The second section of the festival, in pre-recorded video. The live versions will be available later in the week.
The first hour of the festival, in pre-recorded video. The live versions will be available later in the week.
One of my favourite moments in the publishing process, arrival of the first batch of books.
These will be going out to the author, Rob Walton, reviewers, and people who place pre-orders with us. You can do that in our webshop. If you want to buy it elsewhere you’ll have to wait until the end of March.
We first spotted Rob’s lockdown poems on his social media, because we follow him as we publishing several of his stories, and a couple of poems, in earlier anthologies.
After reading the first few aloud to my wife, I thought, this has to be dealt with, and enquired over the number of extant poems and how the creative splurge was going, and made an offer. A doesn’t remember all our author’s names, so when I told her we were going to do the book and she said who? my response was ‘What did you do on your first day back , darling? /Lick Yusuf. (1st June) and she knew immediately.
Then Rob went quiet on me, and on social media, and a tentative email revealed a covid related bereavement, shielding and a blaze of more poetry.
The light-hearted, funny and furiously angry observations of how life is lived in the Covid world remain, alongside the personal grief at how lives are also lost.
This book is dedicated to Rob’s dad, Frank Walton, 1933-2020
This is probably the last review we will get from Blue Nib, as it is closing – due to an unsustainable funding gap.
I don’t know whether it’s yet another unforseen outcome of C-19, but a number of poetry and other literary magazines are on hiatus or have folded since I last checked for people to send books to for review.
As well as Blue Nib; Arete, Compass, Iota, and Antiphon have the shutters down on their website or have disappeared completely.
Many magazines, like small publishers, rely on volunteers to survive at all. I’m as at fault as the next person, I can’t afford the subcription (or the time) to read more than a couple of magazines, and yet we rely on them to spread the word about our books, and as discoverors and nursery grounds for writers who aren’t ready to offer a collection.
So maybe now is the time for an extra resolution for this year – to read a literary magazine, and support the work done by its editors, writers and reviewers.
In the meantime, a big thank you to prodigeous reviewer Emma Lee, for her review of Tymes goe by Turnes on Blue Nib.
‘Tymes Goe By Turnes’ is a timely anthology. Some pieces could be interpreted as being about the current pandemic, but all have a sense of timelessness. A sense that they could be picked up in several centuries in the future and, although the language would look archaic, they would still be understood.
The final section of the festival, in pre-recorded video. The live versions will be available later in the week.
The third section of the festival, in pre-recorded video. The live versions will be available later in the week.
If you or the person you are buying for are in SE4 or SE23 we will hand deliver you book with a message optional gift wrap up to Christmas eve. Just not on Monday, as I will be fretting over the festival then.
Support your local publisher!
As the news turns even bleaker this evening, a little bit of frivolity dor the not very festive season: A video about cake.
You are welcome.
You are also welcome to come to the festival, Monday 21st December, 8pm GMT.
Arachne Press is hoping to publish an anthology of fiction and poetry from UK resident writers of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic heritage. We are aiming for publication in Autumn 2021. We will pay royalties. Once published in an Arachne anthology you may be invited to submit a collection/novel.
Laila Sumpton [recently the Keats House poet in residence who has edited poetry anthologies for the University of London, the Royal Free Hospital and Ministry of Stories] will be our poetry editor, and Sandra A. Agard [Professional storyteller, poet, short story writer, playwright, cultural historian, literary consultant, resident writer/reader and creative writing facilitator for over forty years] will be our fiction editor.
We have an application for funding in with ACE, so at the moment all we want is an expression of interest – via submittable: https://arachnepress.submittable.com/submit your name and contact details, and any writing credits, whether you are a poet or fiction writer (or both!) and if you want, your idea for what you will write.
We have an overarching theme for all our anthologies for the next 12-18 months of ‘maps and mapping’. You do not need to take this in any way literally – ‘the map is not the territory.’
Submissions of work will be accepted from February 2021 once we know we have the funding. Please don’t send anything now, we just want a list of exciting authors and poets lined up to work with when we are ready.
Deadline for expressions of interest Jan 15th 2021.