Stations reviewed by Sabotage

Well this is exciting. After the brilliant review from Sabotage earlier this week for Lovers’ Lies, we have a review for Stations as well.

Highlights:

Carol[ine] Hardman’s ‘Bloody Marys and a bowl of Pho’ (Hoxton) is a modern-day, urban take on the vampire narratives so current at the moment. It is well-written and funny. ‘Platform Zero’ (Haggerston) by Michael Zimmer [Trimmer] also offers a quirky version of another, familiar theme – that of the parallel universe. ‘The Beetle’ by Ellie Stewart (Wapping) is also well-paced and moving in its portrayal of a broken relationship. Peter Morgan’s ‘Mr Forest Hill Station’ (Forest Hill) also stands out due to its tender depiction of the bond between strangers, meeting occasionally in the big city.

 

A common theme the stories share is the sense of locale; all stories give a real sense of London’s enclaves, those small areas threaded together by transport links. In some stories the topography is described in minute detail: ‘ ‘Left out of the station entrance,’ she had said, ‘not far until a sort-of-small-road-kind-of-more-like-an-alley which you need to go down all the way, then through the gap-between-the-shops to cross the big street, then to the right for a bit until you get to a shop with a kind-of-old-fashioned-green-sign and some little writing in the window […].’ (‘Three Things to Do in Surrey Quays’, Adrian Gantlope). It is enlightening to the non-London resident to think of London in such small terms, as described above.

Many stories also focus upon the fragility and fleetingness of relationships. For example, Rob Walton describes an odd kind of love affair in ‘Yellow Tulips’ (New Cross Gate), between the narrator, and John and Alex. The affair itself seems unsatisfactory and temporary, based on hurried meetings. Walton is effective at capturing the instability of the relationship: ‘It is possible to live in a city, a town, a village, an area of a city for a short time and make new friends, close friends, have altogether deeper relationships. Without the shared past or common references you can dive into the here and now, establish a new sort of relationship, one you haven’t tried before. Do all the things you didn’t do in the other places you lived. Then move on and become a new you, or be one of the other yous [sic] in another new place.’

Thank you Sabotage!

Arachne Authors talk about the writers who influence and inspire them

Stations and London Lies and Lovers’ Lies contributors tell us about the writers they admire

Andrew Blackman, Bartle Sawbridge, Rosalind Stopps, Adrian Gantlope, Joan Taylor-Rowan:

Paula Read, Caroline Hardman, Anna Fodorova, Cherry Potts

© Arachne Press 2013

Crystal Palace Special

The joy of local authors is they really know their scenery. We decided to take advantage of this and have a reading that celebrated all things Crystal Palace, hosted by the magnificent Bookseller Crow on the Hill. So here are videos of the Crystal Palace stories, as they hit the park.

Jacqueline Downs: She Didn’t Believe in Ghosts (Crystal Palace).

Adrian Gantlope’s Penge Tigers (Penge. Read by Cherry Potts)

Joan Taylor-Rowan: Birdland (Anerley)

Alan McCormick‘s The Runner (from London Lies. Read by Ray Newe)

and to welcome him back from the other side of the Atlantic,

Andrew Blackman: The Actress (Sydenham)

Arachne Press Authors talk about what they did before they met us

Of course we’d like to think the most significant relationship our authors have is with us as their publisher, but they do have histories…

find out what they got up to – in their writing,

Crystal Palace Special

Crystal Palace Park looms large in the minds of Arachne writers – for Stations, not only Jacqueline Downs‘ Crystal Palace dreadfest She Didn’t Believe in Ghosts, but Joan Taylor-Rowan‘s touching tale of the birds and bees Birdland (set in Anerley), and Adrian Gantlope‘s horrific Penge Tigers feature the park. But what’s this! The park also gets a starring role in Alan McCormick‘s alcohol soaked tale of office christmas parties and running, The Runner.

We will also be joined by Andrew Blackman who will be reading his Sydenham based tale, Actress.

Adrian is in the process of moving up north so Cherry Potts will read his story for him.

Join us for a view from (and of) the hill with a combined Stations and London Lies reading at Bookseller Crow On the Hill, Westow Street, Crystal Palace SE19 3AF.

Thursday 10th January 2013 7pm. Free!

Deptford Lounge Stations reading – box office now open

Book your FREE ticket for the local launch of Stations. 29th November, Deptford Lounge Giffin Street SE8 (Please note, booking online seems to be a bit tiresome. Strongly recommend use of the phone! 020 8692 4446)

An evening of short sharp bursts of fiction.
Loads of local authors – lots of excerpts from local stories.

Think of it as a metaphorical 100 metre relay as we sprint down the Overground line dropping in on Stations as we go.

And the Prize? You get to buy a copy of the book, and we get to meet you – what more could we ask?

This event is free but you DO need to book!

Representing North of the river:

Katy Darby (Shoreditch High Street)
Bartle Sawbridge (Shadwell)
Adrian Gantlope (Surrey Quays)
Ellie Stewart (Wapping)

And South:

David Bausor (New Cross)
Rosalind Stopps (Brockley)
Paula Read (Honor Oak)
Joan Taylor-Rowan (Anerley)

Stations Writers talk about inspiration for their stories

Stations Reading at Deptford Lounge

Stations Cover. Image copyright Gail Brodholt

Our second reading for Stations, in honour of New Cross, will be at the Library at Deptford Lounge, a short walk from New Cross Station.

Library
9 Deptford Lounge,
Giffin Street
SE8 4RW

Thursday 29th November 2012 7-8.30pm

(Although free, you need to book via the Albany 020 8692 4446)

As this is on actual publication day it is in effect our Local Launch so we are aiming at quite a few writers, all reading shorter snippets, so the line up is:

David Bausor (New Cross)
Rosalind Stopps (Brockley)
Paula Read (Honor Oak)
Joan Taylor-Rowan (Anerley)
Adrian Gantlope (Surrey Quays) Getting Adrian to speak in public is a major event, you won’t want to miss it!

Ellie Stewart (Wapping)
Bartle Sawbridge (Shadwell)
Katy Darby (Shoreditch High Street)

Join us for a whirlwind tour of the Overground by way of a foreign student’s first taste of South London, a brief encounter at Brockley, homelessness and homebaking, a lesson the birds and bees, transience by the Thames, failing to learn from beetles and film makers in East London.