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.

 

call out for stories and poems for Peace anthology

Call out for stories and poems for an anthology celebrating the centenary of the end of WWI. Publication planned for Nov 2018.

Provisional Title An Outbreak of Peace.

Two free copies of the anthology, and royalties @ 8% divided between all the contributors. e-book royalties @25% of net divided between all contributors.

Open to everyone – unpublished and in English please.
Stories: around 2000 words but anything between 1000 and 2500 accepted.
Poems up to 1000 words.

How you respond to this theme is up to you, and it doesn’t need to be specific to WWI, but we find nothing to celebrate in war, and want a good balance for the book between appropriate commemoration of the dead, relief that it’s over and hope for the future.

Submit via Submittable only, please

Closing date 31st March 2018

submit

New crowd fund reward – Running before the Wind

Support our DUSK crowd fund  and get an anthology of sea poems

One of our poets, Joy Howard has offered a copy of a book she edited:
Running Before the Wind, Poems about the Sea (Grey Hen Press)

This anthology of contemporary poems covers every aspect of our sometimes conflicting relationship with the unbiddable two-thirds of our planet.

‘A wind-shaken, salt-laden, heartload of poems by women, and not a dead fish among them. I have lived within sight of the sea all my life, and this is the most enjoyable anthology I have read on this subject’. Gillian Clarke

National Poetry Day: special Announcements – planned books

Hello poetry lovers.

To celebrate National Poetry Day we have a special offer, some events and an announcement or three.

For today only our anthology of long narrative poems  The Other Side of Sleep is on offer at £5 (reduced from £9.99) if bought direct from us online

If you are at Free Verse Poetry Book Fair on Saturday at Conway Hall come and say hello – we have a stall, and are reading at 4.30 in the Garden Cafe on Red Lion Square (Lisa Kelly, Math Jones, Sarah James and Jeremy Dixon)

or the BBC’s Strong Language Festival in Hull (drop by the pop up poetry bookshop today through to Sunday)

You can get a copy of TOSOS for £5 if bought with another Arachne Press Poetry Book at either event.

Looking forward, we have been inviting people whose work we have published in anthologies like TOSOS, to send us their collections.

Quite a few people have, and at the moment we have agreement, in principle, to publish the following

2018

Kate Foley A Gift of Rivers (definite, April)

 

Cathy Bryant The Colour of Not Knowing

2019

Math Jones

The Knotsman

Jeremy Dixon In Retail

We are still toying with the idea of what I think of as a ‘short fat anthology’ – maximum of 5 poets, multiple poems from each – this is aimed at emerging poet who haven’t got enough work for a collection yet – so exciting new voices on the cusp of greatness!

 

#Arachne5 more thank yous

I’ve scheduled this to go live as we start our 5th Anniversary celebrations.

It’s a complex business starting and running a publishing house. People contribute crucial things at crucial moments and sometimes it isn’t until you look back you realise – if that hadn’t happened…

So thank you to all the people who do things without knowing and without being asked, or are so enthusiastic when asked I get over my own doubts and plough on – I’m bound to have missed someone, but here are most of the brilliant people who helped us get started and/or keep Arachne ticking over.

Bartle Sawbridge for introducing me to WooA Writing group something like eight years ago, giving me the structure to start taking my own writing seriously again, and for the rest of the members of WooA at the time, (Joan, Rosalind, David, Anna, Clare, Hilary) for being ace writers and getting me thinking (without saying anything to them) that we jointly needed a publisher, and also for introducing me to Liars’ League.

Liars’ League for being a bottomless cauldron of talent into which I dipped to find the writers for our first book, and especially thank you to Katy Darby for saying exactly the right thing when I approached her about it. If she hadn’t, this would have stayed a pipe dream, and also for co-editing and general cheerleading.

 

On the professional front, everyone at Inpress for not just doing what they set out to, in persuading bookshops to stock our books, but also providing all kinds of opportunities to explore the world of publishing through conferences and fairs made possible and affordable due to their bargaining chops.

Everyone at TJ International for producing such wonderful quality books in particular John Rance, for that first phone call (‘these are the questions you don’t know you need to ask us’) and being so approachable and reasonable and human!

Sabotage Reviews for the most reviews from any one source, and awarding us Best Anthology back in 2014. That plastic star thing is still sitting on the shelf above my desk.

All our Arachne Friends especially David, Jacquie, Pippa, Trefor, and Alison for their support.

Our supporters big and small on various crowdfunds especially Jonathan and Russell

and of course Arts Council England who have funded us twice.

And our authors and artists for coming up with inspired rewards for crowdfunds, especially Inua, Kevin Jill, Pippa and Jeremy.

On the maverick front…All the people who said YES when I came up with what felt like daft ideas, everyone at Lewisham Libraries (literally dozens of them, everyone has got involved and supported us), but particularly Alan Morrison, and Joan Redding (ex Lewisham, now at Carillion) who probably said yes (or more accurately, let’s do it) more than anyone in the known universe, and everyone at Better Libraries in Greenwich, particularly Rebecca Gediking (‘Of course we’ll open the Library at 7am on a Sunday’) and Debra Sullivan (‘This is what Libraries are for’), and many other libraries and librarians especially Gaynor Lynch Foley at RBKC. Greenwich University for a spectacular launch week for Outcome, especially Sarah Creech. Zoltan Abbot at Brockley Deli and Father Bates at St Hildas and Stuart Morriss at Misty Moon for hosting some pretty strange events without batting an eyelid. Dennis Harrison at Albion Beatnik for the most consistent hoster of events outside London. And of Course, V22 (Becca, Simon) for hosting tonight’s PARTY!

My dear friend Michele, who steps in and helps whenever she can and never flaps when things go pear-shaped.

All the other stepper-in-ers, especially Laura, Helen, Birgitta, Tessa, Judith, Catriona, Mark, Bartle, Stuart.

Another great friend, Muireann, for eagle-eyed proofing and cheeky margin comments, and regular company at supper on a Monday. Arachne would be a poorer item altogether without her.

Carrie and Wendy for batting ideas about, practical help with storage and logistics, and offering to be a formal advisory group.

Irena Hill for brilliant networking (she knows everyone) and idea thrashing.

Russell Potts (my dad) for vital help when needed, and telling me he’s proud.

And finally, just in case she thinks I haven’t noticed or don’t appreciate it, Alix, the best woman in the world, who comes to events she doesn’t want to come to (and doesn’t let it show), shares the driving on long hauls, fits holidays around festivals, sings with the choir, does front-of-house, staffs bookstalls and even reads for us. Arachne has a huge impact on her life, and wouldn’t exist if she wasn’t such a positive life force.

Here she is doing everything…

#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.

Cover Karen Keogh

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!