Happy Publication day Anna and Jennifer!

We’ve got a bit ahead of ourselves with launches this month, launching Jennifer A McGowan’s How to be a Tarot Card (or a Teenager) at Oxford Poetry Library last week,

and Anna Fodorova’s In the Blood at the Czech Embassy on Tuesday, with Jude Cook chairing and Lisa Rose reading the excerpts, but it is actual publication day TODAY – Congratulations both!

Thanks to Phoebe and team at the Oxford Poetry Library.

Thanks to Jude and Lisa, and the Janas at BCSA, the Czech Centre and Czech Embassy for hosting, and Lutyens and Rubinstein bookshop for handling the sales, and to Erik Weisenpacher for video and photo and audio recordings; it was a novel experience to just turn up, introduce and sit in the audience!

If you missed either or both, do not despair, as there is a joint launch 6.30 next Tuesday, 1st November, at Keats house, with readings by Carrie Cohen. You can get your free tickets from Eventbrite – there will be cake and soft drinks

 

October/November New Books: Launches and events

We have a little flurry of books arriving in October and November, and some events to launch them, mostly in person! We’d love you to join us.

20/10/2022 7pm Launching How to be a Tarot Card (or a Teenager) by Jennifer A McGowan at The Oxford Poetry Library on 20th October 7pm.[eventbrite for free tickets]

25/10/2022  7pm Launch of In the Blood  in discussion with writer and literary critic Jude Cook, with readings by actor Lisa Rose at the Embassy of the Czech Republic. Hosted by British Czech and Slovak Association, the Czech Embassy, the Czech Centre London and Lutyens & Rubinstein bookshop. [tickets £10]
01/11/2022 6.30pm a joint event at Keats House for How to be a Tarot Card (or a Teenager) and In the Blood with readings from actor Carrie Cohen free tickets
24/11/2022 6.30pm at Keats House Launch for Routes by Rhiya Pau.
29/11/2022 7.30pm In Words are helping us celebrate our 10th Anniversary and the launch of Routes by Rhiya Pau, with an online showcase of 4 of our recent poetry books: Routes, How to be a Tarot Card (or a Teenager), A Pocketful of Chalk and Paper Crusade. This will be on Zoom. To access, contact In Words.

Exclusive first chapter extract of In the Blood

As the end of summer approaches we’re looking forward to the autumn publication of In the Blood – an unforgettable twentieth century family saga that explores the impact of historical events on the lives of three generations – a mother, a daughter and a grandmother.


In the Blood
 is set in 1980s London, Prague and Munich, against the backdrop of the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe, and the novel opens on this day, 21st August, 1988; twenty years after the Warsaw Pact invasion of then Czechoslovakia.

Exactly to this day, twenty years ago Russian tanks rolled under our Prague balcony, Mama reminded Agata only this morning. Imagine! Military invasion in central Europe! ‘Now we’ll never see our daughter again, she’ll stay in England,’ your father said – no, he sobbed. Soft. That’s what Pavel was, but here – here they are not interested in what happened to us in 1968, here the radio is interested in some actress from some Corporation Street and her stupid breasts!

Author Anna Fodorova opens the book on this day to emphasise the intertwining nature of personal and political histories:

“In the Blood begins on the 21st August 1988, twenty years after the Russian tanks rolled into Prague, the brutal invasion that shocked the world and altered the fate of my main character, Agata.

When I wrote the story, I couldn’t know that history would repeat itself this year with another catastrophic Russian invasion – I was interested in how the past shapes our private lives.

Agata’s story culminates a year later with the fall of the Berlin Wall, another world-changing event which is paralleled by Agata’s crumbling relationship with her family, particularly her mother, who has built her life from half-truths and secrets.” 

Read the first chapter of In the Blood now.

Pre-order your copy of In the Blood.

Reviewers! Bookshops! Advance Reader Copies coming your way

Reviewers and Bookshops… we will be in touch shortly to offer you one or more of the following Advance reader copies. If you know you are not on our list and are interested, give us a shout. These are like gold dust, so first come first served!

How to be a Tarot Card, (or a Teenager) by Jennifer A McGowan, cover by Tom Charlesworth. (Poetry inspired by tarot and personal history)

In the Blood by Anna Fodorova, cover by Phil Barnett. (Novel: families, secrets, Holocaust survivors, Czech revolution)

Routes by Rhiya Pau, cover by Suman Gujral (Poetry: Families, Partition, Ugandan Asians)

 

 

 

Upcoming readings

Friday 20th October (Tomorrow!) at 7pm Anna Fodorova is reading part of her story Fruit of the Sea from Liberty Tales at London Writers’ Eclective at the Sun Tavern on Long Acre in Covent Garden. (FREE)

 

 

 

On Thursday 26th October at 4pm The Old Woman from Friuli by Ghillian Potts is being read by Good Wolf People at Ashburton Library Shirley Road, Croydon, CR9 7AL

and Good Wolf People are also performing The Old Woman From Friuli at Stanley Halls on Saturday 28th at 1pm (£3)

Liberty Tales launch recordings and Human Rights Day

Our next reading event for Liberty Tales is at North Kensington Library, appropriately on Human Rights Day, Saturday 10th December at 2pm.

