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
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
We 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 StoppsDeliver Me Math JonesSkadhi’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.
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.
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 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!
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!
A 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!
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.
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.