Inspired by Lady Hale – a Spider anthology for our eighth anniversary

Inspired by Lady Hale I’ve been buying spider brooches (and that T-shirt that’s also supporting Shelter), like a mad thing, and then I thought…

Next August (8th Month) is Arachne Press’s 8th anniversary. What about an eight-legged arachnid inspired anthology?

Get writing, I’ll put a proper call out later in the week but maybe 2000 words-ish, deadline January-ish.

I’m going to make it difficult for you – NO Horror, NO spiders to be killed.

Think Charlotte’s Web for adults, not Arachnophobia. Some sort of homeless connection too? More when I’ve had time to consider properly.

I’ve resisted the temptation to use a close-up photo of a spider here. Imagine one.

 

We are crowdfunding for Solstice Shorts Noon

I hate asking people for money, but at least Crowd funding can be fun, and the generosity of our authors in coming up with novel rewards is a constant pleasure.

We hope to announce our final line up of stories and poems tomorrow, but in the mean time…

This is a fast crowd fund, less than a fortnight to go already, so please, if you are thinking of supporting this year’s Solstice Shorts, Noon, don’t dawdle! We didn’t try to get arts council funding this year (to be honest still recovering from last year’s epic fundraising) so the festival is modest, locally funded as far as possible, and short – Noon, after all, despite how long it takes a clock to strike 12, is only a second long, blink and you missed it. So please don’t blink!

Because we are on 6 sites (Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Carlisle, Ynys Mon, London and Cork) there will still be a book, which will be published on 21st March – for the spring equinox, and this is one of the rewards:

If you would like to preorder a copy of this book, or buy one of the previous solstice shorts books

head over to the crowd fund on kickstarter.

An Outbreak of Peace contributors announced

Subject to confirmation from the writers, issuing of contracts and so on, we have the line-up for An Outbreak of Peace, our anthology responding to the centenary of the ending of WWI, which will be published in November.

They are:

Ellery Akers
Karen Ankers
Annelise Balsamo
Valerie Bence
Anne Bevan
Elinor Brooks
Katy Darby
Peter DeVille
Sarah Deckro
CB Droege
Ken Farrell
Corie Feiner
Norman Franke
David Guy
Chantal Heaven
Anwar jaber
Steven Jackson
Peter Kenny
Peter Shaver
Julie Laing
Katy Lee
Gerald McCarthy
Nicholas McGaughey
Nina Murray
Ness Owen
Clare Owen
Lily Peters
Nick Rawlinson
Rebecca Skipwith
Lucy Smith
Sarah Tait
James Toupin
Rob Walton
Nick Westerman
Martin Willitts, Jr
Mantz Yorke

We have an eclectic mix of poems and short stories some of which deal with WWI, some with the ending of other wars, and some not about war at all, as such, which is as it should be.

call out for stories and poems for Peace anthology

Call out for stories and poems for an anthology celebrating the centenary of the end of WWI. Publication planned for Nov 2018.

Provisional Title An Outbreak of Peace.

Two free copies of the anthology, and royalties @ 8% divided between all the contributors. e-book royalties @25% of net divided between all contributors.

Open to everyone – unpublished and in English please.
Stories: around 2000 words but anything between 1000 and 2500 accepted.
Poems up to 1000 words.

How you respond to this theme is up to you, and it doesn’t need to be specific to WWI, but we find nothing to celebrate in war, and want a good balance for the book between appropriate commemoration of the dead, relief that it’s over and hope for the future.

Submit via Submittable only, please

Closing date 31st March 2018

submit

The Book of Dusk – Crowd fund reward!

With 7 days to go here’s another super-duper offer for you. A week! We need your help! This one is Really Special

Head over to our crowd fund and Pledge £10 or more to support the Solstice Shorts Festival 2017 (Dusk) to get your hands on…

The BOOK of DUSK

It may not have that title, but you get the idea. We don’t actually want to get mistaken for Phillip Pullman.

A copy of the anthology that will be published including all the chosen stories and poems, and the lyrics of any original songs that get chosen. Paperback, B format, notch bound, 80 gsm wood free paper. Cover will utilise our DUSK logo. No idea just yet how many pages – probably around 160. This will be put together at the speed of light as soon as we’ve chosen the material and we aim to have it ready for the events, but it WON’T be available in the shops until June – so you will be getting a very pre-publication copy, so hot off the press it sizzles.

Solstice Shorts the book – they’ve arrived

The perfect christmas gift! The book of the competition – contains stories by all four judges, plus the twelve winners of the competition. All these stories will be read live at the festival on 21st December. Order your copy/ies now from us via Inpress or ask at your local bookshop.

solstice shorts the book

Coming to the festival? You can collect your order from us on the day and get your book signed by as many authors as you can track down – they will have badges.

Poetry Call Out

This call out is FINISHED. We’ll be in touch with everyone who has submitted (thanks by the way!) by the end of April, other priorities permitting.

Calling all poets who like to write long complex things that take several pages and tell some kind of story. (I don’t mean the Rime of the Ancient Mariner, or Hiawatha, just some thread of coherent narrative!).

It may be swimming against the tide, but we are looking for poems for our first poetry anthologylong poems. So if you are ever frustrated by 40 line limits, this is your chance. We want AT LEAST 40 lines of narrative poetry. Send your PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED IN BOOK FORM offering in before the end of February 2014 for consideration, using the contact form below.

We pay royalties (once production costs have been recovered) but no advances.

This call out is FINISHED. We’ll be in touch with everyone who has submitted (thanks by the way!) by the end of April, other priorities permitting.

 

 

Cherry Potts & Emily Cleaver talk about London Lies inspirations

Stations Reading at Brick Lane Bookshop

Thursday 6th December 7pm

Join us to celebrate the East London section of our book, Stations, with readings for Hoxton, Shoreditch High Street, Whitechapel, Dalston and Shadwell.

Brick Lane Bookshop
166 Brick Lane
E1 6RU
(Closest Overground station: Shoreditch High Street)
Owing to geographical impossibility and prior bookings we will have two of the stories read by actors, so those who are unfamiliar with the Liars’ League way of doing things can explore the different texture to be had from an actor and an author reading their work in public.

Reading on behalf of Katy Darby (Shoreditch High Street) Gloria Sanders
Reading on behalf of Rob Walton (Whitechapel) Tony Bell
Reading on their own behalf
Bartle Sawbridge (Shadwell)
Caroline Hardman (Hoxton)
and Wendy Gill (Dalston)

Discover what the well dressed vampire gets up to on a day up from the coast, what sharks have to do with WWI, how to entice the one you love with art, how not to sell property, and how to trust your offspring to make their own decisions.

Stations reading at Clapham Books

Stations is settling into a rhythm of readings with the latest booking at
Clapham Books
120 Clapham High Street
London, SW4 7UH
on Wednesday 21st November 2012. 7.30

Featured writers

Peter Cooper (Highbury & Islington)
Anna Fodorova (Canada Water) read by Cherry Potts
Rosalind Stopps  (Norwood Junction)
Wendy Gill (Dalston)
Jacqueline Downs (Crystal Palace)

Stories from many writers linked by the Overground line. Retired Policemen investigate train based crime, mothers cut the apron-strings, Students play hookey, oppressed workers fight back against bullying, and your local museum holds more than meets the eye…