To get you in the mood, here are some snippets of recordings from the LAUNCH of Liberty Tales (I know, everything out of order.)

Alison Lock Dog’s Life

Anna Fodorova Fruit of the Sea read by Carrie Cohen

David Guy The King and the Light read by Cliff Chapman

Bernie Howley The Privilege of Departure or Dover Bound but Delayed

Cherry Potts Knitting for Demons

Carolyn Eden Free White Towel

Jeremy Dixon Flax, San Francisco and Pearls Over Shanghai

Katy Darby Character Study

 

Liberty Tales LAUNCH

TOMORROW… it begins. Is Freedom around the corner? Is it buried in our past? Are we busy frittering our rights away? And what on earth do fish weirs have to do with anything?

It’s been a slow process turning what was originally an ephemeral night of fun to celebrate the 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta’s first signing into an actual book, but we are officially launching Liberty Tales, stories and poems inspired by Magna Carta TOMORROW.

A year late you say? Hah! We’ll have no truck with your paltry dates, Liberty is for life, not just a date in June. Split no hairs with us, we have a big document and by god, we know how to use it.

To No-one will we sell, to no one deny or delay right or justice.

Or in this instance,

Cake.

Join us where it all began (for us, anyway, not asking you to go to Runnymeade) at

West Greenwich Library, Greenwich High Road SE10.

Tomorrow: Thursday 17/11/2016 at 7.30 for readings, drinks and cake.

Stories from Katy Darby, Alison Lock, Cherry Potts,  Anna Fodorova (read by Carrie Cohen) David Guy (read by Cliff Chapman)

katy-informalalison-lockCherry and Julian smallcarrie-cohen-0113

Cliff Chapman reading Hollow Manbernadette howleyJeremy Dixon

Poems from Bernie Howley, Jeremy Dixon, plus extracts… touching on prisoners, the right to roam, emotional freedom, going too far, passports, freedom of sexual expression, and more.

NEW lottery_Logo_White RGB

What our authors have been up to

Part of the ethos of Arachne Press is to celebrate our authors even when they do something with a different publisher.
So here’s a quick round up of what they’ve been doing (that we know about, anyway).
Anna Fodorova recently published her first novel, The Training Patient with Karnac Press.
Bartle Sawbridge has very recently published his novel, A Piece of String.
Bobbie Darbyshire published a third novel, Oz, a while back but we didn’t feature it at the time.
Cathy Bryant is launching her first historical mystery novel Pride & Regicide, a Mary Bennett novel (yes, that Mary Bennett) TOMORROW on facebook
David Mathews has had 3 pieces of flash fiction accepted for the October edition of Flash Magazine, about tea, poetry and love.
Emma Timpany had a pamphlet of five short stories, Over The Dam, published by Red Squirrel Press in April, a result of winning their Sara Park Memorial Short Story Competition in 2013. In July, Cultured Llama Press published The Lost of Syros, a collection of sixteen of Emma’s short stories. She was also shortlisted for The Bristol Short Story Prize 2015; and will be published in the prize anthology on 10 October.
Geraldine Green has been combining being writer in residence at Brantwood in Cumbria with a poetry tour of America.
j.lewis has had literally dozens of poems published since his early outing with us with Grass was Taller in The Other Side of Sleep.
Jennifer A McGowan had some good news – but can’t say what until mid-October. Hmm… intriguing.
Kate Foley was runner-up in the Proms poetry competition and had her poem read by the marvellous Carolyn Pickles on Radio 3. The link here is good for a week or so still I think.
Michelle Shine has a shiny new website: www.michelleshine.co.uk
Paula Read has several projects on the go: she & her daughter, Lily, are putting together an anthology of short stories they’ve written with a French theme. And she’s writing the story of a family member who reinvented herself as an artist after moving to the top of a mountain in Italy! And finally she is working on a story for 11-15 year olds, set in the near future and concerning the fate of dogs.
Pippa Gladhill has a short play WE ARE WEATHER receiving script in hand performance on Monday 19th October  at BORDEAUX QUAY on Bristol Harbourside.

 

Arachne Authors talk about their writing habits 1

Andrew Blackman reveals the strange places he writes

Caroline Hardman & Cherry Potts confess to letting work get in the way

worrying about routines…

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