Interview with Ghillian Potts author of Brat and launch info

A brief conversation with Ghillian Potts about the writing of Brat

Brat is a novel for older children and younger young adults, the first in a fantasy trilogy about Brook, who is 12 at the start of the series. The Trilogy is called The Naming of Brook Storyteller, because Brook, as a storyteller has the power of naming – she can raise or destroy people by the names she gives them, and she earns, and loses, names herself, starting out as Brat, before becoming Spellbinder (book two out in December 2017) and finally Wolftalker (book three out in June 2018)

We are launching Brat with a very informal launch reading at Eltham Centre Library, Archery Road, Eltham SE9 1HA on 7th June at 1.30. The reading will be performed by Carrie Cohen.

We currently have one other reading for Brat arranged (together with Ghillian’s other book, The Old Woman From Friuli.)

Osterley Library, St Mary’s Crescent, TW7 4NB on 22nd July 2017 at 2.30pm. Once again, Carrie Cohen will be reading.

Bookshops, libraries, schools, if you’d like us to visit and read to you, get in touch.

 

Arachne Press does Brockley Max

Brockley Max is coming – and we are getting involved.

 

 

 

2nd June 7pm at the Talbot Pub in Brockley SE4 1QG, Arachne authors Bartle Sawbridge, Rosalind Stopps (we hope) and Cherry Potts join other writers from WooA (Writers of Our Age) for Urban Myths. (the link says 7-7.30 that means 7 for 7.30, we aim to be there at least 2 hours.

You can join in with 100 words of your own urban myth, and get stuck in with the epic writing relay, which is definitely best experienced slightly sozzled.

 

On Sunday 4th June at 3.30, we join Vocal Chords Choir (who have supported Solstice Shorts Festival a couple of times) at their Songs of Protest gig at St Hilda’s Church SE23 1NL when actors Silas Hawkins and Carrie Cohen will read some of the poems from Liberty Tales to complement the songs.

Our final drop-in session is at Art In The Park Story-telling tent on Hilly Fields, on Saturday 10th June at 2.30, when Arachne stalwart Katy Darby will be reading our forthcoming younger children’s book, The Old Woman From Friuli by Ghillian Potts which is in the shops 6th June – you can buy direct from us NOW post free.

The Story Sessions Fantastical Tales Video part 3

Final section of the videos from The Story Sessions on Wednesday, and the Liam Hogan Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed set which had a decidedly immortal theme to it:

Time the Devourer, read by Annalie Wilson

Internet Dating for Immortals, read by Liam

and

the final take on Bad Day, with a little music from Annalie to top and tail it.

These are the final posts, from the final Story Session of the season.

We’ve made the decision to retire the Story Sessions as a regular thing – and it will only stick its nose out into the light (and inevitable rain – have we EVER done a session when it didn’t rain?) as part of festivals and if asked for – it is regretably too much work for far too little return even when part-funded by those nice people at the Arts Council (Thank you ACE, really). There are other things to get busy with. So Festival organisers – if you ask us, we will put together more sessions, but if you don’t, this is your lot!

 

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Thanks to The Brockley Deli for hosting this season.

 

The Story Sessions Fantastical Tales Videos part 2

Math Jones show case today.

Math contributed a long narrative poem to our anthology The Other Side of Sleep, and has been an enthusiastic Story-sessioneer this season. His final contribution is a four-part skim of the 50 pieces that make his Knotsman Sequence.

The Story Sessions Fantastical Stories Videos part one

There is something about The Story Sessions, and Brockley, that makes it rain, and it came down stair rods last night. Actors and authors arrived dripping. But that didn’t stop us having some fun. I’m going to post the videos in three segments, starting with three videos from a disparate group of writers:

The Cretan Labyrinth Series Three by Becky Pinder read by Annalie Wilson (Annalie started before I got the video turned on, but the audio recorder was running so I’ve recovered the beginning, just be patient with the lack of picture!)

In Those Days They Used Lined Paper by Donald Hiscock

and

More Bread by Sally Connors read by Annalie Wilson

Tomorrow I will post Math Jones’ Knotsman sequence, and on Saturday, the final outing from Liam Hogan, Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed tour.

 

 

Happy Tour Ending…

The final full reading from Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed was at West Greenwich Library on 4th May.  Here are the videos of Liam Hogan reading in company with Lisa Rose.

 

Your final chance to catch Liam reading is at The Story Sessions on 17th May in Brockley.

 

Last Chance to see Outcome in Sheffield

Sheffield! your last chance to see Outcome exhibition is today. Friday 12th May 2017

Here are some snippets from the launch to inspire you to get down to Sheffield Hallam’s Cantor building, and if you are LGBT yourself, bring a childhood photo and Tom Dingley will take your picture to add to the growing archive of fabulous people for inclusion in future exhibitions. Studio slots available until 6pm.

The Story Sessions: Fantastical Tales announced

The final Story Sessions of the season approaches – 17th May at The Brockley Deli 14a Brockley Cross, SE4 1BE

We have stories from Liam Hogan headlining, with two different takes on the incredibly long-lived: Internet Dating for Immortals, and Time the Devourer which will be read by resident actor and musician, Annalie Wilson.

Supporting Liam we have Math Jones reading part (possibly all? Still to discuss) of his exquisite Knotsman sequence.

and Donald Hiscock, who is coming up from Portsmouth to read In Those Days They Used Lined Paper 

Sally Connors (More Bread) and Becky Pinder (Cretan Labyrinth Series 3) will also be read Annalie.

We will, as usual, have music from Annalie, and of course, we have our Flash from the Floor – you join in with your own fantastical tale, in 100 words or less! No dragon stories yet, so something on those lines would be popular (with me!).

 

Outcome in Sheffield – links and photos

We had a fabulous evening in Sheffield, and got some great coverage on BBC Sheffield Radio and elsewhere…

Video on Radio Sheffield’s Facebook page

Listen again to feature on Paulette Edwards Show at 1hr 39min (available until the end of May 2017)

Sheffield News item

Big thank you to Nelly Naylor for permission to use her photos. There will be video as soon as I’ve sorted it out.

If you are sufficiently local to Sheffield, you can be part of the project by coming along on 12th May and Having your portrait taken by Tom Dingley.

And thank you for your help and enthusiasm, John Leach, Tim Machin, Trish Elwis, Val Reagan, Sally & Kythe and the rest of Out Aloud for making Tom so welcome.

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Today – Outcome in Sheffield and on the radio

Join us in Sheffield at  Sheffield Hallam University/Sheffield Institute of Arts where Signal, Sheffield Hallam’s LGBT Staff forum are hosting OUTCOME for just under a fortnight.

 

 

 

 

 

The Atrium
Cantor Building
Sheffield Hallam University
153 Arundel Street
Sheffield
S1 2NU

Tom put the exhibition up yesterday, and the official launch is today at 6.30.  We have readings from Lesbian Poets Kate Foley (who is in Outcome) and Joy Howard, and songs from Sheffield’s own brilliant LGBT choir, Out Aloud.

Kate Foley as seen in Outcome

Tom will be on BBC Radio Sheffield today sometime between 11-12

We finish up with a studio day on the 12th May, when Tom will take photos of people who want to join the portfolio of fabulous LGBT people already featured in the project, and be part of the exhibition on it’s next outing. If you want to book a slot contact Tom @OutcomeLGBT tom_dingley@hotmail.co.uk.