Arachne Tenth Anniversary Sale – November

We are celebrating our 10th anniversary by exploring our back catalogue and inviting you to do likewise with special offers on books celebrating their anniversaries in each month.

So for November we have a voucher, ARA10NOV, to get 50% off the following books – all anthologies this month, as we often do a book to coincide with Short Story week in November.

Liberty Tales 2015 marked the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta and Arachne Press celebrated with an evening of stories, poetry and song on the subject of Liberty. The call out continued until the end of the year, and here are the collected and eclectic responses.

Outbreak of Peace Stories and Poems in Response to the End of WWI November 2018 marked the centenary of the end of World War I. After all the commemorative works of art over the previous four years, we felt it was important to reflect on what comes after – an outbreak of peace, and what that meant to the combatants and those left at home. This wide-ranging collection brings together stories and poems from many countries, on both sides of the 1914-18 conflict, finding their inspiration in many wars and their endings; together with stories and poems which are not about war at all, which is as it should be.

Stations Already reduced to £5 so with this offer a teeny £2.50! Twenty-four new short stories in homage to the East and South London section of the Overground Line: a story for every station from New Cross, Crystal Palace and West Croydon at the Southern extremes of the line, all the way to Highbury & Islington.

What Meets the Eye Poems, short fiction and scripts from UK Deaf, deaf and Hard of Hearing writers. on the theme of movement.

Departures: from The Story Sessions Stories and poems of leaving and going adrift, being left behind, taking wrong turns, stepping out of the everyday and making splendid leaps into the dark.The Story Sessions ran for four years in south London. Our monthly themed events took a lead from folkclubs, we had headliners, support acts and floor spots – Flash from the Floor, audience participation written in the interval.
The Story Sessions was an invigorating, sweet experiment, and we are proud to have created a permanent record – new stories from some of The Story Sessions stalwarts and discoveries.

 

All you need to do is use the code ARA10NOV at the check out when you buy any or all of these books – you can only use the code once, so we encourage you to buy in bulk!

 

Lockdown reading: The Cormorant by Clare Owen

Collateral damage from Covid-19 has been having to delay the publication of Zed and the Cormorants, by Clare Owen. It was a tough decision but, it turns out, the right one; and next year we will be able to put together a really strong campaign to support the book.

In the meantime, here is Clare reading her short story from An Outbreak of Peace, The Cormorant which was very much a calling card for Zed, sharing, as it does, a location and character names, although not characters, unless you count the cormorant!

 

 

Writing the Past: Rebecca Skipwith, Surplus Women

Rebecca Skipwith reads her short story, Surplus Women, set just after the end of WWI, from our anthology An Outbreak of Peace, read at Writing the Past, our event for Hither Green Festival 2019 at Manor House Library.

 

An Outbreak of Peace reading in Manchester – Vidoes

I got so caught up in Solstice shorts, I forgot to post these! Thought I’d done it because I’d done snippets on Twitter.

A very successful outing to Manchester Blackwells, with authors travelling in from Newcastle, London and Ynys Mon, and some locals!

Thanks to everyone at Blackwells for making us so welcome (good luck with the move!)

and to the audience for making it such an excellent evening, and buying books!

Mantz Yorke

Ness Owen

Rebecca Skipwith

Sarah Tait

Lily Peters

An Outbreak of Peace – Ness Owen

photo-ness2Ness Owen lives on the island of Ynys Mon where she writes plays, poetry and stories in between lecturing and farming. Her work has appeared in various journals including Poetry Wales, Red Poets, I, S & T, The Fat Damsel, Culture Matters and in four anthologies published by Arachne Press, Three Drops Press, Here and Now project and Mother’s Milk Books. Her bi-lingual poetry collection Mamiaith is due out next year from Arachne Press

Short plays produced:

The Footpath – Ucheldre Rep – The Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead
Keep Moving – Suitcase Community Theatre – Clwyd Theatr Cymru
Goodbye My Love – Scriptslam Sherman Cymru, Cardiff
Shut Up – Dirty Protest – The Bar in Galeri, Caernarfon
Saviour’s Day – Dirty Protest – Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

Ness’s poem Left at the Cenotaph is in An Outbreak of Peace

Rebecca will be reading an extract from the story at the Manchester Launch THIS FRIDAY 6.30 at Blackwells. free tickets here.

 

An Outbreak of Peace – Lily Peters

Lily Peters was born and raised in south-east London and Normandy. After studying French and Spanish at Durham University she moved to Newcastle and became a secondary school teacher of modern foreign languages. Despite only recently completing her MEd, Lily is about to embark on a MA in Creative Writing.

Lily’s story for An Outbreak of Peace is The Spider Plant by my Bed

Lily will be reading an extract from the story at the Manchester Launch THIS FRIDAY 6.30 at Blackwells. free tickets here.

 

An Outbreak of Peace – Rebecca Skipwith

Rebecca Skipwith is an editor and charity worker, currently working with people with learning difficulties and survivors of violence. She practised writing with Literary Kitchen and has written stories that have been longlisted by the New Writer and performed by Liars’ League.

Rebecca’s story for An Outbreak of Peace is Surplus Women

Rebecca will be reading an extract from the story at the Manchester Launch THIS FRIDAY 6.30 at Blackwells. free tickets here.

 

An Outbreak of Peace launch video: Valerie Bence

Poet Valerie Bence reads her poem Light at the launch of An Outbreak of Peace, an anthology of stories and poems in response to the end of WWI

 

Next launch event Blackwells Manchester 30th November

An Outbreak of Peace launch video: Sarah Tait

Poet Sarah Tait reads her poem The Grass is Waking in the Ground at the launch of An Outbreak of Peace, an anthology of stories and poems in response to the end of WWI

Next launch event Blackwells Manchester 30th November

An Outbreak of Peace Launch Video: Peter Kenny

Poet Peter Kenny reads his poem, War Diary in 1/72 Scale at the launch of An Outbreak of Peace, an anthology of stories and poems in response to the end of WWI at Housmans Radical Bookshop

Next launch event Blackwells Manchester 30th November