Past Events

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The Story Sessions (our now retired bimonthly themed live literature series)


14/11/2023 Getting by in Tligolian, a speculative time travelling novella by Roppotucha Greenberg  Online launch videos

25/07/2023  Deptford Library  BSL Poetry event
Poets Lisa Kelly, Sahera Khan and Zoë McWhinney perform BSL poetry and run a BSL poetry workshop. Presented in BSL with interpretation into English.

20/07/2023  Afrori Books
A J Akoto reading from her debut poetry collection UnMothered and in conversation with Brighton poets Priss Nash and Aflo.the Poet who are part of an anthology of black writing from Penguin Part of a Story That Started Before Me

19/07/2023 poetry walk on Blackford hill, Edinburgh, with Jane Aldous reading from her poetry collection More Patina than Gleam which is set in Edinburgh.

13/07/2022 Online launch for A J Akoto’s debut poetry collection UnMothered 

11/07/2023  Housmans Book launch for A J Akoto’s debut poetry collection UnMothered

06/07/2023  Juno books 24 Chapel Walk, Sheffield, S1 2PD
Writing Queer Joy – reading and workshop with Jeremy Dixon

18/06/2023 Roundtable Books Readings from multiple authors involved in our global majority anthology Where We Find Ourselves

20/06/2023 Roundtable Books pre-publication event with poet AJ Akoto reading from her forthcoming collection UnMothered

21/06/2023  Keats House, Midsummer Shakespeare event with Michelle Penn (Paper Crusade) and Jennifer A McGowan (With Paper for Feet) – readings

22/06/2023  Roundtable Books Reading by Rhiya Pau from her debut (award winning) collection Routes

29/11/2022 7.30pm In Words  an online showcase of 4 of our recent poetry books: Routes, How to be a Tarot Card (or a Teenager), A Pocketful of Chalk and Paper Crusade. This event wasn’t recorded, but at the last minute Rhiya couldn’t make it so we recorded some poems with herfor the event, which will be up here shortly

24/11/2022  at Keats House Launch for Routes by Rhiya Pau. A packed audience for this one – video will be available when I’ve found time to edit

23/11/2022  Forest Hill Library Writing the Diaspora – a conversation between Rhiya Pau author of poetry collection – Routes and Anna Fodorova author of the novel In the Blood with very different takes on the refugee experience video to follow soon!

25/10/2022   Launch of In the Blood at the Czech Embassy  initial photos

20/10/2022  Launching How to be a Tarot Card (or a Teenager) by Jennifer A McGowan at The Oxford Poetry Library first recordings

11/10/2022 National Coming Out Day ONLINE in conversation with fellow Arachne Poet Kate Foley YouTube

Jeremy Dixon touring A Voice Coming from Then

first video

13/10/2022 Cardiff Central Library Hub, a joint event with Jeremy Dixon and  George Sandifer-Smith
06/10/2022 (National Poetry Day) 1-2 pm Waterstones, Carmarthen
06/10/2022 (National Poetry Day) 7pm Waterstones, Cardiff
05/10/2022   6.30pm The Hours, Brecon

Across July 2022 launches for A Pocketful of Chalk by Claire Booker

21st July The Hours Cafe & Bookshop, Brecon A470

24th July: The Poetry Pharmacy, Bishop’s Castle,  A470

30/06/2022, A470 National Library Aberystwyth

24th June 2022 Paper Crusade at Keats House Library Video

 22nd June 2022  online launch for Paper Crusade  Video

21st June 2022 to launch Michelle Penn’s book-length poem, Paper Crusade: Enchanted Island Books. Michelle talked about which books she would save if she was shipwrecked on her island.

01/06/2022, A470, Senedd-dy Owain Glyndwr Machynlleth videos

31/05/2022, A470 Siop Lyfrau’r Hen Bost, Blaenau Ffestiniog videos

30/05/2022, A470 Storyville Pontypridd

28/05/2022, A470 Cardiff Library

23/04/2022, A470 at Caffi Soar Merthyr

22/2/22 Where We Find Ourselves: Writing the Diaspora, A Conversation Arachne Press poets Nikita Chadha, Alex Williams, Gita Ralleigh, Seni Seneviratne, Des Mannay, Marina Sanchez and Catherine Okoronkwo, talked about diaspora experience and the power and significance of creative response.

