Peckham Literary Festival

Arachne Press is delighted to announce that we are taking part in the Peckham Literary Festival: showcasing our three Liars’ League collaborations.

Thursday 28th November 2013 at 7pm

Review Bookshop 131 Bellenden Road, Peckham, SE15 4QY

Three booksKevin Threlfall-Weird Lies cover designs 3 v3 front onlyThree stories loversliesFINALcover front onlyThree authors London Lies Cover. Image copyright Karen Keoghand three actors

come together to introduce you to new worlds hiding in the everyday. From a movie monster convention in Berlin to a “riotous assembly” on Peckham Rye, via the twin heartbreaks of love and the Olympics, professional actors breathe life into short fiction from Arachne Press’s three acclaimed anthologies of Liars’ League stories. After the readings, there will be an informal Q&A with the writers, performers and editors (Cherry Potts and Katy Darby)

Cherry Potts Misty Moon 2 Copyright John GaffenKaty Darby copyright Jon Cartwright

about what makes a short story sing, and what publishers and live events look for in fiction.

With work from  Rosalind Stopps, Alan Graham, and  David Bausor

Rosalind Brockley

Rosalind Stopps

Alan Graham

Read and performed by Nicky Diss, Rhik Samadder, and Alistair Lock

Nicky Diss

Rhik Samadder

Alistair Lock

Book your ticket here www.eventbrite.com/event/8851321541

Mosaic of Air & Weird Lies Fantasy Launch – video

Videos from Saturday night’s sell out (had we been charging) event at Misty Moon.

Cherry Potts reads from Penelope is No Longer Waiting (Mosaic of Air)

and for Weird Lies:

David McGrath reads from The Elephant in the Tower

Angela Trevithick reads from Fuzzby & Coo

Cliff Chapman reads from Rebecca J Payne‘s Hollow Man

Alistair Lock reads from Tom McKay‘s What does H2O feel like to the Tadpoles?

Weird Lies Fantasy reading at Misty Moon

Here are some photos from the reading which formed the second half of our launch activities for Weird Lies and Mosaic of Air, to a capacity audience (hurrah!) at Misty Moon last night.

Cherry Potts (who read Penelope is No Longer Waiting from Mosaic of Air)  is missing from these as she was taking the pictures (copyright etc, etc). Hoping the other camera person in the room is willing to share (hello, John).

From Weird Lies, Angela Trevithick read her own take on the Rapunzel story, Fuzzby & Coo, David McGrath read his (based on fact) story, The Elephant in the Tower; Rebecca J Payne‘s story of hunger, manners and demons Hollow Man was read by Cliff Chapman, and Alistair Lock read Tom McKay‘s What Does H2O Feel like to the Tadpoles? which is a very strange story indeed.

Weird Lies and Mosaic of Air Launch – Video 2 and recording

More video from the launch of our to new sci-fi/fantasy books Weird Lies and Mosaic of Air.

Alistair Lock reads from Peng Shepherd‘s tale of extreme workplace stress, Free Cake

and Henrietta Clemett reads from Richard Meredith‘s wonderfully weird Museum of the Future

As usual Cherry Potts couldn’t manage to video herself, so here’s a recording instead: A snippet from the title story of Mosaic of Air.

Photos from Weird Lies Launch

All photos © Andrew Petrie 2013

A few pictures from the launch of Mosaic of Air and Weird Lies at the planetarium at Royal Observatory Greenwich (who were absolutely LOVELY) . We had a glorious star show (hence the incredible lack of light in the reading pictures) and we had a song from Summer All Year Long, and some weird and wonderful stories.

The full gallery of photos can be found here 

Big thank you to Andrew for managing to get such great pictures in next to no light.

watch this space for video – need to edit it first!

Weird Lies and Mosaic of Air Live Readings This Saturday

Mistymoon flier2After a fabulous evening on Tuesday (it’s taken me this long to recover!) our next event is at Misty Moon, 80 Ladywell Road (behind the Ladywell Tavern) SE13 7HS. 7.30 for 8, til about 10. Free!

