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

Solstice Cake

SO I just invented the Solstice cake. it’s haf Orange & Ginger, and half Chocolate.

make a single layer of chocolate cake (mine has almonds and brandy in it)

make a single layer of orange and ginger cake (I added almonds so that the cakes would be roughly the same consistency)

cut each layer in half crossways and stick back together with the ganachy stuff the chocolate cake recipe demands.

Put the second layer on at 90 degrees to the bottom, using the ganache stuff again, so that you have 1 corner all chocolate, 1 corner all orange & ginger (apart from the ganache)  and 2 corners with both, so you have a winter (or night), spring (dawn) summer(noon) and autumn (dusk) segment making up the cake. Never let a cake come between you and a meaningful time symbol!

Smother with more ganache and hope it sets enough to take decoration, despite having forgotten to add brandy to it.This cake has everything in it. butter, gluten, nuts, alcohol… there is a gluten-free chestnut chocolate yule log as well, bu that has eggs and cream in, I’ve yet to make a vegan cake I was happy with.

It’s not finished yet, still at  ‘waiting to see if it sets’. Extra chocolate may be required.

There MAY be a sun of some kind on that by tomorrow morning, there may not. Find out at Bakehouse Theatre Blackheath at Noon tomorrow!

 

 

Cork Cancelled

The evil lurgy hath struck! the entire cast of our Cork event have been struck down with a midwinter ague – even the camera person. So they aren’t going to be able to perform, and the CORK event is cancelled. Deeply disappointing.

EVERYWHERE ELSE IS HAPPENING. Get thee to Blackwells Aberdeen, Summerhall Gallery Cafe Edinburgh, The Old Firestation Carlisle, The Ucheldre Centre Holyhead (Ynys Mon), or The Bakehouse Theatre Blackheath (London) in good time for Noon and celebrate the living daylights out of the Solstice, because we’re starting on the dot, and you don’t want to be late, because, you know, the sun might decide to stay away after all…

 

Videos from Mini Solstice at City Writes

Ian Kennedy &Sarah Lloyd sing Cold Time (from Longest Night)

Katerina Watson reads Threshold from Dusk

Cherry Potts reads an extract from The Midwinter Wife from Longest Night

Join us at Noon this Friday for all-new Solstice material in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Carlisle, Ynys Mon, Cork and London (Blackheath)

Live stream sites for Solstice Shorts NOON this friday

If you can’t join us in person at NOON, you can watch one of the events on line in real time, or catch it later.

All uploads are to Facebook.

Ynys Mon: https://www.facebook.com/ucheldre.holyhead/
Carlisle: https://www.facebook.com/tolivarmedia/
Aberdeen: https://www.facebook.com/intuitivemusicaberdeen/
Edinburgh https://www.facebook.com/Old-Creaky-Table-992474250952054/
London (Blackheath) https://www.facebook.com/SolsticeShorts2014/

Cork are not live streaming, but we will share their recorded video later.

 

City Writes

On Thursday 13th December, you are invited to City Writes Autumn 2018, at The Northampton Suite, City University, Northampton Square, EC1V 0HB

Arachne Press’ Cherry Potts and Katerina Watson will be reading  their respective Solstice Shorts stories, The Midwinter Wife from Longest Night, and Threshold from Dusk. We will be supported by Ian Kennedy & Sarah Lloyd singing Cold Time from Longest Night, and there will be readings from the winners of this term’s writing contest, Meera Betab, Angelita Bradney, Kate Henderson and Debz Hobbs-Wyatt.

TICKETS £10 in advance only

 

final reward added to Solstice Shorts Crowdfund

This one is to make Mandy Macdonald laugh, if she remembers a conversation earlier in the year.

It is a little known fact that one of the reasons that Arachne Press is called ‘Arachne’ is because editor in Chief and owner Cherry (that’s me) is a spinner and weaver. Not about to challenge Athene to a weave-off however!

So on the theme of textiles, the final reward on offer for our Crowd fund (finishing 4pm on TUESDAY – thats only 48 hours left!)

For £40 or more, a hand-stitched designed-to-your-preference (up to a point, limited by my skill!) book/mini-ipad/kindle pouch, or something of similar dimensions. (this stuff is erroneously known as tapestry, it really isn’t, I’ve made real woven tapestries, MUCH harder. This is tent stitch.) There is only ONE on offer.

My designs tend towards the geometric, but not necessarily symmetric, and will be limited to the colour palette shown on the left! previous design below to give you an idea. This takes a while as I only do it when also watching TV, so if you want it for someone’s birthday, allow a few months!

 

Solstice Shorts Line-up: Cork

Cork

O’Sho

Mother Hand, Karen Ankers
Toast Crumbs, Karen Boissonneault-Gauthier
Veranda, Clare Shaw
Farewell My Father, Anne Elizabeth Bevan
Moon Jellyfish, Ness Owen
Fire at Midday, Susan Cartwright-Smith

 

Solstice Shorts Line up – Edinburgh

Final line up, subject to confirmation from the writers

Edinburgh

Summerhall Arts Centre

Stories
A Vampire at Noon, Patience Mackarness
High Noon, Marka Rifat
Woman and Child, Barbara Renel
On Kings and Falling, Roppotucha Greenberg

Poems
Angelus At Noon, Patricia McCaw
Arthur Streeton Advises his Students, Mandy Macdonald
By the Obelisk Sundial Drummond Castle, Jane Aldous
Moon Jellyfish, Ness Owen
Noon Talk, Graham Burchell
On the First Calculation of the Circumference of the Earth, Alison Gerhard
Precarious, Michelle Penn
Fire at Midday Susan Cartwright-Smith
Sun Beats over New Orleans  Natalie Gasper

Readers/performers Lindy Barbour, Anita John, Patricia McCaw, Bev Sommerville, Jane Aldous

Solstice Shorts Line up for Ynys Mon

Solstice Shorts line up for Ucheldre Centre, Ynys Môn

#Noon, Su Yin Yap
Mother Hand, Karen Ankers
Jackdaw, Elaine Hughes
Fire at Midday, Susan Cartwright-Smith
I am not Beautiful at Noon, Elinor Brooks
Moon Jellyfish, Ness Owen
Twelve o’Clock From The House, Nicholas McGaughey
Winter Ritual, Sara Elgerot
Winter Solstice, Gareth Culshaw
Unleashed, Paul Foy

Ulcheldre Centre