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 LAUNCH of Departures

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clever cover by Kevin Threlfall

We are in the countdown to Departures lift off! We have the books (preorder a copy here). We have the venue. We have the invitations!

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We have readings from Carolyn Eden, David Mathews, Barbara Renel, Liam Hogan Joan Taylor-Rowan, Oscar Windsor-Smith and Gloria Sanders, and maybe more.

Join us to celebrate at Brockley Brewery, 31 Harcourt Road, Brockley, SE4 2AJ

Nearest station Brockley. Buses 171, 172 stop almost on the corner.

21st November 2019, 7 for 7.30. There will be cake, and beer. Everything free (apart from the beer.) Everyone welcome, please RSVP so that we know who is coming.

Poetry Book Society review In Retail

An unexpected email today from the Poetry Book Society, sending me a PDF of the Summer bulletin, ‘with review of In Retail‘.

Really? I thought, we got a review?

It doesn’t say who wrote it, but thank you, whoever you are.

 Treading the line between wry absurdism and abject despair, In Retail is like reading anthropological field-notes from what should be an alien world but is, unfortunately, our own.

You can buy a copy on In Retail by Jeremy Dixon direct from our webshop, (post free in UK) or from your favourite independant bookshop.

Michelle Penn reading at the Greenwich Book Launch for Noon

Michelle Penn reading Precarious at the Greenwich Book Launch for Noon with much improved sound compared to the live version!

many thanks to Stephen Lawrence Gallery for hosting.

You can buy a copy of the book in any good bookshop or from us direct (and post free within UK) which makes us very happy.

The next launch is in Aberdeen at Blackwells at 5.30 on March 29th, organised by Intuitive Music Aberdeen

Happy Twelfth Night – Solstice Shorts Videos

It’s Twelfth Night, the official end to the festive season, so to mark the occasion here are all the videos from the London session of the Solstice Shorts Festival

Ian Kennedy & Sarah Lloyd, Herald the Noon

Precarious, by Michelle Penn

Still No Name  by Marika Josef

High Noon by Marka Rifat read by Carrie Cohen

Noon Son by Alison Lock read by Grace Cookey-Gam

A Vampire at Noon by Patience Mackarness read by Marika Josef

Ian Grosz An Autumn Noon, read by Michelle Penn

Ian Kennedy & Sarah Lloyd Green Broom

Toast Crumbs by Karen Boissonneault-Gauthier read by Marika Joseph

Arthur Streeton Advises his Students by Mandy Macdonald, read by Michelle Penn

I am Not Beautiful at Noon by Elinor Brooks read by Grace Cookey-Gam

Under the L by Liam Hogan read by Carrie Cohen

Mad Dogs and Englishmen by Laila Sumpton read by Grace Cookey-Gam

These poems and stories, and those performed at our other venues will be published on March 21st 2019, in the book, NOON which you can preorder now

Poetry Book Fair readings – video and audio

We were at the Poetry Book Fair a couple of weeks ago, but it’s been so busy since I’ve not had a chance to get the recordings of the readings up.

Here they are!

Jeremy Dixon Flax, San Francisco, Pearls over Shanghai, and Tabernacle Lane from Liberty Tales

Math Jones (the end of Grithspell) from The Other Side of Sleep

Sarah James At The Hotel de la Lune

Lisa Kelly Daylight Saving Time

#Arachne5 Joy Howard

As part of our Arachne 5th Anniversary celebrations, we’ve asked all of our authors to come up with a blog, that might have something to do with writing or anniversaries. Some of them responded! This one is from Joy Howard whose collection Foraging we published this year.

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A real pleasure getting my third collection (but my first with Arachne) underway with Cherry. Carefully edited and beautifully produced. Some poetry publishers produce a nice book and that’s it, but as most poets love showing off, it’s good to have a publisher who also actually sets up reading opportunities. So Happy Anniversary, Arachne, and all power to your elbow for 2018 and beyond.

Pictures (by Nelly Naylor) of Joy getting her chance to ‘Show Off’

Joy Howard reading from Foraging

Kate and Joy signing books

Come to the Party where other people will be showing off!

The Story Sessions – Retelling Tales – Video – Flash From the Floor

Poems from Cherry Potts, David Wilson & Silas Hawkins ‘Flash from the Floor’ at The Story Sessions, Retelling Tales.

With Paper for Feet on Tour week 2

Here’s a poem from With Paper For Feet read by Jennifer A McGowan at Oxford on Friday at the lovely Albion Beatnik:

A Sort of Love Story

You can hear more from Jennifer at Lewisham Library, Lewisham High Street, SE13 6LG this Wednesday 8th March at 7pm, free entry, and refreshments laid on by the lovely library staff. It’s International Women’s Day, so expect a lot of poetry from a female perspective.

Solstice Shorts Video: Star:Light and Wonderwork

Two poems by Pat Tompkins, read by Ray Newe and BSL interpreted by Paul Michaels at Solstice Shorts Festival 2016: Shortest Day 21st December 2016 at Made in Greenwich Gallery London #ACEFunded

Buy the book: Shortest Day, Longest Night

Catch us on Tour: Friday 06/01/2017 7.30 Oxford Albion Beatnik
Poem (and story): Sarah James. Story: Wendy Gill, Pauline Walker, David Mathews, David Steward.