Shortest Day Longest Night on Tour Oxford Recordings

We had a bit of a technologically challenged evening at Albion Beatnik. I won’t go into the whys and wherefores but there’s no video, no photos and the sound recording cut out temporarily too.

Here’s what I managed to salvage!

All but the first few words of Wendy Gill reading A Little Favour

Sarah James reading At the Hotel de la Lune

Pauline Walker reading Left of Earth, Right of Venus

A tiny bit of David Mathews reading Mouse

David Steward reading The Cutty Wren

You can catch us on tour Sat 14/01/2017 3pm  Wivenhoe Library, High Street Wivenhoe, Essex
Stories: Rosalind Stopps, Cherry Potts, David Steward, Katy Darby, Poem: Lisa Kelly

Buy the book: Shortest Day, Longest Night

Help us crowdfund for the rest of the tour and the next books

The Story Sessions: Childhood tales- recordings

BMAX Childhood

Having had so much background noise the videos were useless from this session for Brockley Max back in June, I thought we wouldn’t be able to share, but it turns out that the sound recordings whilst still a bit buzzy, are bearable to listen to.

So here they are! Whet your appetite for our next Session, on 18th January – Winter Tales

(WRITERS deadline for submission is TOMORROW 4/1/17 at 23.59 GMT)

 

Barbara Renel reads Blowhole

Liam Hogan reads Bulletproof Papoose

Kate Foley reads several poems from The Don’t Touch Garden

Carrie Cohen reads Helen MorrisSimon le Bon will Save Us.

Chukwude Onwere reads an extract from Courttia Newland‘s Sound Boys, published in Saboteur award-winning Being Dad (Tangent Books)

The Don’t Touch Garden Reading at Woodbridge Library

Kate Foley reads the long narrative poem THE DON’T TOUCH GARDEN from her recently published book of that title.

Music from Sylvia Fairley and Valerie Shelley.

9th of October 7.30pm

Woodbridge Library
New Street, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 1DT

Tickets £3 (including a glass of wine) Available at the library counter or from 01394 446510 or woodbridgelibrary@suffolklibraries.co.uk

Liberty Tales coming up

7pm 18th June 2015

West Greenwich Library, Greenwich High Road, SE10 8NN

Cotton Augustus II.106When we first had the idea for Liberty Tales, (chance meeting at Canada Water Station, it’s a long story) we thought we would be celebrating 800 years of Magna Carta, with, perhaps some historical fiction, and some rousing songs

Well, no, not exactly.

That’s the fun of an open call, you get what you get; and what we got in response to the call out for stories about Liberty, was mostly about living outside the system, and self-expression and choice; and the songs have turned out to be about making things work by not judging others, and working together to get the bright fair future, although they fit surprisingly well with the stories – you’d almost think we planned it!

So we’ve called in some favours to vary the flavour, and now have a rather bleak piece of fantasy, and a story about very much being IN the system…

Our  line up of stories are from:

Liam Hogan The King’s Computer

Carolyn Eden (aka Carrie Cohen, when she reads for us) Promotional Samples of London Town

Jim Cogan Lag

Helen Morris Poppies (read by Carrie Cohen)

Nick Rawlinson Into the Blue (read by Stuart Crossman)

Sarah Evans Bothered (read by Carrie Cohen)

Owen Townend Stopped by a Busker (read by Stuart Crossman)

Thanks to our friends at Better Libraries for hosting us!

Arachne Goes West part 3 – Cheltenham Poetry Festival

Everything is finalised and we know where we are and who is taking part: Join The Other Side of Sleep poets  Angela France, Bernie HowleyJeremy Dixon,  and Math Jones for readings and a brisk chat about narrative poetry.

UNFORTUNATELY NOROVIRUS HAS STRUCK. Kate Foley, AND Jennifer A McGowan, who will not be able to join us, so editor Cherry Potts will read on their behalf.Saturday 25th April, 2.30-3.30pm £4/£6 Oxfam Bookshop 31 Cambray Place GL50 1JP You can book in person at the Town Hall or on-line on the Cheltenham poetry festival website or call 0844 576 2210. find out more about the rest of the festival Here

Call Out for submissions – Liberty Tales UPDATED

However we didn’t get a vast number of stories so we shelved the idea of an anthology. But it’s still a good idea, so we’ve reopened the call out

You can see video of the event here and here.

The CALL OUT:

Stories or poems, which can either be to the general theme of Liberty, or can address a specific clause of the Magna Carta. Find out what they are here. There are plenty of weird ones to play with as well as the more obvious.

