A Voice Coming From Then shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year!

We couldn’t be more excited to share the news that A Voice Coming From Then by Jeremy Dixon is on the shortlist (of three!) for the 2022 English-language Wales Book of the Year, in the Poetry category.

We are celebrating by holding an online event with the other shortlisted poets, Angela Gardner and Abeer Ameer, on 20th July at 7pm. Get your free ticket here.

A Voice Coming From Then, which we published in August 2021, starts with poet Jeremy Dixon’s teenage suicide attempt and expands to encompass themes of bullying, queerphobia, acceptance and support.

As well as exploring identity, the tragic effects of bullying and the impact of suicide, this collection also includes unexpected typography, collage, humour, magic, discotheques and frequent appearances from the Victorian demon, Spring-heeled Jack.

 

Jeremy Dixon said: “I am beyond delighted that my collection of poems dealing with bullying, queerphobia and attempted suicide has made the shortlist of Wales Book of the Year 2022. My greatest hope throughout the difficult writing process was that the book would be understood and resonate with an audience beyond myself. For the book to have been selected by the judges is the most unexpected and welcome compliment!”

‘beyond delighted…’

The Wales Book of the Year Award is an annual prize celebrating outstanding literary talent from Wales across many genres and in both English and Welsh. Today, Friday 1 July, Literature Wales announced which books have reached the English-language Wales Book of the Year Short List 2022.

YOU can VOTE for the people’s choice from the shortlist via Wales Art Review

The winners will be announced on BBC Radio Wales on 29 July.

Congratulations Jeremy!  We are so pleased A Voice Coming From Then is getting the attention it deserves.

You can order a copy of A Voice Coming From Then from our webshop. To celebrate Jeremy’s place on the shortlist, we’ll send you a code for 50% off either the ebook or audiobook, when you order a print copy.

Any press enquiries, please email Saira Aspinall on outreach@arachnepress.com.

Routes by Rhiya Pau wins Eric Gregory Award

We are delighted to share the news that Rhiya Pau has been named as a winner of this year’s Eric Gregory Award for her forthcoming poetry collection, Routes.

Routes explores the journeys taken by Rhiya Pau’s parents and grandparents across multiple countries to arrive in the UK. We are publishing the collection in November 2022, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the arrival of Ugandan Asians in the UK.

Rhiya Pau is one of seven winners of this year’s Eric Gregory Award, given annually by the Society of Authors. Judged by Raymond Antrobus, Wayne Holloway-Smith, Sarah Howe, Gwyneth Lewis, Roger Robinson, and Joelle Taylor, the award is presented to a collection or collections of poems by poets under 30.

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The judges said of Routes‘This is a collection in which routes and roots tug against one another: a family is scattered in the wake of India’s Partition; its children and grandchildren make new homes for themselves within a kaleidoscope of tongues. This is a work of humane intelligence, formal experiment and linguistic verve that promises much.’

Congratulations Rhiya – this is a daring collection that exhibits vast formal range and wrestles with language, narrative and memory. We’re excited to be publishing Routes.

Routes will be published on 24 November 2022. You can pre-order a copy now.

Read the Society of Authors award announcement.

Any press enquiries, please email Saira Aspinall on outreach@arachnepress.com.

Announcement: Long List STORIES for DUSK

It is Short Story Week, when better to announce our long list of Stories?

(If you submitted a poem or song, please be patient, we have a few more to make decisions on.)

