BBC Radio 4 Opening Lines Long List

Congratulations to Arachne authors, Alan McCormick, Alwyn Marriage and Judi Sutherland for making the Long List for Radio 4’s Opening Lines, an annual series for writers new to radio. Fingers crossed for the shortlist!

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)

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!

Clapham Books: Arachne Authors Read from London Lies

Clapham Books Window display

We had a very respectable crowd for Clapham Books (a lovely bookshop) last Thursday – not sure how much this was down to the draw of Katy Darby’s promised cakes, which were delicious! A few clips of the readings below, plus some photos.

Alan McCormick The Runner clip

Cherry Potts Leaving clip

Joan Taylor-Rowan Renewal clip

Katy Darby Keep Calm and Carry On clip

Joan Taylor-Rowan reading Renewal, from London Lies

MVMNT Cafe Readings 13th September 2012

Our local mini launch.

Katy Darby, (also celebrating the publication of The Unpierced Heart in paperback) Liam Hogan, Rosalind Stopps and Alan McCormick read their own work this time, and we almost finished before it started raining! Video below.

Our next event is in Clapham on 20th

Another MVMNT Cafe Reading


The enthusiastic folk at MVMNT have offered to host a London Lies spectacular Wednesday 12th September. 7pm
Waller Way, SE10 8JA right by Greenwich DLR (NOT Cutty Sark).

Writers reading onthe night:
Katy Darby
Alan McCormick
Rosalind Stopps
Liam Hogan

Copies of the book will be available to purchase.

MVMNT is unlicenced but you can bring your own for a corkage of £3… We suggest something fizzy would be appropriate!

Access by car from Lewisham direction is a bit tricky during the Paralympics as Greenwich High Street is temporarily One Way from a bit before the corner of Norman Road (not shown on the TfL info),and there are lots of parking restrictions, so consider public transport.