Arachne Tenth Anniversary Sale – September

We are celebrating our 10th anniversary by exploring our back catalogue and inviting you to do likewise with special offers on books celebrating their anniversaries in each month.

So for September we have a voucher, ARA10SEP, to get 50% off the following books, some of which are reduced already, so proper bargains!

London Lies our very first book and Liars’ League collaboration – stories about London, published 08/09/2012 here’s just one of the stories

Mosaic of Air  short stories fantasy, history, science fiction, LGBT by Cherry Potts, published 26/09/2013

Weird Lies  our third Liars’ League anthology science fiction, fantasy and the downright odd – also published 26/09/2013

Vindication poems from six women poets, published 27/09/2018 as part of our year of women celebration to mark the centenary of some women getting the vote (or regaining it, in some cases) in the UK.

All you need to do is use the code ARA10SEP at the check out when you buy any or all of these books – you can only use the code once, so we encourage you to buy in bulk!

 

A Pocketful of Chalk Online Launch

We went the for the whole gamut of launches for A Pocketful of Chalk, outdoors, in a barn, in a museum and on line! Here’s the online version, a triumph of technology that took a lot of setting up – those downs are beautiful, but they interfere with Claire’s internet signal. A lot of testing and rearranging of kit was involved, and turning off of interfering phones etc, but it worked!

First Set

Second Set

Q&A

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A Pocketful of Chalk at Keats House

Claire Booker reading at the launch of A Pocketful of Chalk, in the beautiful Chester Room at Keats House

Hey Diddle Diddle

 

Dinosaur Boy

 

Drone Boys

 

Green Ray

 

Grey Heron

 

Long Man Dreaming

 

Mirabelles

 

Morning After

 

Fisherman’s Daughter

 

Remembering Chocolate

 

The Wrasse

 

Looking Towards Smock Mill

 

 

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Eight Poems for Seven Sisters

In which we discover that ancient barns have no soundproofing at all, while reading poems about the glory of the landscape outside.

Claire Booker reads from her poetry collection A Pocketful of Chalk at the visitor centre at Seven Sisters Country Park, between the downs and the sea.

 

Fisherman’s Daughter

 

Breaking Out

 

Drone Boys

 

Gaia in the Garden

 

Green Ray

 

Grey Heron

 

On the Centenary of my Teacups

 

Looking Towards Smock Mill

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A Pocketful of Chalk out and about

As we head towards a bank holiday weekend and you are perhaps thinking of a walk, here, somewhat delayed, are the poems from A Pocketful of Chalk that Claire Booker read en plein-air in Seven Sisters Country Park, above Cuckmere Haven, in perfect walking weather back at the end of July.

 

Towards Beachy Head

 

Dinosaur Boy

 

Hey Diddle Diddle

 

Long Man Dreaming

 

Mirabelles

 

On Beacon Hill

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Wales Book of the Year Poetry Shortlist Showcase

We were absolutely thrilled to hear that A Voice Coming From Then by Jeremy Dixon had been shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year, and so, in the spirit of non-competitive enthusiasm for poetry, we invited the publishers and poets of the other two books, Inhale/Exile by Abeer Ameer (Seren Books) and The Sorry Tale of the Mignonette by Angela Gardner (Shearsman) to join us for a celebratory showcase ahead of the winners announcement on 29th July.

If you are inspired by this video you can buy the books here,
A Voice Coming From Then: Print or ebook and audio book:
The Sorry Tale of the Mignonette
Inhale/Exile

A470 on the Road day 6 Brecon

Video by Dai Powell: Diana Powell, Sian Northey, Siôn Aled, Gareth Writer-Davies, Stephen Payne and clare e potter read under the trees of Brecon cathedral close, hosted by Leigh and Nicki of The Hours bookshop.

The book is back in stock available from our webshop and good bookshops everywhere

audience under the trees

clare e potter

stephen payne

Gareth Writer-Davies

Sian Northey

Diana Powell

Siôn Aled

 

 

 

Paper Crusade online launch videos

Videos from the online launch of Paper Crusade (also available as an eBook) in which poet Michelle Penn introduces us to the cast of characters in her reimagining of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

Introduction

The Sea

The Daughter

The Father

C

the spirit

 

 

A470 on the road day 5 National Library of Wales Videos

Nowhere near the A470 of course, but such a prestigeous venue!

And such lovely people, Pedr ap Llwyd, the librarian (National Librarian, I suppose!), said

it was an amazing, warm, friendly, enriching event and the book is a treasure trove of excellent verse.

and then there was such a gorgeous view over the town and the sea!

view from the library

Our Next A470 event is Sunday 10th July 3:30pm, , £5 part of Gŵyl Arall Festival, Caernafon. Editors Ness Owen & Sian Northey will be joined by Sion Aled, Sara Louise Wheeler, and Lowri Williams to read and talk about the book.

Intro from Cherry Potts

 

Ness Owen

 

Rae Howells (I am authorised to report that the patient survived)

 

Siôn Aled

 

Gareth Writer-Davies & Sandra Evans

 

Diana Powell

 

Pat Edwards and Siôn Aled

 

Sara Louise Wheeler

 

Rhys Owain Williams & Sian Northey

 

Sian Northey

at this point I realised I was running out of space on the camera, so things got a bit hairy…

Jeremy Dixon and Siôn Aled (sorry, I clipped the beginning)

Lowri Williams (Just in Welsh as the camera ground to a halt)

Did you hear the coverage on the book on Classic FM and on BBC6 Music?

And see the coverage in the Guardian?

 

A470 On the Road:Day 4 – Machynlleth – VIDEOS

Videos for day four of our A470 Tour, at Sennedd-dy Owain Glyndŵr in Machynlleth, hosted by galeri a siop lyfrau pen’rallt.

Poet Lowri Williams and editors Sian Northey and Ness Owen read their own and other poems  talk about how A470 came about, the process of creating a bilingual book and the translation decisions they had to make, reading some of their favourite poems from the book in English and Cymraeg, on the way.

Our next date is this coming Thursday 30th June at 7pm, at The National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth details and free tickets

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