  • We do NOT want stories about the opposites of Liberty, it’s a celebration, so no matter how tempted you are by dwelling on the iniquity of false imprisonment, restrain yourself. Light & Shade, you know?
  • Story Length: 800-2000 words.
  • any fiction genre (except erotica or horror. We don’t publish it and don’t want to read it), although we’d enjoy some convincing historical stuff.
  • Yes, it can be a poem. (hello Kate).
  • No, it can’t be an essay, memoir or other non-fiction.
  • Your own original work, UNPUBLISHED* and in English please. Submissions welcome from anywhere in the world.

*If it has been performed that may be ok, also if it is out of print, so long as you retain the rights.

Deadline 21st December 2015.

Entry via our Submittable Account Sharpen you quills.

Arachne goes West part 2 – The South: Bath

The second leg of our tour of the west, and we are going to be in Bath on Wednesday 22nd April. 7.30 – 9.00pm at
Oldfield Park Bookshop  43 Moorland Road, Bath, BA2 3PN this time, with Solstice Shorts

FREE

Excellent stories. Nice people. Free wine. Come and be entertained by actors Nick Rawlinson and Abigail Moore reading from SOLSTICE SHORTS: Sixteen Stories about Time, including competition-winning Bath writers, Pippa Gladhill and David Mathews, and Bristol writer Tannith Perry; plus WIlliam Davidson.

PLEASE PHONE Oldfield Park bookshop to let them know you are coming: 01225 427722

Arachne Goes West part 1 the north – Grange-over-Sands

We’ve been meaning to get out of London for a while, and the furthest we’ve managed so far has been Brighton and Oxford, but over the next couple of months we have three gigs further afield, and towards the west.

We are starting in Cumbria:

Thursday afternoon 16/4/15 14:30-16:00
Grange over Sands Library, Grange Fell Road, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria LA11 6BQ

Discover diverse approaches to telling stories through poetry. Every poem guaranteed over 40 lines: long, narrative, but by no means traditional poems, by contemporary voices from poets featured in our anthology of Narrative Poems, The Other Side of Sleep.
Geraldine Green, Judi Sutherland (if she can manage a day off work), and Cherry Potts (editor). Plus local poet showcase.

A small charge of £1 is made which includes refreshments.

come along and say hello, and join in if you feel so inclined.

Devilskein & Dearlove goes on tour

mr devilskeinWell, very nearly – do three dates constitute a tour?

We are doing readings of our CILIP Carnegie Medal Nominated young adult novel Devilskein & Dearlove by Alex Smith at:

Brentwood Theatre 15 Shenfield Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 8AG (in partnership with Chicken & Frog Bookshop)
Wednesday 21st January 2015 13:30, with Greg Page (who voices Mr Devilskein on our animated trailer) reading. We will show the trailer,  together with a video of author Alex Smith answering questions from Cape Town, South Africa) and Cherry Potts, Arachne Press owner will talk a little about publishing.
£10 including a copy of the book

The Gate Library 6-8 Woodgrange Road, Forest Gate, London E7 0QH
Thursday22nd January 2015, 11am with Greg Page taking the reader’s role. We will show the trailer,  together with a video of author Alex Smith answering questions from Cape Town, South Africa) Free.

Lewisham Library, 199-201 Lewisham High Street SE13 6LG
Thursday 5th February 2015 8pm with Peter Noble reading. Free.

erin dearlove

Ask Alex some questions about writing, Devilskein & Dearlove, or secret gardens…

We have actors to read because author Alex Smith is in South Africa. We have tried doing live video link-ups but there are too many variables, and it tends not to work, so we are doing some filming in advance, and we need your questions!

If you are coming to any of these events (or even if you aren’t) and would like to ask Alex a question, please use the form below, or tweet us at @Devilskein, BEFORE CHRISTMAS. Then Alex will record her answers and we can play them at the events, and put the video up on the website afterwards. (At the moment this will only happen at Brentwood Theatre, but we will see whether the libraries have the facilities to do the same.)

Sam Small Time Travel

Here’s Sam reading a version of his poem Time Travel which appears in our forthcoming poetry anthology, The Other Side of Sleep, which is officially published this Thursday.

Sam Small reading Time Travel

We have actor Kevin Cherry reading this poem, in its published form, at the Brighton launch of the book, 2nd October at Bom-Bane’s Cafe, come along and you can compare the versions and the style!