2nd January 2022, Jeremy Dixon at Live From the Butchery Online

21st December Solstice Shorts 2021 Words from the Brink

4th November 2021, 19:00 – ONLINE Launch of Where We Find Ourselves

31st October 2021, 14:00-16:00 – LIVE Launch of Where We Find Ourselves – Keats House –

30th October 2021, 14:00 – Arachne Press at Gloucester Poetry FestivalJennifer A McGowan Jane Aldous Rob Walton Kate Foley Math Jones Ness Owen Emma Lee Jeremy Dixon

Thursday 26th August 2021, Launch of A Voice Coming From Then by Jeremy Dixon

14th August 2021,  Laura Besley at Local Writers: Writing through the pandemic

29th July 2021, Launch of Strange Waters by Jackie Taylor

25th July 2021 – Arachne Press at the Causley Festival (Online)

24th June 2021 – Launch of Accidental Flowers by Lily Peters

Brockley Max 2021:

June 2nd – Imagined Spaces – A Writer’s Approach to Place

May 31st, Short, Flash, Poem? 

May 30th – Keeping Up With a Paper and Pencil

May 27th 2021 Launch of Incorcisms by David Hartley, and 100neHundred by Laura Besley.

May 9th 2021,  Local Author Virtual Premiere for Zed and the Cormorants Cornwall libraries

April 29th 2021 Launch of Zed and the Cormorants.

April 24th 2021 Launch of blog tour for Zed and the Cormorants @a_never_ending_story. Check out all the coverage here .

Solstice Shorts 2019 Time & Tide: videos and audio being uploaded now…

Launch of Departures: Part 1 & Part 2

Launch of Let Out the Djinn by Jane Aldous at Lighthouse bookshop, Edinburgh video 1, video 2

Mamiaith launch Holyhead videos

Story Cities Panel discussion with the editors at Greenwich Book Festival videos

Story Cities LAUNCH PARTY  Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Greenwich videos

Story Cities Manchester Blackwells Launch party

Math Jones read from The Knotsman 23rd April 2019The Hive,  Worcester

Math Jones the Launch Party for The Knotsman 10th April 2019
Nell of Old Drury video

Jeremy Dixon read from In Retail on 30th March at The Arnolfini Bristol

NOON Book Launches 21st March 2019:
CORK Waterstones
GREENWICH Stephen Lawrence Gallery videos: Marika Josef, Clare Shaw, Michelle Penn, Stuart McKenzie
27th March 2019 Blackwell’s Aberdeen

Solstice Shorts 21st December NOON at Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Carlisle, Ynys Mon, and London (Blackheath)

An Outbreak of Peace London Launch: Housmans Bookshop  14th November Videos: Valerie Bence!, Sarah Tait, Katy Darby, Chantal Heaven, Peter Kenny, CB Droege, Clare Owen, Karen Ankers

An Outbreak of Peace Manchester Launch: Blackwells Bookshop  30th November with readings from Ness Owen, Sarah Tait,  Mantz Yorke (Poetry) Lily Peters, Rebecca Skipwith (Fiction) Videos

Vindication launch

16th August 2018 launch We/She

19th July 2018  launch Five by Five

Erratics launch Blackwells Manchester

St Johns Festival: stories and poems from Laila Sumpton, Cherry Potts, Pippa Gladhill, Michelle Penn, Katerina Watson

Wolftalker Launch

A Gift of Rivers at Gays the Word

A Gift of Rivers Amsterdam

Archway with Words festival another #Arachne5 event

Shoreham Word Fest Liberty Tales and Songs of Protest: Arachne joins forces once again with part of Vocal Chords Choir for stories, poems and songs

#Arachne5 Our 5th Birthday celebrations at Manor House Library Lee:

Katy Darby Liam Hogan Carolyn Eden Carrie Cohen reading David Mathews Carrie Cohen reading Ghillian Potts Jeremy Dixon

Old Woman from Friuli/ Brat

Launch (With Carrie Cohen)
Brockley Max (With Katy Darby)
Deptford Lounge (with Carrie Cohen)
Stanmore Library, (With Patsy Prince)
Osterley Library, (With Sarah Feathers)
West Ealing Library (With Cherry Potts)

Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed

06/04/2017 London launch Stoke Newington with Carrie Cohen reading some of the stories
20/4/17 North Kensington Library,  with Louisa Gummer reading one of the stories.
25/04/2017 Lewisham Library (videos), with Carrie Cohen reading one of the stories
26/04/2017 Burley Fisher bookshop,  with Carrie Cohen reading one of the stories
28/04/2017 Albion Beatnik
03/05/17 Teashop Tales
04/05/2017 West Greenwich Library,  with Lisa Rose reading one of the stories
17/05/2017 The Story Sessions, with Annalie Wilson reading one of the stories.

Keats House Library

With Paper for Feet
23/02/2017 Keats House Library
03/03/2017 Oxford Albion Beatnik
04/03/2017 North Kensington Library
08/03/2017 Lewisham Library

Shortest Day Longest Night
06/01/2017  Albion Beatnik
10/1/2017 St James Wine Vaults
11/01/2017 Lewisham Library
14/01/2017 Wivenhoe Library
04/02/2017  North Kensington Library

Liberty Tales

17/11/2016 Greenwich Launch West Greenwich Library
18/11/2016 Albion Beatnik
 23/11/2016 Lewisham Library
01/12/2016  Housmans Bookshop
10/12/2016 North Kensington Library
10/1/2017 St James Wine Vaults
25/01/2017 Greenstead Library
4/06/2017 Brockley Max

Solstice Shorts Festival3:

Story Sessions logo copy

Story Sessions: Fantastical tales video 1 video 2 video3

Story Sessions:RETELLING Tales Poems1 Poems2 Poems3 Stories Flash from the floor
Story Sessions:Winter Tales
Story Sessions: Freedom tales
Story Sessions: Childhood Tales
Story Sessions: Asylum Tales: Poems, Refugees Welcome, Songs

Midsummer in the Garden: play, poetry1, poetry2, poetry3, story, songs 1, songs2

Cherry Potts, Rebellion: writing Fantasy at Brompton Library

The Other Side of Sleep poets at London Book Fair

Readings from The Dowry Blade, Cherry Potts and The Don’t Touch Garden, Kate Foley; Gay’s the Word

The Dowry Blade Launch, The Beckenham Bookshop

The Dowry Blade Launch, Clapham Books

The Dowry Blade Launch, Lewisham Library reading 1 reading 2 reading3

The Don’t Touch Garden Amsterdam Launch

Solstice Shorts 2015: Longest Night

Longest Night Folk Singing workshop

Launch of The Don’t Touch Garden


Feast at Brockley Deli

Festival! at Ladywell Gallery

Word on the Street: Clerkenwell Literary Festival

The Other Side of Sleep:Cheltenham Poetry Festival


The Other Side of Sleep: Grange over Sands Library,

The Other Side of Sleep: Keats House

Cherry Potts & VA Fearon North Kensington Library

Devilskein & Dearlove Lewisham

Devilskein & Dearlove Newham and Brentwood

Solstice Shorts Festival of stories and folk music 21st December 2014, Royal Observatory Greenwich and West Greenwich Library

The Story Sessions November 2014 Narrative poetry and announcement of Solstice Shorts winners

Saturday 8th November Middlesborough: Westgarth Social Club, The Other SIde of Sleep poets: Adrienne Silcock, p.a. morbid (accompanied by Kev Howard), Judi Sutherland.

The Other Side of Sleep at Bom-Bane’s Brighton 2nd October 2014

The Other Side of Sleep LAUNCH (and art exhibition private view) Lauderdale House 1st October 2014 7.30pm

From London Lies to The Other Side of Sleep, Arachne Press Cover Artists exhibition, Lauderdale House 1-12 October 2014

Devilskein & Dearlove and The Other Side of Sleep at Albion Beatnik Bookstore, 34 Walton Street Oxford OX2 6AU 30th September 2014

Rochester Literature Festival Bookmark’d Sunday 28th September 2014 12-4pm Guildhall Museum

