Time and Tide Solstice Shorts 2019 call out

Solstice Shorts Festival 2019

To coincide with the launch (tonight) of Noon, the latest anthology of stories and poems from the festival, we announce the theme for this year.

Now in its 6th Year, Solstice Shorts Festival is once again being held on 21st December – and this year it’s a weekend, so we’ll be looking to fill an entire day (or at least noon to dusk) with short stories, poems and song.

The Theme:
It’s always about time – in the past we’ve done, Longest Night, Shortest Day, Dusk, Noon and just ‘Time’; but this year we are looking back, and picking up on a suggestion from the feedback from the very first festival.

This year our theme is

TIME and TIDE

We are looking for organisers and venues in port cities and towns – either on coasts or on tidal rivers. We already have organisers in London, Our Holyhead collaborators Cybi Poets are on board and we hope our Aberdeen collaborators Intuitive Music Aberdeen will be game for another year of Solstice activity too,  but we would also like to look beyond our own shores and go international, we are in discussion with people in Lisbon, Portugal – let’s see how far we can take the festival this year. [Don’t be shy – it doesn’t need to be a huge complicated thing – if the idea excites you, get in touch and we’ll talk you through it. Nor do you have to keep going all day!]

We are looking for stories poems and songs of making a living on or beside the water, and making new lives over the water so a particular interest in immigration, emigration, diaspora. We would like everything to have an historical slant (though that can be fairly recent history). There is a risk that this could develop a decidedly male voice so we would also like to pick up on the use of Time and Tide [wait for no man] as the title of the Suffragette magazine in the UK, and want to see lots of strong female characters and voices. We also want to see lots of strong BAME characters and voices, so spread the word to your female and BAME writing friends.

Your story/poem/song will be performed live by an actor (or you) at the festival – possibly on multiple sites. We try to live stream to Facebook (technology permitting). Subsequent publication in the anthology with royalties paid (this may include the lyrics of songs if appropriate.)

Maximum 2000 words regardless of fiction/poetry. Songs maximum 5 mins

Closing date 21st June 2019

Songs can be traditional or original, and in any language, provided you send us an English translation so we can tell if it’s appropriate, and need to be performed by their proposer/writer (unless you have someone who can do it for you), so songwriters/musicians need to be able to attend one of the venues.

Story/Poem writers can be from anywhere but your story must be in English or BSL.

We will only accept non-English works if they are linked to a confirmed venue, so hold fire on those until we’ve tied up that side of things, and they must be accompanied by an English translation. Deaf writers can submit a video, blind writers can submit audio files.

No horror/erotica/gratuitous or sexual violence. We mean it, don’t send it.

CLOSING DATE
23:59
21ST JUNE 2019

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