Signed Arachne Books for our DUSK Crowd Fund

 

For the collectors amongst you – SIGNED books. limited numbers available, in some cases only ONE. Support our crowd fund for Dusk, the next Solstice Shorts Festival.

 

Pledge £10 or more for a Signed copy of The Old Woman from Friuli

copy of our children’s illustrated folk tale (illustrated by Ed Boxall) signed by the author, Ghillian Potts

 

 

 

 

Pledge £15 or more Signed copy of Devilskein & Dearlove

Young Adult fantasy novel Devilskein & Dearlove, (Nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2015) with book-plate SIGNED by Alex Smith.
Sorry, We can’t ship to South Africa as D&D is published by someone else there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pledge £15 or more for a SIGNED copy of Liberty Tales or Shortest Day, Longest Night, (you choose!) signed by as many of the authors as we’ve managed to catch up with, (there are only a couple of these left)

 

 

or a copy of Brat our new YA novel by Ghillian Potts, signed by the author.

 

 

 

 

Pledge £17 or more a Signed copy of an Epic Fantasy Novel

Signed Copy of Cherry Potts’ mammoth fantasy epic, The Dowry Blade. UK only, it’s a big book!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pledge £30 or more for a Signed copy of OUTCOME

Our spectacular full colour photographic portraits by Tom Dingley, signed by him and as many of the subjects as we’ve happened to bump into. There is only ONE of these available.

 

last posting day for Christmas delivery… or is it?

Thinking you’ve left it too late to send an Arachne book to a loved one, or to get it delivered to you in time to wrap it up?

Not necessarily.

All our books post as large letters, so we can get it them the post TODAY or Monday and it should in theory arrive in time. And if you live sufficiently local to us, we’ll hand deliver – provided your letter box will take an A5 envelope. (SE3, SE4, SE6, SE9, SE10, SE13, SE14, SE23, SE26)

Or you can come along to Solstice Shorts on Monday and pick up an armful!

Highly recommended Christmas reads available from our shop:

Seasonal…

Arachne Press Solstice Shorts full COVER

 

For younger readers (9+) (Signed copies available)

Devilskein full cover print

 

 

 

 

 

poetry (Signed copies available)

dont touch garden Full cover final PRINT FILE

Signed books for crowdfunding Longest Night

Want something a little bit special for a Christmas present?

What about a book signed by the author?

we have 7 remaining signed copies of The Don’t Touch Garden by Kate Foley

dont touch garden signed

20 Devilskein & Dearlove (signed book-plate, Alex Smith is in South Africa!)

Devilskein signed

 

 

 

 

 

 

20 Mosaic of Airmosaic signed

Order your copies here, and help make Longest Night happen.

Brockley Max Feast Tales the videos

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Video from our feast of food stories at the Brockley Deli as part of Brockley Max festival.

You may notice something about these videos, you may not… see below*

Snippets from the longer works, and the complete poems. Mostly the readers are the wonderful Gloria Sanders and Peter Noble, but the equally marvellous Joan Taylor-Rowan read her own story.

Peter reading from Devilskein & Dearlove by Alex Smith

Joan reading from Feeding Time

Gloria & Peter reading from Monsieur Fromage (Lovers’ Lies) by Rosalind Stopps (the full video is available on Youtube

Peter & Gloria reading from Christmas, Presents by Jason Jackson

Peter reading April is the Cruellest Month by Rob Walton

Gloria reading Laureate by Jennifer A McGowan

*A new experience for me, matching sound files to video – the aircon (or something) at the Brockley Deli interfered with the sound on the video so I had to use the recordings from my audio machine. Something of a challenge getting them in sync!

Arachne Feast & Festival at BrockleyMAX

Story Sessions logo copyThe Story Sessions are back – for a guest spot, maybe for good, depending… We are doing three events for BrockleyMAX. The first two are both on Saturday 30th May The Ladywell Gallery, (what used to be Misty Moon) behind The Ladywell Tavern 80 Ladywell Road SE13 7HS

