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!

 

 

Lockdown reading – Gloria Sanders

Gloria Sanders was a regular at The Story Sessions, reading her own poetry and  on behalf of others. She has several poems in Departures.

Here she shares a live recording of a ‘character piece with poems’ she performed at Stand-up Tragedy.

You can buy Departures from our webshop, we will post copies out to you.

If you would prefer eBooks, they are available from your usual retailer, now VAT free! We recommend Hive for ePub.

Lockdown readings: ‘Here’

Samuel Wright reads his short story, Here.

So you all know we don’t publish horror, right? This is as close as we get. It’s fairly horrific, but the quiet way the story is told is what matters. when this file arrived I responded to Sam immediately, saying this sounds exactly like it does in my head.

Published in Dusk, (one of our Solstice Shorts anthologies) Here was performed live, in Carlisle and Rossendale, at dusk, on 21st December 2017.

You can buy Dusk from our webshop, we will post it to you.

If you would prefer eBooks, all these books are available from your usual retailer, now VAT free! We recommend Hive for ePub.

Audio File: Tymes goe by Turnes read by Math Jones

Math Jones has very kindly recorded for us the poem Tymes Goe by Turnes by Robert Southwell, which is the starting point for this year’s Solstice Shorts Festival.

Math Jones - Geoff Robinson, photographer

Lovely, isn’t it!

Find out more about this call for submissions, and please tell your musician and writer friends.

 

 

 

Time and Tide: Hastings audio recordings Stories

Unfortunately part of the video for the Hastings leg of the Solstice Shorts Festival went a bit wonky. We’ve managed to salvage the audio for this section.

Here are two of the stories read at Hastings Fishermen’s Museum  on the Winter Solstice:

The Answer my Friend… by Paul Foy, read by Patrick Keeley

The Professor’s Daughter by Barbara Renel, read by Rebekah Wilkinson

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image/video clip © Cherry Potts

Time and Tide: Hastings audio recordings, Poems

Unfortunately part of the video for the Hastings leg of the Solstice Shorts Festival went a bit wonky. We’ve managed to salvage the audio for this section.

Here are a some of the poems read at Hastings Fishermen’s Museum  on the Winter Solstice:

Verticals by Kate Foley read by Umi Sinha

wigtown estuary

Arrival by Valerie Bence read by Umi Sinha

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Fisherman’s Daughter by Claire Booker, read by Kate Dyson

buried chain

images © Cherry Potts

Time and Tide: Portugal audio recordings

Unfortunately the video for the Portuguese leg of the Solstice Shorts Festival went very wonky. We’ve managed to salvage the audio for most of it.

Here are a couple of the poems read by their authors, at Oeiras on the Winter Solstice:

Delivery by Holly Blades read by the poet

Points of Interest by Olivia Dawson, read by the poet

 

Animal Liberation – Vindication Preview

Another poem from Sarah Lawson which features in Vindication, 

the third of our #Womenvote100 books, which we are publishing NEXT WEEK

Launch info join us on Wednesday at the Poetry Cafe (RSVP) or pick a copy up tomorrow (Saturday)  at Free Verse or order a copy from our webshop

This version was recorded at The Story Sessions a while back.

Don’t Touch Garden Launch Photos and audio

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Here’s a gallery of pictures and the audio recording of the performance at the launch.  With Kate Foley reading from The Don’t Touch Garden, and Sarah Lloyd & Ian Kennedy (and the audience occasionally)  accompanying with music and song. We’ll put the Q&A up later, once it’s edited! And the video… out of focus though it is.