The Story Sessions: Beastly Tales 19th September 2014

Devilskein & Dearlove readings at Balham (2:30 ) and Tooting (4:30) Libraries Thursday 7th August 2014

The Story Sessions: Youthful Tales July 2014 also here and here

Brockley Max Festival – Other Worlds also here and here

Sabotage awards

The Story Sessions: Technicians Tales May 2014

The Story Sessions: Old Wives Tales 12th March 2014

LoSoCo LGBT History event 27th February 2014

Cafe of Good Hope LGBT History event 26th February 2014

Crofton Park Library LGBT History event 21st February 2014

The Story Sessions: Queer Tales 19th February 2014

Walthamstow Library LGBT History event 12th February 2014

North Kensington Library LGBT History event 11th February 2014

Lewisham Library LGBT History event 6th February 2014

The Story Sessions: Family Tales 15th January 2014

The Story Sessions: Solstice Tales 11th December 2013

Lewisham Library Weird Lies Reading 5th December 2013

Peckham Literary Festival 28th November 2013

The Story Sessions: Armistice Tales 13th November 2013 (National Short Story Week)

Writing with your ears @Words over Waltham Forest 12th November 2013

The Story Sessions: Haunting Tales for Halloween 30th October 2013

Ilkley Fringe Festival – On the Write Track 15th October 2013

Weird Lies & Mosaic of Air Launch 1st October 2013

Weird Lies & Mosaic of Air Launch part 2: 5th October 2013

Berkhampsted Speak Easy 25th September 2013

Towersey Festival 22-26th August 2013

Leeds Book Fair Saturday 27th July 2013

ArachneFest 1st birthday celebration at Clapham Books Thursday 18th July 2013 7pm

Southwark Arts Fair Saturday 13th July 2013 6-7pm

Oxjam Dalston takeover Saturday 13th July 2013

Cherry Potts reads at Brixton Book Jam Monday 8th July 2013 19:30

Crystal Palace Overground Festival Saturday 29th June 2013

Misty Moon Festival Ladywell Tavern Sunday 9th June 2013

Writing on the Move, Hillingon Arts Week, Writing Workshop 1st June 2013

Arachne Press at the Keats Festival 25th May 2013 Writing Workshop & Reading

Katy Darby at Brixton BookJam May Bank Holiday: 6th May 2013

CityRead Stations at Gayton Library, Harrow Tuesday 30th April 2013

Cherry Potts on panel for CityRead discussion at Ealing Library Saturday 27th April 2013

Cityread Stations at Forest Hill Library Thursday 18th April 2013

Stations readings at MVMNT cafe Greenwich Wednesday 20th March 2013

Booked history-Herstory Sunday 17th March 2013

Arachne Press at Branching Out LSE Space for Thought Literature Festival 2nd March 2013 part 1,  part 2 , part 3 , part 4

Lovers’ Lies at Wood Green Central Library 28th February 2013

Lovers’ Lies Meet the Authors Daunt Bookshop Hampstead 18th February 2013

LGBT History Month Event at Deptford Lounge 11th February 2013

LGBT History Month Event at Ealing Library 7th February 2013

Lovers’ Lies at Clapham Books 6th February 2013

Friern Barnet Library Free-for-All Tuesday 29th January 2013

Lovers’ Lies Launch at Keats House 27th January 2013

Stations Whitechapel Reading at Whitechapel Ideas Store 17th January 2013

Stations Norwood Reading at South Norwood Library 12th January 2013

Stations Crystal Palace reading at Bookseller Crow on the Hill 10th January 2013

Stations Shoreditch Reading at Brick Lane bookshop 6th December 2012

Stations OFFICIAL LAUNCH Brunel Museum 2nd December 2012

Stations Reading at Deptford Lounge 29th November 2012

Stations Forest Hill Reading at Canvas & Cream 28th November 2012

London Lies reading at Waterstones, Oxford Street, 22nd November 2012

Stations reading at Clapham Books 21st November 2012

London Lies Reading Kilburn Library 27th September 2012

London Lies Reading Clapham Books 20th September 2012

London Lies Reading MVMNT Cafe 12th September 2012

London Lies Launch London Review Bookshop 5th September 2012

Cherry Potts reading at MVMNT Cafe 29th August 2012