It’s publication day!

In shops today, in time for the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice, An Outbreak of Peace, stories and poems in response to the end of WWI.

A collection of work from writers all over the world, and both sides of the conflict.

The brief was ‘no trenches’ and for the stories and poems to address, grief, relief and hope not vengeance, hatred or triumphalism. We were deeply moved and impressed by what we were sent, and picking the best of those for this book has been a particular pleasure.

You can order the book from us direct in our web shop (post free), or come to one of the launches –

Three launch events for An Outbreak of Peace

LONDON! Housmans 14th November

The official publication date for this anthology of new short stories and poems in response to the end of WWI, An Outbreak of Peace is the 8th November, but we are having the launch party on

Wednesday 14th, at Housmans radical bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, N1 9DX,

with readings from Clare Owen, CB Droege, Katy Darby, Chantal Heaven (fiction);

Karen Ankers, Valerie Bence, Peter Kenny, Sarah Tait (poetry).

There will also be a poppy-seed cake, and other, liquid, refreshments.

£3 on the door, redeemable against purchase of the book. (It would help our pre-event nerves if you let us know you are coming)

Manchester! Blackwells 30th November

As our authors are spread all over the globe, we are trying to give as many of them as possible an opportunity to celebrate the launch in person. We can’t afford to jaunt off to the US and Australia, or even Germany or France, but we can manage Manchester!

Northern fans of poetry and short fiction are invited to join us at Blackwells, Manchester. Near Arthur Lewis Building, The University of Manchester Bridgeford Street, M13 9PL

on 30th November at 6.30pm

There will be readings from

Rebecca SkipwithLily Peters, (fiction)

Ness Owen, Sarah Tait, Mantz Yorke, and Valerie Bence, (poetry)

and cake and liquid refreshment.

Tickets are free. https://bit.ly/2CQcuVT

And finally, for now, a reading

by Clare Owen of her story from the collection, The Cormorant,

at Lost in Books, Quay Street, Lostwithiel, PL22 0BS

on 16th November 2018 6pm

Solar Noon for Solstice Shorts Festival

Having published the long list, and while we work on the shortlist we thought it was time for a bit more info about the festival itself.

Solstice Shorts has been going since 2014 in a variety of guises including last year’s epic UK wide Dusk celebration.

There’s something about the dark time of the year that lends itself to storytelling, and because we are celebrating the shortest day of the year, short fiction is a given. We’ve always had music, and have subsequently introduced poetry (partly because the poets were feeling left out!).

So this year, Noon: the highest the sun gets, which in December, isn’t very far, depending on where you are. In Greenwich, home to Solstice Shorts and the accurate measurement of time, Noon on 21st December will be at 11.58. So I guess we’ll be starting a bit before twelve to make sure we mark it appropriately, although of course, in Aberdeen noon isn’t until 12:06, and Cork 12.31!

Our venues:

Aberdeen: Blackwells 99 High St, Aberdeen AB24 3EN

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Edinburgh: Summerhall Arts Centre Cafe 1 Summerhall, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL

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Carlisle: The Old Firestation, Peter Street, Carlisle, CA3 8QP

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Ynys Mon: Ucheldre Centre Restaurant, Millbank, Holyhead, Isle of Anglesey, LL65 1TE

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London: The Bakehouse Theatre. Age Exchange, 11 Blackheath Village, SE3 9LA

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CorkO’SHO Barrack Street, Cork, Eire

Line up

We plan to live stream again, hopefully to the right sites this year!!

Local organisers: Jane Aldous, Ness Owen & Cybi Poets, Cherry Potts (Arachne Press), Anne Bevan, Barbara Renel, Intuitive Music Aberdeen.

Northern Launch for An Outbreak of Peace

As our authors are spread all over the globe, we are trying to give as many of them as possible an opportunity to celebrate the launch in person. We can’t afford to jaunt off to the US and Australia, or even Germany or France, but we can manage Manchester!

Northern fans of poetry and short fiction are invited to join us at Blackwells, Manchester. Near Arthur Lewis Building, The University of Manchester Bridgeford Street, M13 9PL (address confirmed!)

on 30th November at 6.30pm

There will be readings from

Ness Owen, Sarah Tait,

Rebecca SkipwithLily Peters

Mantz Yorke, and Valerie Bence, and cake and liquid refreshment.

Free tickets via eventbrite

We/She books arrive

One of my favourite moments in the publishing process – when I have the only copies… apart from the distributor of course.

(In case Michele sees this we did NOT break your plate. Clever fakery!)

We/She will be launched at

Blackwells
50 High Holborn
London
WC1V 6EP

on Thursday 16th August. More on that later.

Erratics launch in Manchester

It’s official!

Cathy Bryant’s collection Erratics is being launched at Manchester Blackwells on 28th June at 6.30. Huge thank you to David and team for hosting. tickets (free) on eventbrite

here’s a little taster…

Erratics

The hills and stones are drunker than us.
Someone spilled a thousand rolls of green velvet
at a party of rocks. We walk over them
and through the glissading stream with our
clompy boots and tupperware.

We’re mushroom hunting on the fells.
It’s like trying to spot a bird in a blizzard.
You have to tune in. There! Look!
Tiny freckles on the hill’s skin.
We boil, fry, make tea to get them down.

Our stomachs fizz as new perceptions kick in.
Otherworld. More dimensions than usual,
but how many is usual? Can’t remember.
There is no word in the world for that colour.
The standing stones are having a laugh.
New eyes open. We cry with pleasure
when the sun sets like concrete.