Readings from both books:

Angela Trevithick: Fuzzby and Coo

Cherry Potts: Penelope is No Longer Waiting

Rebecca J Payne Hollow Man (read by Cliff Chapman)

Tom McKay: What does H2O feel like to the Tadpoles? (read by Alastair Lock)

David McGrath: The Elephant in the Tower

We are hoping some of the other authors will be present, so that you can collect lots of signatures to turn a wonderful book into a collector’s item, but Cherry Angela & David will definitely sign any book put in front of them.

Pop up bar, books to buy at special launch prices, free ‘Books are my Bag’ bag to stuff full of said books, and assorted other (modest)  freebies, including our prized handmade badges.

Come along, tell your friends – bring your friends.

Fantasy Tales at Misty Moon

Mistymoon flier2Join us for fantastical stories based on myth, fairytale, philosophy and, scarily (if loosely), fact.

Saturday 5th October Misty Moon Gallery, behind the Ladywell Tavern, 80 Ladywell Road, SE13 7HS

An informal event with readings of the more fantastical stories from Mosaic of Air and Weird Lies.

We will be reading:

Rebecca J Payne Hollow Man (read by Cliff Chapman)

Tom McKay: What does H2O feel like to the Tadpoles? (read by Alastair Lock)

Cherry Potts: Penelope is No Longer Waiting

David McGrath: The Elephant in the Tower

Angela Trevithick: Fuzzby and Coo

Launching Science Fiction Stories at The Royal Observatory Spaceship not required

launch flyerTuesday 1st October The Planetarium, Royal Observatory Greenwich, SE10 9NF

Drinks in the foyer from 6.05 (building opens at 6), readings of Science Fiction stories from both Weird Lies and Mosaic of Air  from 6.45 in the Planetarium with star show.

RSVP to reserve your place, this is essential because the Observatory is in the middle of Greenwich Park, and access in the evenings is controlled and we need a guest list, and to alert you to how to get in (and more importantly out!) It’s an adventure – space suits not required, fortunately.

We will be reading:

James Smyth: Let There Be Light (read by David Mildon)

Cherry Potts: an Extract from Mosaic of Air

Andrew Lloyd-Jones ChronoCrisis3000 (read by Cliff Chapman)

Peng Shepherd Free Cake (read by Alistair Lock)

Richard Meredith The Museum of the Future (read by Henrietta Clemett)

Hope to see you there!

(Huge thanks to Marek, Rob and Ed at the Observatory for all their help setting this up, and to Sophie for the idea.)

Misty Moon Weird Lies Photos

Some photos of the readers at Sunday’s Preview event for Weird Lies at Misty Moon Gallery.

Thanks to John Gaffen of White Windmill Photography for sharing his photos with us.

Alistair Lock  copyright John Gaffen

Alistair Lock
copyright John Gaffen

Sophie Aldred Misty Moon 2 Copyright John gaffen

Sophie Aldred Copyright John Gaffen

Ray Newe Misty Moon 3 copyright John gaffen

Ray Newe copyright John Gaffen

Cliff Chapman Mistymoon2 copyright John Gaffen

Cliff Chapman copyright John Gaffen

Cherry Potts Copyright John Gaffen

Misty Moon Preview of Weird Lies – the video

We had a spectacular evening at Misty Moon last night. Thanks to Stuart for hosting,and to all our lovely readers for making the stories shine (and for bringing a Doctor Who element to the proceedings!)and the authors for writing such brilliant material in the first place … and the audience for showing up and buying books and laughing so much.

Stuart has asked us to make it a regular date – quarterly to start off with so the next one will be Sunday 29th September, just after we publish Weird Lies and Mosaic of Air.

If, having watched the videos, you want to help Arachne Press publish Weird Lies you can contribute to the funds by preordering or by contributing to our kickstarter campaign.

Sophie Aldred reads Content Management by Derek Ivan Webster (from Weird Lies)

Alistair Lock reads Zwo by Alan Graham (from Weird Lies)

Ray Newe reads ChronoCrisis 3000 by Andrew Lloyd-Jones (from Weird Lies)

Cliff Chapman reads A Time and Place Unknown by Jason Jackson (from Lovers’ Lies)

There’s no video of Cherry Potts reading The Bone Box, from Mosaic of Air because a button didn’t get pressed on the video (that’s the sort of thing that would happen in ChronoCrisis 3000).

© Arachne Press 2013