th January 7.30 at The Brockley Deli 14a Brockley Cross SE4 1BE for Winter Tales, with a stories from Rosalind Stopps and probably that Liam Hogan, poems from Nancy Charley, Megan E Freeman, Karina Lutz and whatever we choose from the responses to the call out after the deadline which is…Tomorrow!!!. So if you are a writer, especially if you can GET to the event, send us your wintery offerings of under 2000 words NOW.

The Story Sessions- Coming Up: Winter Tales

gate-burton-frostWe have the line up for The Story Sessions for 18th January, Winter Tales

We are not entirely sure which authors/poets are reading their own work, but the material is chosen…
Headlining:
Rosalind Stopps Deliver Me
Math Jones Skadhi’s Laughter
Megan E Freeman On Winter Days in Northern Norway, read by Annalie Wilson
Karina Lutz New Kinds of Weather read by Annalie Wilson
Cath Blackfeather Winter Tale
Anne Macaulay It’s January Where We Are Now
Testbed:
Michael Carey Regeneration
Plus, music from Annalie, and, we hope, plenty of Flash from the Floor from the audience!
Join us at The Brockley Deli 14a Brockley Cross SE4 1BE at 7.30 on Wednesday 18th January for music, murder, myth, laughter, and all kinds of weather.

Get Writing! The Story Sessions Needs YOU!

The deadline for submissions to The Story Sessions  Winter Session (in winter, theme  Winter!) fast approaches. Send us your stories (2000 words or LESS) with a winter theme by 4th January – via SUBMITTABLE please. People who can read their work at the event on Wednesday 18th January at The Brockley Deli will be given priority, but we do have our resident actor, Annalie Wilson if we get something we can’t resist by someone who can’t make it. Poems also acceptable, but we prefer stories, given the name.

julian in ruff

Need inspiration? There’s an event coming up that could help.

The Solstice Shorts Festival Write Through the Night event in Greenwich on 21st December 10pm – midnight… write in darkness… or as dark as it gets in London.

last minute type? If you miss the deadline you can still come along on the night and pen 100 words (no more!) on theme on the bus on the way there, or in the interval for the Flash from the Floor session.

 

We are Thunderclapping Solstice Shorts

Do what?

We are asking friends, supporters, family, authors, authors’ friends, supporters, family (and so on) to sign up to our thunderclap: it’s very simple: to make any impression on the white noise of social media we need  a lot of people to say the same thing at the same time, in this case 19th December, a couple of days before Solstice Shorts.

All you need to do is go to ThunderClap and click on a couple of buttons – Twitter and/or Facebook and/or Tumblr depending on which you use. Then our message will be stored by Thunderclap and released from everyone’s accounts onto an unsuspecting world all at the same time. Think of it as like Crowdfunding, but CrowdShouting instead.

BUT!! We need at LEAST 100 people to do it, or it doesn’t happen at all, so please spread the word!

(By the way ‘liking’ the link on Facebook, whilst lovely, doesn’t DO anything, you do need to go to the Thunderclap site and click something!)

The Press Release for Solstice Shorts should go out today too. so hopefully there will be articles and interviews blossoming onto websites and newspapers near you soon!

CroftMass on Saturday

If you are coming to our Singing workshop with Lester Simpson, (there are 8 places left by the way!) it would be worth dropping round the corner to CroftFest’s CroftMass on your way. It starts at 12 and there are food stalls and markets and Santa’s Grotto (If you don’t feel too old for that!). So just nice time to grab your lunch from the ‘famous vegetarian food stall’ at Jays, or get your face painted at the Estate Agents!

Lots more info on facebook

events coming up

2016-11-03-16-57-29A plethora of events coming up. Thanks to the Arts Council support, from the 16th November on we are out and about with Liberty Tales, and The Story Sessions season at The Brockley Deli kicks off too! Meet authors, listen to stories and poems, (sometime read by actors) and, at The Story Sessions, join in!2016-11-03-16-56-32

Solstice(s) and Shakespeare – reminders

WRITERS AND MUSICIANS: you have until 23:59 tomorrow to submit your story, poem or music on the theme of Shortest Night, for This year’s Solstice Shorts Festival to be held on 21st December 2016.

EVERYBODY especially Shakespeare enthusiasts: Tomorrow is our free Midsummer Night in the Garden event. It looks like the weather will be fine so book you place via the library on  0208 314 7794 bring a picnic blanket and some insect repellant! We will be selling books, strawberries and cake, and there will be alcohol available for a donation.

Because it’s a leap year the Solstice is actually today. looking at the torrential rain I’m glad we went with the day people think is Midsummer even though it isn’t. quite.

If you want to get in a Shakespeare and Solstice mood tonight, as the actual longest day, come along to The Food of Love – a celebration of Shakespeare and Music, from Hexachordia, at the Church of St Edmund the King, Lombard Street, EC3V 9EA at 6pm.

midsummer banner in situ

#Outcome for International Women’s Month

Last month: LGBT History, this month International women’s Month – that’s a whole 1/6th of the year dedicated to me!

Seriously though, we are still looking for more women from the lesbian, bi and trans communities to get involved in Outcome. I am determined that the book will be properly representative or the people around me. Tom has a deadline of 1st April to get the balance right (conveniently at the end of International Women’s Month) I’ve been hijacking my own book launch events for The Dowry Blade to go on about Outcome, and I think I’ve sent an email or a Facebook or Twitter hint to every single one of my lesbian friends suggesting immortality is a click of the shutter away, but if I missed someone I’m sorry! Stand up with your sisters… Contact me!

This isn’t about celebrity, or some weird media construct of beauty, okay? It’s about who we really are, and it’s important! Every one of us is unique and amazing and has a story to tell. A number of people have said – but I don’t have a picture of myself as a child. Initially that stalled us, but we’ve thought it through – If there is a story behind that, tell it, we still want you involved.

The Crowd fund has only 2 days to run, expiring around 2pm this Thursday, and we are still getting a steady drip of pledges through. Feel free to help out! Pre-order a copy of the book, invite yourself to the launch in October, or get yourself a badge or a set of postcards, every little helps and is appreciated.

Here are just a few of the magnificent lesbians who are already involved.

 

Ten days left to raise cash for Outcome LGBT Portaits book

With ten days to go on our crowd fund for Outcome, our first non fiction title, and our first photographic book, we are at 87% of our target. If you would like to back the crowd find you can do so on Kickstarter please spread the word, we still need  £304. It’s an all or nothing crowd fund, so if we don’t meet the target we won’t get any of the money and there will be no book.

We’ll be doing a round-up of where we are with the photographs later in the week, Tom had a pop up studio at the Ku bar in Leicester Square on Friday and is planning another this Friday,probably at the same place, so if you are interested and have yet to be photographed, get in touch! Although we are aiming at 100 photos of which 80 will be int he book, the more we have the more we can choose from, and the more flexible we can be in providing tailored versions of the exhibition to galleries, libraries, museums, community centres, schools and colleges. If you run one of these and would be interested in hosting the exhibition, please get in touch.