#Arachne5 at Archway With Words video

It has been a busy time, another set of videos I’ve only just had time to edit and post:

We took part in the Archway With Words Festival back in September, reading from a variety of books at Archway Library. (5 books, 5 authors, for our 5th anniversary…)

Carolyn Eden, Free White Towel, Liberty Tales

Cherry Potts, Mirror, Lovers’ Lies

Wendy Gill, A Little Favour, Shortest Day, Longest Night

Katy Darby, The Horror, the Horror, Stations

Liam Hogan, Crossroads, Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed.

Poetry Book Fair readings – video and audio

We were at the Poetry Book Fair a couple of weeks ago, but it’s been so busy since I’ve not had a chance to get the recordings of the readings up.

Here they are!

Jeremy Dixon Flax, San Francisco, Pearls over Shanghai, and Tabernacle Lane from Liberty Tales

Math Jones (the end of Grithspell) from The Other Side of Sleep

Sarah James At The Hotel de la Lune

Lisa Kelly Daylight Saving Time

Shoreham WordFest: Liberty & Protest videos

We had a lot of fun at Sussex Yacht Club in Shoreham for Shoreham WordFest on Thursday, lovely crowd, great acoustic and though we say it ourselves, some marvellous poems, stories and songs.

Poems by Bernie Howley, Elinor BrooksBrian Johnstone, Jeremy Dixon, Kate Foley and Andrew McCallum; read Carrie Cohen, Elinor Brooks and Greg Page

Stories by Carolyn Eden, Cherry Potts and Liam Hogan read by themselves.

Songs by Sydney Carter, Ali Burns, Albert Nyathi, George Loveless/ Joe Stead and  James Oppenheim; arranged by Melanie Harrold messed around with and sung by a small subset of Vocal Chords Choir, (Cherry Potts, Alix Adams, Bea Jackson, Caroline Dunton, Denise Mueller-Brown and Maria Kirby)

The Privilege of Departure, or Dover Bound, But Delayed by Bernie Howley, read by Carrie Cohen.

 

 

 

Singing We Raise the Watchword Liberty in full with the audience

The second half – stories, and a certain amount of difficulty with the camera cutting out.

Carolyn Eden:

Cherry Potts:

Liam Hogan:

Here’s some feedback from the audience on what they liked (you can hear them joining in on some of the songs)

Well constructed programme, the segues from music into poetry and back again, the variety of interpretations given to the theme of liberty. Bread and Roses, Free White Towel and the promise of a free badge!

Here is an interesting evening, full of fun, wisdom and wit. Hear some moving poems/ stories from those from the past and present combined with our essential liberties.

I love being read to. A very mixed programme which really stimulated my mind and imagination.

relaxed

variety – the spice of life

I enjoyed the flow of the first half

Loved the storytelling

Singing – chance to join in

Celebrating freedom – and keeping socialist history alive – good songs poems and stories too!

Witty and original writing. Very lively material, good singing.

Live video uploads

We are still testing live video uploading ahead of DUSK. We have a YouTube channel, but we can’t upload live to it unless we have 100 subscribers. So it would help if you could get on over to YouTube and subscribe – we can’t even test without this. You will find lots of lovely video up already to amuse you. We have another channel specifically for Solstice Shorts which we’ve never really used, but we might need both so if you could subscribe to that too that would be great!

We can do Facebook but can’t do anything with the video once it’s there. We’ll be trying that again TOMORROW at Shoreham WordFest where we are reading from Liberty Tales, and singing a few protest songs.

#Arachne5 two different ways of dealing with disputes…

The last of the videos from #Arachne5 anniversary party, the camera battery died after this – so it will be just audio from here on.

Nichol Wilmor reads An Account of Six Poisonings from Weird Lies in which families and lovers resort to extreme measures.

and Sarah Lawson reads Next Door to the Capulets, (originally read at our Shakespeare inspired Midsummers Night In The Garden event) in which, whilst the Capulets and Montagues disturb a lot of air, the neighbours just grumble.

Weird lies is part of special offer for our 5th Anniversary – get it for just £5

#Arachne5 Katy Darby proves prescience

On to the just audio now, in our records of the anniversary party, having forgotten the spare battery for the camera (grr)

There is a tiny bit of video from Carrie Cohen:

 

Katy Darby reads Keep Calm and Carry On, from our very first book London Lies

In which the world goes to hell in a hand cart and there are no more Catherine Cookson novels…

#Arachne5 Party: videos for Stations

We had so much fun at the party on Friday. The quality of the live video (find it on Facebook) is a bit ropey so here is some better quality!

Here are Summer All Year Long singing the song from the original launch party for Stations, Sweet Train Roll Softly based on (the much better) Sweet Thames Roll Softly, by Ewan MacColl. We had a different arrangement originally, by Peter Morgan, but an almost entirely different choir membership and very little rehearsal, so this is Melanie Harrold‘s arrangement (more or less) which we learnt more recently.

And Bartle Sawbridge reading the middle section of Rich and Strange, the story he wrote for the Shadwell stop on the journey the anthology takes from Highbury and Islington to West Croydon.