Later, someone is snoring Mendelssohn.
The stars are edible and slightly acidic.
The fire ambers then greys. In the morning
the miserable comedown is just the return
of normality, and the fact that the stones
have once more fallen silent, standing
sober and still.

The Amsterdam Launch of A Gift of Rivers

A couple of pictures from last week’s launch of A Gift of Rivers at Waterstones in Amsterdam.

Kate kept everyone engaged despite feeling a bit below par, and Tim says he sold lots of books (Kate noticed some people buying more than one copy, which is always nice.) Wish I could have been there!

There are a handful of copies left in store so anyone in Amsterdam who missed it Tim will be very pleased to sell you a copy.

Also available at all bookshops that stock poetry, and can be ordered by any that don’t, and of course direct from us.

There will be more readings soon, in the UK. watch this space!

In the meantime here’s the first review, from  London Grip

and the title poem

A GIFT OF RIVERS

Flying into Amsterdam
I see how a giant comb has pulled the hairs of the fields
into straight, wet lines, how the occasional hedge
runs on wiry feet away from the open,
how as the plane tilts
the edge of the water-land-water seems ghostly as the meniscus
an empty glass has left behind,
how the many transparent
voices of water thicken in canals
and the old windows in the city
are so like rolled water you wait for fish
to swim through their bubbles.

When I left the branches across our yard
were empty. Now small green fists
punch out space.

Thank you for your gift of rivers.

 

 

Year of the woman

Today is International Women’s Day, in the centenary year of partial suffrage for women.

So an important day for women, but, you know, women are women every day, and there’s still plenty of work to be done, on all sorts of fronts, so celebrate and then roll up your sleeves…

Our small contribution is to do what we do anyway, but do more of it. We are publishing a number of books over the next nine months and most (not all) will be by women.

April
Kate Foley Poetry Collection: A Gift of Rivers

Kate is reading from the collection at Gay’s the Word on 5th April and we are investigating a launch in Amsterdam.

May
Cathy Bryant Poetry Collection: Erratics.

Cathy and Kate are taking part in a seminar on diversity and inclusivity in the poetry world at London Book Fair on 10th April at 17:30 at the ‘Poet’s Corner’

June
The final installment of The Naming of Brook Storyteller: Wolftalker arrives from Ghillian Potts.


Also in June we have the official launch of Dusk which will also kick off thinking about 2018’s Solstice Shorts festival, Dawn!

July Five by Five: 5 short stories each by Katy Darby, Joan Taylor-Rowan, Cassandra Passarelli, Sarah James, Helen Morris

August
We are teaming up with Liars’ League for our official #womensvote100 anthology, We/She featuring stories about women by women. Final line up yet to be finalised but expect stories from:
Carolyn Eden, Katy Darby, Elizabeth Hopkinson, Elisabeth Simon, Elizabeth Stott, Fiona Salter, Ilora Choudhury, J. A. Hopper, Arike Oke, Jennifer Rickard, Jenny Ramsay, Lucy Ribchester, Peng Shepherd, Rosalind Stopps, Joanne L. M. Williams, Swati Khurana, Uschi Gatward.

September
Vindication: an anthology of up to 10 poems each from
Sarah James, Sarah Lawson, Jill Sharp, Elinor Brooks, Adrienne Silcock and Anne Macaulay

November
We are commemorating the end of WWI with poetry and short story anthology An Outbreak of Peace.

 

Dusk: Video – Ynys Mon – Dusk Runner

Karen Ankers reads Dusk Runner by Cath Bore

BSL interpreted by Ffranses Wharton-Faraut

The unpublished poems and stories from these events are in the forthcoming anthology Dusk.

You can buy the book, and the ebook only from us now! Not in shops until June

Dusk Performer: Susie Hennessy

Susie Hennesy is an actor and writer, who was awarded a doctorate from Loughborough University’s School of the Arts, English and Drama in 2015. Susie has performed in a variety of genres and guises, and roles, to date, have included Sarah, in Harold Pinter’s The Lover; Grusha in The Caucasian Chalk Circle; Masha in Three Sisters; Ma Ubu in Ubu Roi; Lydia in The Rivals; Miss Bell in Fame; and Suzannah in Hair. Susie has recently had her first audio play, To Be There, produced, and is collaborating on a screenplay, Finding Angels, which will be filmed in the New Year.   

Dusk author: Patrick Gale

Patrick Gale was born on the Isle of Wight in 1962. He studied at Winchester College before reading English at New College, Oxford. In 1988 he moved to Cornwall where he  still lives with his husband, the farmer and sculptor, Aidan Hicks, at Land’s End.

His novels include Little Bits of Baby (1989), The Cat Sanctuary (1990), The Facts of Life (1995), Tree Surgery for Beginners (1998), Rough Music (2000), A Sweet Obscurity (2003), Friendly Fire, Notes From an Exhibition (2007), The Whole Day Through (2009), A Perfectly Good Man (2012) and A Place Called Winter (2015). There are also two collections of short stories, Dangerous Pleasure (1996) and Gentleman’s Relish (2009).

In 2017 his Man in an Orange Shirt was screened by BBC2 as part of the Gay Britannia season, which also featured the documentary All Families Have Secrets – the Narrative Art of Patrick Gale. Patrick’s next novel, Studies for Resilience will be published in September 2018. He is currently working on a feature film adaptation of a Rose Tremain short story, and television adaptations of one of his own novels and of an early 20th century classic…

www.galewarning.org.

Patrick’s story for Dusk, Sleep Tight, a deliciously creepy story involving moths, will be performed at Ellon and Redruth on 21st December, thus topping and tailing the event. As it is already published (in Gentleman’s Relish) it won’t be in the book.