Audio recordings from Departures Launch

Thanks to everyone who came along to celebrate the launch of Departures at Brockley Brewery last night, it is so lovely to have a packed venue!

And huge thanks to the readers for instilling such passion and humour into their readings, and to the Brewery for hosting us.

Normally I video everything, but in the heat of the moment I didn’t hit the record button till part way through, so there are only audio recordings for the first two readings, massive apologies to David Mathews and Sarah Lawson for that, but the recordings are good.

David Mathews

Here’s David reading Midday Bus

 

and Sarah reading Through SecuritySarah Lawson

More tomorrow, with actual videos…

You can buy a copy of Departures from our webshop

 

Halloween/Samhain

You all know we don’t do horror at Arachne.

The closest we’ve got is Math JonesThe Knotsman, which has quite a bit of distressing material in it, but does it from a position of compassion – ‘this is awful’, rather than ‘oooh, isn’t this awful‘.

So if you fancy something to get the ice running down your back, Math’s your man.

It would please Math mightily if you were to celebrate Samhain with his book seeing as he is a pagan.

you can buy a copy here… and if you buy it BEFORE halloween the postage is still free. we are going to have to start charging UK customers after that.

If however, your tastes run to the more traditional halloween fair, there’s a live lit gig, Frightful Yarns, at Honor Oak pub, St Germains Road SE23 on the very night, at 7.30, raising money for our local festival, Brockley Max. Arachne authors Cherry Potts and Neil Lawrence are among the readers, with dark tales of revenge and paranoia. tickets £5

ANNOUNCING the line-up for Time and Tide

This is it! the final selection. It’s a complex process involving a lot of people making decisions, and there’s a way to go yet as we need to secure funding, but! here they are – congratualtions to all our poets, singers, authors and film-makers.

How do tides affect our lives? How has that changed through history?

Making a living on or by the sea – fishermen and pirates, wreckers and dockers – making a new life across the sea – escaping pograms and wars, and the endlessly travelling – to paddlers and wild swimmers.

Follow the links to individual venues for each lineup.

Clydebank

Greenwich

Hastings

Holyhead

Lisbon

Maryport

Peterhead

All performances take place on 21st December 2019, and anything physically written down will be published in the anthology Time and Tide

Foundation Myth – Video

This is the last of the stories read at Greenwich Book Festival – we’ll move on to those read at the Story Cities launch yesterday soon! And we’ll come back to the discussion at the festival eentually!

In the meantime here is Foundation Myth, written and read by editor, Cherry Potts

Your next chance to catch us live is in Manchester! Thursday 27th June 7pm at Blackwells. free but ticketed.

 

Today’s Arrivals…

To usher in the launch of Story Cities tonight, here is Rosamund Davies at Greenwich Book Festival reading her flash fiction piece, Today’s Arrivals and Departures, which is in the Termini section of the book, and the first story in it.

There are still a handful of tickets for the launch tonight, but you do NEED to register via eventbrite

There’s cake.

still making it, but definitely going to be cake.

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First video of Story Cities live flash

Ahead of tomorrow’s launch, here is Slim Odds by Laura Besley, read by Kam Rehal at Greenwich Book Festival last Saturday. Lots more like this tomorrow…

Story Cities Launch Party Tomorrow

Very excited about the launch party tomorrow for Story Cities… Kam has been busy decorating the Stephen Lawrence Gallery

and I’m currently baking a cake that will NOT be big enough for 100+ people.

There are 20 tickets left for this free event, so if you were dithering, get a move on.

I forsee lots of selfies in front of that wall…

And we have lots of readings and refreshments, in fact we have so much to get through that you really need to be on time!

7pm open, 7.15 introductions

7.30 first set of readings, Annabel Banks, Evleen Towey, Jasmin Kirkbride, Shamini Sriskandarajah , Jayne Buxton, Rosamund Davies

8pm CAKE and book sales (you can buy books before then but, you know, this is the perfect opportunity);

8.30 second set of readings, Máire Malone, Roland Denning, Maja Bodenstein, Cherry Potts, Nic Vine, Miriam Sorrentino

9pm close.

1st video from book launch of The Knotsman by Math Jones

Video

I’ll be posting gradually…

Here is the first video from last night’s launch for Math Jones‘s The Knotsman

the powerful love poem Love Knot

Time and Tide Solstice Shorts 2019 call out

Solstice Shorts Festival 2019

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,  Holyhead, Glasgow, Maryport, Hastings and Aberdeen and in a dart into the international market, 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 (including poem films/ film 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 / films 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

via our submittable account only!

An Outbreak of Peace reading in Manchester – Vidoes

I got so caught up in Solstice shorts, I forgot to post these! Thought I’d done it because I’d done snippets on Twitter.

A very successful outing to Manchester Blackwells, with authors travelling in from Newcastle, London and Ynys Mon, and some locals!

Thanks to everyone at Blackwells for making us so welcome (good luck with the move!)

and to the audience for making it such an excellent evening, and buying books!

Mantz Yorke

Ness Owen

Rebecca Skipwith

Sarah Tait

Lily Peters