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.
Jacqueline Downs reading at Clapham copyright Cherry Potts 2012
Then Thursday it was up to Waterstones on Oxford Street for a showcasing of London Lies.
A number of our authors couldn’t be with us, so we had a mix of actors and authors.
Emily Pedder‘s Are We Nearly There Yet? (Set in Selfridges – just across the road – in the run up to Christmas) read for us once again by the multi-talented Danielle Fenemore. (Her loud-drunk-in-a-shop-just-before-Christmas was extremely convincing!).
Still in the reading-on-behalf-of vein we had Katy Darby reading an extract from the excellent East End cautionary tale Thieves We Were from Simon Hodgson (who is based in San Francisco so unable to join us) and me reading a section of the delightful and witty portmanteau love story Made for Each Other by Nichol Wilmor (who was stuck the wrong side of a flood in Somerset).
Reading their own work we had Joan Taylor-Rowan with Renewal, a touching story of death on the railways and realising there’s more to life than playing safe, David Bausor exploring the British love of sausages and Royals with O Happy Day, and Liam Hogan giving us a single sentence from the hilarious Rat, followed by an extended and dramatic segment of Palio, in which some bankers are played at their own game.
Thanks to everyone who came along to make both evenings a success (and bought books!), and to the staff at Clapham Books and Waterstones for making us so welcome (and in the case of Waterstones running to the pub for more wine glasses!).
Waterstones have a small stock of signed copies of London Lies at the front of the shop, so pick one up for a loved one for Christmas!
Stations is now in the shops, and you can come and get a signed copy from us at either of this week’s readings: Canvas & Cream (nearest Overground Forest Hill) on Wednesday at 7pm, or Deptford Lounge (nearest Overground New Cross) on Thursday at 7pm.
Or you can come to the Launch! Brunel Museum, Sunday 2nd December, 12:30-14:30
It’s always fun to get together with the authors, and yesterday we rode up and down the Overground, reading snippets from Stations. The plan was to all get on the same train, heading for Crystal Palace, but that didn’t quite work. We sorted it out in the end, and here’s a video!