We are (we really hope we are) livestreaming most of the events for this year’s Solstice Shorts Festival, Time and Tide, because not everyone lives close enough to reach any of the events, or may have excellent reasons not to venture out, and we don’t want you to miss a thing.
Here’s which events are being livestreamed where on Facebook.
It’s been a total whirl since successfully crowd funding. We’ve got our funding from Arts Council England, Aberdeenshire Council and Literature Wales all confirmed (nothing in the bank but…!)
The Tshirts have arrived!
and we’ve started packing up the rewards to go in the post hopefully tomorrow.
We’ve finished typesetting the special edition book. Here’s what the title pages look like…
The book is off to the printers tomorrow, after an epically fast proof-reading by the wonderful Muireann, who turned up on the doorstep with the corrections this morning, and she says its one of our best collections.
We’ve started finding actors, and sending out material, and talking to the Shanty Collective about what additional songs could go with which stories/poems.
and we’ve designed most of the posters and flyers, just waiting for confirmation of details transfered correctly for one or two.
And next weekend we’ve got the sea shanty workshop. If anyone wants to come along, tickets are here: https://bit.ly/2MuSSv0
Our little crowdfund has safely reached harbour 2 days ahead of schedule! Thank you Thank you Thank you!
(Ship’s bell expertly rung by Katy Darby!)
Do we dare set out on an additional fishing trip, and line our coffers a bit more securely? Our other funding sources are not yet confirmed, but with this funding we can at least manage an absolute barebones version of the festival and programme the book printing. What a relief. I do feel like one of those merchants of old, with a tower on their house so they could watch the horizon for their ship coming home safe. So if anyone want to add to our funding the more the better really – it is always very tight for funding, and if we are short, its the bits I love best that have to get cut – the live streaming (what can I say, I’m a control freak – I need to know remote sites are doing their stuff!) and the BSL interpreting – a whole artform in itself, and something that we are keen to promote as a matter of course. So there are barely 2 days left – can we raise a bit more? Still lots of rewards left!
Thanks again to everyone who has supported us, especially those who increased their backing – you know who you are!
Continuing the dip into the detail of Time and tide – more first lines, this time from the Stories: Elizabeth Hopkinson, A Madras Crossing: I thought the worst of the voyage was over when we weighed anchor off the coast of Madras. Diana Powell, Ballast: Let me speak to you about the sea… how I always loved it. Diana Powell, Sea Change, There are voices here. Cathy Lennon, Casting The Stones: The party went out of the garden gate and set off along the duckboards. Neil Lawrence, Diaspora: The man with huge whiskers is talking loudly. Juliet Humphreys, Fisherfolk: In Quay Street, when a woman begins to moan with the coming of a child, word goes out. Holly Magee, Granmama’s Paradise: When I was little, I slurred my syllables together. Linda McMullen, The Fisherman’s Wife: When I met my husband, he was a modest clerk at a promising company. Eoghan Hughes, Herr Dressler: I had left the Alma at closing time and was stumbling along the breakwater the first night I saw the light at sea. Pauline Walker, Hingland: Constance was only just beginning to enjoy the voyage. Roppotucha Greenberg, Listen, Noah’s Wife: He’ll install a foghorn to sound every night. Emily Bullock, Man Overboard: All dreams of death can be forgotten on waking, except when under that final sleep from which there is no waking and only a long forgetting. CB Droege, Metharme: I stand at the prow of the ship, one more in a long, long line of ships. Kilmeny Macmichael, Remittance: Sir inform have not received expected amount this first of month reason Barbara Renel, The Professor’s Daughter: Her dad locks the booth and gives her the key. Paul Foy, The Answer, My Friend: It might be that the day takes you down to the beach with your book and wraparound sunglasses, your Beats and that blast-from-the-past playlist that you made when you realised that loss is all about finding again. Rob Walton, The Dowager Duchess Of Berwick-Upon-Tweed: She hated the Dowager bit, and she no longer particularly cared for the Duchess part, but she had not yet decided what to do about any of it. Maria Kyle, The Surgeon’s Mate: ’Tis no easy matter to cut off a man’s leg. Cindy George, The Wreck Of The Kyllikki: Sea coal just washes up on the beach and no one knows where it comes from. Sheila Lockhart, Turquoise: Every morning after breakfast Ibrahim walked down to the perimeter fence to look at the sea.
We are running a sea shanty workshop with London Sea Shanty Collective on Saturday 23rd November as part of our fundraising for Time and Tide. We already have just enough people signed up to break even, so every person who joins us from now on is grist to the funding mill.
SEA SHANTY WORKSHOP Spend the afternoon learning approx 5 Sea Shanties in 3 or 4 part harmony in SE London
Spend the afternoon learning approx 5 Sea Shanties in 3 or 4 part harmony in celebration of this year’s Solstice Shorts Festival, Time and Tide.
The workshop will be run by a small group of London Sea Shanty Collective members, led by Chip Wilson.
Bus routes 122, P4, 171, 172 stop on the corner. Train to Crofton Park or Honor Oak Park 10 minute walk.
Street parking immediately outside. Wheelchair accessible venue – WC is a bit tight on space so might not suit someone using a large chair.
INCLUDES REFRESHMENTS all dietary issues catered for.
Advanced booking required
You can buy tickets here, or buy them through our crowdfund before 31st October (no difference in price unless you want to donate more) but if you go through the crowdfund, it will help it hit its all-or-nothing target!
Heave away, haul away…we’re bound for (Greenwich, Maryport, Hastings, Holyhead, Peterport, Clydebank and Lisbon!)