Poems in the Time & Tide Anthology

Solstice Shorts has been going since 2014, and has always been about short stories – sometimes flash (Shortest Day, Noon) sometimes longer, and quickly took up with poetry too – partly because poets were complaining that they wanted to play.

We are still crowd funding – a few days and few hundred pounds to go so I’ve been thinking about how to give you a flavour of the book without revealing too much, and thinking about those poetry books that index by first lines, because they are sometimes more memorable than the title. So I thought I’d have a stab at that. (If it grabs you, you can contribute to the crowdfund here – you have til Halloween!)

Starting with the poets!

Alison Lock, Sisterhood Of The Seas: We meet under the spire of St Nicolas’s church/where the waterfront used to be.
Angel Warwick, We Dig The Pig: In the hull of a silt-clad/ oyster smack, we dig the pig
Carl Alexandersson, Tulpaner Och Liljekonvaljer: The tulips made me think of you
Christine Ritchie, Clearance: Edging the darkness of the land, a gleam of grey
Claire Booker, Fisherman’s Daughter:My Dad was an artist with a needle – and How Women Came to Tristan da Cunha: Too late for second chances,/ they catch the island humpbacked on the sea line.
Elinor Brooks, Woman from North India on Bostadh Beach:
Elizabeth Parker, Overlord With Declan: At Arromanches, the Channel clouts concrete caissons,/ gaps the line of Mulberry B and The Watchers: Crosby Beach yearns,/ desiring feet, paws; hungriest sand/ churning slithers of light.
Emma Lee, Casting A Daughter A Drift: The earth tilts again and I stop. And When You Regret Wishing For Something Thrilling: “Should be frightened, I should be frightened.”
Holly Blades, Delivery: Labour was like this:
Ian Macartney, Mother Fish: and Ovčice, Croatia: On this slim torso of a beautiful man/ called Earth we slip palms/ under beaches of coin,
Ivonne Piper, No Tearaways: Son of a Greek/ disobeyed his father
Jane Aldous, In The Shadows, On The Shore, Leith: Why do they always arrive/ at such awkward times,
Jenny Mitchell, Church Mary Sounds The Sea, Bend close. I’ll say this once, tired from the weight of words.
JN Nucifera, City Of Water: I have always sailed on easterly winds
John Richardson, False Light: All is night fog.
Joy Howard, When Will We See The Sea: Feeling we know you/ we rush to your side
Julie Laing, Modality: Overarching wind/ drops
Kate Foley, Verticals: Knobbly concrete crustaceans,
Laura Potts, First Light: It is somewhere in a sometime/ that a long late light
Lynn White, Paddling: No one swam in the seas round Britain/ when I was a child.
Mandy Macdonald, Frocks Of Passage: Papyrus-white/ baby smocks of smooth Egyptian cotton,  and Half A Dozen Oranges: ‘Hexi portokali, parakaló’,/ I was taught to say
Math Jones, The nth Wave, There’s an old man who sits on a rock by the shore/ Says he’s counting the waves coming in.
Melissa Davies, Bird Wife: Otter belly brushes snow/ filling wood gaps/ with warm otter smell. Halibut:Fifty-six halibut tails. Lookout Men:Her father’s father was a lookout man on Løksøya, Seaweed: So black against the snow/ I can taste the summer tang. Værøy: It’s the weight of the mountain/ forcing them to stay on the edge
Michelle Penn, The Sinking Of Mrs Margaret Brown: Silk elbow gloves.
Ness Owen, Sea Lessons: She tells you everyone/ born by sea is brave.
Nick Westerman, Napoleon: stares at his captor the sea, calm to the horizon, belying/ its enormity
Olivia Dawson Points of Interest: Every morning I open my front door and step out into a stuccoed world.
Susan Cartwright-Smith, Open Water We are all shapes and sizes.
Reshma Ruia, Crossing the Black Water: My son he crossed the black water
Sarah Tait, Bosun’s Locker: Lots of things would be better, I think,/ than being slapped round the chops/ with a wet fish, and Hawser: rope-caught/ snake-chained/ heave-stretch/ twist-fight
Savanna Evans, On A Day Like This: She pressed every fingertip on her/ last child’s shoulder,
Simon Whitfield, A Conjuring Poem: By primal life, dividing in the deep
Thomas Tyrrell, Of Grainne Mhaol: To weave by hearth-fires she disdains,
Valerie Bence, Arrival: It starts by not sailing on a Thursday or Friday
Vivien Jones, I Nearly Drownded, Daddy As a child, one of three, play-swimming