Writing Workshop – Festival

5pm – 7pm Free; accompanied children over 10 welcome
Arachne Press presents a writing workshop on the theme of Festival. Get inspiration from the exhibition of photographs from previous BrockleyMAX festivals and write a new short story or poem, with the option to read it at The Story Sessions event in the evening.
 run by Cherry Potts
Story Sessions: Festival Tales
7.30pm – 9.30pm Free; accompanied children welcome
A live literature event with stories from Joan Taylor-Rowan and David Bausor, poems from Elinor Brooks (read by actor Miriam Lee) and Jennifer A McGowan on a festival theme. Circuses, Street parties and more. Join in with Flash from the Floor – your chance to read your own festival piece (max 100 words).
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And finally, on Thursday 4th June at Brockley Deli 14a Brockley Cross, SE4 1BE
The Story Sessions: Feast Tales
8pm – 9pm Free entry; accompanied children 10+ welcome
A free live literature event all about food Stories from Rosalind Stopps, Joan Taylor-Rowan and Jason Jackson, Poems from Jennifer A McGowan and Rob Walton, plus an extract from Devilskein & Dearlove,our Carnegie Nominated young adult novel by Alex Smith – mostly read by our actor friends Peter Noble & Gloria Sanders.
Join us for a story set in a cheese shop, Cranberry Sauce as an excuse for an illicit meeting, trying to win friends with cookies and taking tea with a demon, plus poems about oranges and bay leaves! Order appropriate food to ‘taste-along’.

Q&A with Alex Smith

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Author Alex Smith in South Africa answers questions about Devilskein & Dearlove collected at readings in the UK

Devilskein & Dearlove Lewisham reading with Peter Noble

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The last of the readings before we hear whether we’ve been long-listed for the Carnegie Medal (announcement will be on Tuesday)…

Cape Town born Peter Noble takes up the Devilskein challenge, at Lewisham Library. Peter it turns out went (we think!) to the high school Erin is forced to attend, a little later into the book than this extract.

Devilskein and Dearlove readings at Brentwood and Newham- reporting back!

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Press coverage of the reading at Brentwood Theatre (with slightly exaggerated audience number in the headline!!) Thanks to Chicken & Frog for organising!

Recording from an early section of the reading by Greg Page at Brentwood Theatre

Video snippet of Greg Page reading at The Gate Library, Forest Gate.

Arachne Press is doing another actor reading of our CARNEGIE MEDAL NOMINATED Young Adult novel, Devilskein & Dearlove this coming Thursday 5th Feb 7.45 for 8 til 9.30 at Lewisham Library 199-201 Lewisham High Street SE13 6LG.
It’s an intoxicating mix of gardens and demons, doors within doors, tragedy and hope. Great for anyone from age 9 to 900, and especially anyone who loves fantasy.
Join publisher Cherry Potts of Arachne Press and actor Peter Noble for the reading with video Q&A from the author Alex Smith, showing of the animated trailer and live Q&A from the publisher.
We will find out if we are LONGLISTED for the Carnegie Medal a couple of days later…

Free but booking advisable at EventBrite (this is purely to control numbers, don’t be put off coming by the need to get a ticket!)

February Events: Devilskein & Dearlove at Lewisham Library

Join us at Lewisham Library
199 201 Lewisham High Street
SE13 6LG

on Thursday 5 February from 20:00 to 21:30

Come and hear actor Peter Noble read from Alex Smith’s Carnegie Prize nominated tale of Erin Dearlove. From living grumpily with her bohemian Aunt Kate, Erin’s life changes when she goes to tea with Mr Devilskein, the demon who lives on the top floor. A fantastical story aimed primarily at 12-18 year olds, but in the tradition of former Carnegie medal winners Phillip Pullman, Terry Pratchett and CS Lewis entirely suitable fro anyone aged 9-900 and there is plenty for adult readers and listeners to savour.

This is a free event but please pre-book your tickets

Watch the YouTube trailer for Devilskein & Dearlove

We will have a novel Q&A on the night (like skype without the technical hiccups) – as Alex Smith lives in South Africa and isn’t able to be with us. We have asked people to get questions in early so that Alex can record her answers for the event.

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Devilskein in Brentwood

mr devilskeinLive or study in Brentwood? Get yourself to Brentwood Theatre at 13:30 on Wednesday 21st January to meet Mr Devilskein impersonator, Greg Page, watch the trailer and catch author Alex Smith answering questions on video, talk to publisher Cherry Potts and buy a book! Got a Question about writing the book? You have until the end of today to ask via twitter @Devilskein or @Africa_Alex or by our page here. School Parties actively encouraged, ideal for 10-14 year olds, enjoyed by 9-900 year olds. Tickets £4 from Ticket Source