A Victory Lap at Dusk, by Sam Meekings

At Sky’s Edge, by Helen Slavin

Birds, by Richard Smyth

And Though Worms Destroy, by Sarah Byrne

Breadcrumbs, by Lucy Grace

Cape Cornwall, by Jackie Taylor

Daylight Savings, by David Hartley

Flick’ring Shadows, by David Mathews

Four Beaches, by Rob Schofield

Granda’s Plan, by Sherry Morris

Half-Remembered, Hazy, by David Guy

Here, by Samuel Wright

In-between Dog, by Pippa Gladhill

Kept Apart, by Stephen Oram

MacFarquhar’s Bed, by Alex Reece Abbott

Mermaid’s Curse, by Helen Chambers

On The Evening Train, by Fiona Salter

One Two Three, One Two Three, by Rosalind Stopps

Sleep Tight, by Patrick Gale

Stone Keepers, by Carolyn Robertson

Sun’s Sanctuary, by Rae Stoltenkamp

The Dusk Runner, by Cath Bore

They Said There Were Pirates, by Kirsty Fox

Threshold, by Katerina Watson

Tiger’s Breath, by Anita Goveas

Wolf’s Head, by Penny Pepper

Words on Paper, by Rob Walton

Yes, Twilight, by Math Jones

Decisions will now be made as to which of the festival sites these stories suit, and the organisers at each site get final say in what is performed. Timing is critical to this, so those final decisions may be complex!

Press Release – OUTCOME

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PRESS RELEASE – For immediate release 11 September 2016

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Book launch & exhibition – LGBT photographic portrait project #Outcome

Book launch (invite only) – Monday 10 October 6pm till 9pmlgbt-uni-logo

(National Coming Out Day following day, October 11th)

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University of Greenwich, Queen Anne Court,

Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London SE10 9LSlgbt-uni-logo

Exhibition Monday 10 October until 15 October, 10am-5pm (4pm Monday 10th)

The Outcome project so far. Photographer Tom Dingley started his #Outcome project in 2014, to photograph LGBT people with the attributes of their everyday life – their work or their interests; and holding a picture of themselves as a child – showing that it does get better, by providing young LGBT people with role models for life beyond adolescent angst, uncertainty and bullying. The message is: No matter how hard it is growing up and coming to terms with your sexuality or identity; you can be who you are, living a successful & happy life, out of the closet. The aim is also to help breakdown stereotypes of what a LGBT person looks like, or can be – because there is no absolute definition; as the project shows.

Tom has exhibited the ongoing project at London Pride, Brighton Pride, Student Pride, Digital Pride and as part of LGBT History Month celebrations. Adding more portraits to Outcome over time; the collection now includes Lord Chris Smith, Elly Barnes MBE, Britain’s Got Talent’s La Voix, Bake Off’s John Whaite, The Apprentice’s Sanjay Sood-Smith and Emmerdale’s Alicya Eyo and many other people. The project is a celebration of all LGBT people, known and unknown.

The Launch Exhibition:

The University of Greenwich will host the launch and first exhibition as Tom is a Greenwich Alumnus and many of the portraits were taken locally. While exhibiting at the university, he plans to have as many of the 112 portraits on display as possible. Tom will have pop-up studio days for LGBT people who would like to be photographed for Outcome at the above address on Tuesday 11th & Thursday 13th October – drop in or arrange beforehand. The university is organising a number of events linked to the exhibition, including a public Q&A panel on Wednesday 12th 1-2pm.

Sarah Cretch, Head of Alumni & Development at the university says: “We are so proud that Tom is an alumnus and fully support his work. Tom and the whole Outcome project are a great inspiration for all our students and staff.”

The Book.

The Outcome book published by Arachne Press contains 80 full-page portraits, with accompanying text from each of the subjects.9781909208261 

ISBN: 978-1-909208-26-1 Format: 234 x 156 mm

Extent:168 pages (170gm2) Price: £25 Review copies available from publisher

Sales: http://www.inpressbooks.co.uk Trade Distribution: http://www.distribution.nbni.co.uk

Launching on October 10th for National Coming Out Day on 11th.

Beyond the book. We plan to expand the launch exhibition into a travelling exhibition to visit colleges, schools, libraries and community centres around the UK, setting up a studio day at each location to add to the project. There is even a possibility of taking it to Europe. We also plan to create a downloadable slideshow version of the book which we hope schools will use for Sociology and Citizenship courses.

Photographer: tom_dingley@hotmail.co.uk  –  @OutcomeLGBT  –  @TomDingleyPhoto

Publisher: cherry@arachnepress.com – @ArachnePress

University of Greenwich PR Team: Tel: 020 8331 8937 – public.relations@gre.ac.uk