As part of our 5th anniversary celebrations Stations is available for a bargain £5 from our web shop.

We are crowdfunding for Solstice Shorts Festival 2017 DUSK. help us reach our target!

 

 

And… we are crowdfunding! taking Solstice Shorts Festival across the UK

Help us reach our funding target of £2000, (to match fund Arts Council application) to take Solstice Shorts live and online for Dusk on 21st December 2017. Live Stories, Poems and Songs from (at least) Inverness to (at least) Bath, and a live link-up.

Another of those almost-crazy ideas. A miniature 45 minute festival in as many places as possible starting in the north-east (where Dusk starts first) and finishing in the south-west (where it ends last.)

You can browse the rewards and the plans on Kickstarter. We have some really special offers this year, and our authors have really got involved, offering experiences and hand-made items and sage advice!

#Arachne5 Weird Lies

As part of the run up to our celebration of our fifth anniversary we are highlighting our first five books, all available for £5 each from our shop

Also available to bona fide libraries and book charities free please contact us to enquire.

Number Five: Weird Lies

WINNER of the Best Anthology Award Saboteur2014

Review from Sabotage

“The story I enjoyed the most in this collection was ‘Haiku Short, Parakeet Prawns, Konnichiwa Peter’ (Lee Reynolddson), it’s about the weirdest lie we all tell ourselves to get through the bad times: one day we’ll escape. There’s always some other place we exoticise, life will be better if we can only get there.

All in all Weird Lies does exactly what it says on the jacket, its weird, it’ll make your head spin if you read it in one sitting and what’s even weirder? You’ve told yourself all these lies that are contained in this collection.”

 

review by Andrew Salomon

review on Little Crocodile

goodreads reviews

There’s something about Liars’ League that brings out the wildness in the writers’ imaginations. Here we explore myth, fantasy, science fiction, and the indefinable what the – that makes up Weird. In true Liars’ League fashion there is as much humour as there is darkness and poignancy.

More than twenty tales, varying in style from stories not out of place in One Thousand and One Nights, to the completely bemusing.
Discover mirrors that predict the immediate future and museums where your personal future life is exhibited in the kind of ephemeral objects that might normally find their way into a dustbin.
Meet tadpoles, lazy assassins, and assiduous poisoners; observe deals with the devil, and workplace stress taken to its logical conclusion.
Heroes, villains, and animals – anything and anyone could provide the twist in the tale – cursed travellers, persistent dreamers, aliens, robots and even ice might be the object, or source, of love.

Another cover chosen from our competition. Designer Kevin Threlfall has gone on to do two more book covers for us (Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed, and  With Paper for Feet.)

 

 

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videos of readings:

Launch of the SciFi stories at the Royal Observatory part 1

Launch of the SciFi stories at the Royal Observatory part 2

Fantasy launch at Ladywell Gallery

Other Worlds at Ladywell Gallery

Lewisham Library

 

 

We will be reading from Weird Lies at the PARTY on the 8th September. Come along!

#Arachne5 Mosaic of Air

As part of the run up to our celebration of our fifth anniversary we are highlighting our first five books, all available for £5 each from our shop

Also available to bona fide libraries and book charities free please contact us to enquire.

Number Four: Mosaic of Air

Originally published twenty years ago, the sixteen short stories in Mosaic of Air reflect and explore Lesbian life in the 1980s through myth, history, fantasy and science fiction. Delving into lecturing spiders, Helen of Troy, seaside libraries, computers that fall in love, murder and memory; but most of all humour, and a delight in all that women can be.

Praise for the first edition:

Cherry Potts writes with economy, punch, panache.

Ellen Galford

Definitely about women in space, not the usual glossy tomboys of standard sf.

Gwyneth Jones

Delightful … both a hilarious spoof of one-man-and-his computer myths such as 2001, a Space Odyssey; and a reflection on the limits of love and power.

Zoë Fairbairns

From the foreword:

Sometimes I think that I would write these stories differently now, and then I think, would I? Yes, the world has changed, these days many of the scenarios played out by characters in the contemporary stories wouldn’t now happen in Britain; but there are plenty of places in the world where these stories would still happen. Sadly they have not dated as thoroughly as I might have hoped.

review from Sabotage

High points

‘Mosaic of Air’ is an interesting parable featuring a proto-post-feminist lead, a computer programmer whose programme becomes sentient which surprisingly encases an abortion debate.

If you read nothing else in this book you must read ‘Arachne’s Daughters’; this takes apart a myth about Arachne (a human) challenging Athene (the goddess): ‘”Now, can you believe anyone would be so stupid?” ‘.  It’s set as a speech given at a women-only meeting with a clever twist on why so many women shouldn’t fear spiders despite the extra legs and pincers ‘ “Forgot something though didn’t they?…[Men]… How many Cancers and Scorpios are in the audience?”.’

audio of readings:

LGBT History Month at Walthamstow Library

 

We are having a PARTY on the 8th September. Come along! free, but ticketed