Let Out the Djinn launch videos 1

Videos from the launch of Let Out the Djinn, debut poetry collection by Jane Aldous, at Lighthouse Radical bookshop, Edinburgh, with readings from Jane herself, and friends Lindy Barbour and Simon Maclaren

part 1: Family and identity

Simon Maclaren reads Dave Off in Five – inspired by Jane’s Dad’s war time diary.

Jane reads Let Out the Djinn, the title poem – the title came first!

Jane reads With Meme at Mellon Urdigle Beach

Lindy Barbour reads Death Waiting

Jane reads In the New Leaf Co-op

 

more tomorrow…

Halloween/Samhain

You all know we don’t do horror at Arachne.

The closest we’ve got is Math JonesThe Knotsman, which has quite a bit of distressing material in it, but does it from a position of compassion – ‘this is awful’, rather than ‘oooh, isn’t this awful‘.

So if you fancy something to get the ice running down your back, Math’s your man.

It would please Math mightily if you were to celebrate Samhain with his book seeing as he is a pagan.

you can buy a copy here… and if you buy it BEFORE halloween the postage is still free. we are going to have to start charging UK customers after that.

If however, your tastes run to the more traditional halloween fair, there’s a live lit gig, Frightful Yarns, at Honor Oak pub, St Germains Road SE23 on the very night, at 7.30, raising money for our local festival, Brockley Max. Arachne authors Cherry Potts and Neil Lawrence are among the readers, with dark tales of revenge and paranoia. tickets £5

Sea Shanty Workshop

We are running a sea shanty workshop with London Sea Shanty Collective on Saturday 23rd November as part of our fundraising for Time and Tide. We already have just enough people signed up to break even, so every person who joins us from now on is grist to the funding mill.

SEA SHANTY WORKSHOP Spend the afternoon learning approx 5 Sea Shanties in 3 or 4 part harmony in SE London

Spend the afternoon learning approx 5 Sea Shanties in 3 or 4 part harmony in celebration of this year’s Solstice Shorts Festival, Time and Tide.

The workshop will be run by a small group of London Sea Shanty Collective members, led by Chip Wilson.

SATURDAY 23rd November 2019 12:45- 17:15

ST HILDA’S CHURCH HALL, COURTRAI ROAD SE23 1NL

Find out about London Sea Shanty Collective here

Bus routes 122, P4, 171, 172 stop on the corner. Train to Crofton Park or Honor Oak Park 10 minute walk.

Street parking immediately outside. Wheelchair accessible venue – WC is a bit tight on space so might not suit someone using a large chair.

INCLUDES REFRESHMENTS all dietary issues catered for.

Advanced booking required

 

You can buy tickets here, or buy them through our crowdfund before 31st October (no difference in price unless you want to donate more) but if you go through the crowdfund, it will help it hit its all-or-nothing target!

Heave away, haul away…we’re bound for (Greenwich, Maryport, Hastings, Holyhead, Peterport, Clydebank and Lisbon!)

Writers’ crowdfund reward for Time and Tide

Crowdfund countdown: 6 days to go…

We know that a lot of the people who read our blog, follow our tweets, sign up to our newsletter or turn up to our events are writers – they may be published by us, or by someone else or they may not be published yet, but they are writers.

This one’s for you.

Get a critique of your fiction: up to 2000 words critiqued by Cherry Potts: author, editor, creative writing tutor and founder of Solstice Shorts Festival. (by email only) for £30 – if you want a longer piece critiqued, pay more! but £30 per 2000 words. Cherry doesn’t pull her punches, you’ll get an honest opinion. Some would say that’s worth rubis and gold dubloons and pearls and… wait a minute, who let that pirate in here?

(Picture above is from our advice-for-writers handmade-book, Allow Your Pen to Lead the Way, we’ve sold out of this on the crowd fund but you get the idea.)

If you would like to support our crowdfund and get your work critiqued, have a riffle through the crowdfunding site!

City Writes 2019

On Wednesday 11th December at 6.30, you are invited to City Writes Autumn 2019, at City125 Suite, 26-38 Whiskin Street EC1R 0JD (access via Rhind Building on St John’s Street)

Arachne Press editors Cherry Potts and Rosamund Davies will be reading alongside other Story Cities authors, Evleen Towey, Jayne Buxton and Máire Owens and there will be readings from the winners of this term’s flash writing contest Harriet Atkinson, Kathrine Bancroft, Helen Ferguson, Bren Gosling, Shabnam Grewal, Andrea Holck, Revati Kumar, Shibani Lal, Natasha Mirzoian and Angus Whitty.

TICKETS £10 in advance only

 

Time and Tide anthology crowdfund reward

Crowdfund countdown: 7 days to go!

The official launch of the Time and Tide Anthology is 21st March, but we are producing a special LIMITED edition for the festival, for the authors and for the crowdfund! At the moment it looks like there will be 250 copies, but it depends how many people choose it as their reward for supporting the crowdfund.

For those of you who like their reading electronic, an ebook will also be available, but this will be the standard edition of the book.

20 short stories and 46 poems with bonuses not included in the official version, this special edition wil not be available through bookshops.

If you would like to support our crowdfund and get a special editon, or an ebook, have a riffle through the crowdfunding site!

‘Haul away’ a crowdfund reward for Time and Tide, me hearties

Crowdfund countdown: 8 days to go…

We are running a sea shanty workshop with London Sea Shanty Collective on Saturday 23rd November as part of our fundraising for Time and Tide. We already have just enough people signed up to break even, so every person who joins us from now on is grist to the funding mill.

You can buy tickets here, or buy them through the crowdfund (no difference in price unless you want to donate more) but if you go through the crowdfund, it will help it hit its all-or-nothing target!

Heave away, haul away…we’re bound for (Greenwich, Maryport, Hastings, Holyhead, Peterport, Clydebank and Lisbon!)

crowd fund rewards for Time and Tide – books

Crowdfund countdown: 9 days to go…

AND SOME NEWS: Kickstarter have given us one of their ‘projects we love’ badges. Isn’t that lovely!

Now then, back to business. Books. Of Course. But not just any books – these are Solstice books – obsessed with time, the turning of the earth, and the changing of the seasons. Stories and poems for the dark time of year.

Support our crowdfund for this year’s Solstice Shorts Festival, Time and Tide  by buying one of the previous anthologies:

2014 – Solstice Shorts: Sixteen stories about TIME

2015/16 – Shortest Day, Longest Night

2017 Dusk

2018 Noon

If you would like to support our crowdfund and get one of these lovely books, have a riffle through the crowdfunding site!

 

Crowdfund rewards- time and tide tickets

Crowdfund countdown: 10 days to go…

Ticketing an event that happens in four countries, seven towns and at different times of day and length of event, in a wild variety of venues… is quite a challenge. So we have decided to make all audience contributions voluntary, with a suggested £3 guide price. This won’t cover the costs, but it will help, and leave people enough cash to buy a book or three.

As part of the crowdfund you can buy yourself a ticket, or buy one for a stranger.

We have a straightforward £3 ticket for you, a pay it forward £3 ticket for a stranger, or a £6 supporter ticket which buys you a ticket, and buys a ticket for a stranger. When we get that far, we’ll ask you which venue your ticket is for.

If you would like to support our crowdfund and get a ticket for the event, for you, and/or for a stranger, have a riffle through the crowdfunding site!