CALL OUT Stories Poems and Songs for Solstice Shorts 2017 DUSK

This year’s Solstice Shorts Festival (21st December) is running at (Astronomical) DUSK once the sun has gone down but there’s still some light, until it’s good and gone.  On 21st December Dusk starts in the UK in the far NE (Shetland) at 16:53 and finishes in the far South West (Cornwall) at 18:21, taking between 40 and 50 minutes depending where you are. We want the performances to match this exactly, and to have a live link up (Facebook, Youtube…I’m going on a course!) – so that Cornwall wouldn’t start reading until Shetland had almost finished (supposing we can get someone in Shetland interested) and all the other performances will overlap, so that somewhere in the ether we are all reading/singing together, like a murmuration of starlings… with (probably) one or two each of songs, stories and poems at each venue.
So that’s between 20 and 26 stories/poems/songs in total to be chosen.

We now have several sites confirmed, and we will be celebrating the end of the shortest day of the year in:
ELLON (near ABERDEEN), INVERNESS, CARLISLE, LANCASTER, ROSSENDALE, ANGLESEY, BIRMINGHAM, NOTTINGHAM, GREENWICH
almost definitely BARNSTAPLE, REDRUTH
possibly STOKE, HARTLEPOOL,
We are talking to people in BRISTOL, and still looking for someone in SHETLAND or ORKNEY and it would be great if someone in EAST ANGLIA would offer. Much more information at https://arachnepress.com/solstice-shorts/dusk-solstice-shorts-2017/
All of this is subject to our getting our funding application approved. We are crowd funding now (closes 2nd October), and have just had a very positive meeting with the Arts Council and have started the funding applicationfor that immediately (this will take at least 8 weeks for a decision to come through).


Story & Poetry
Submissions will be long-listed anonymously by up to 5 of the organisers, and then shortlisted using where people are geographically, to help balance the material across sites. SO DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME ON YOUR ACTUAL STORY/POEM/SONG, only on the form/ cover letter. If your name is visible we will not consider your work.

WRITERS AND MUSICIANS The CALL OUT– DEADLINE 5/11/17 UK ONLY

Please Note – We would be VERY grateful if you could submit early – we need some confirmed writers to be able to fill in the arts council application WELL, and as we are now planning to try to get the anthology out in a pre-publication version for the event, we will have to move at the speed of light, and that means we will longlist as things come in.

Submissions from writers and musicians of short pieces on the theme of DUSK. You can interpret that how you like, but if we don’t recognise a connection your work won’t be chosen.- Plus a covering letter, saying who you are, what you’ve written/had published/performed/ recorded before,  and MOST importantly, where you are.
This will be a UK only call out this time because of the structure of what we have planned.
For absolute clarity, these are works suitable for performance, story, poem or song, and please no death or dementia stories we’ve read SO many of those (and been offended by inaccuracy in the dementia ones) that no matter how wonderful, it’s a case of ‘not another one!’
Songs: Traditional or original please! (We aren’t interested in covers of work still in copyright)  And… Relevant to Dusk.
Between 3 and 5 minutes for preference, absolute maximum 10 minutes.
We would prefer the musicians among you to be able to perform at your most local venue yourselves (wherever that ultimately is).
Musicians: we aren’t a recording company so we can’t offer anything on those lines, but if anyone knows someone who can, put us in touch. We will publish original lyrics alongside the poems and stories, and we have a cunning plan for audio books which if it comes off will need some occasional music so there may be future opportunities.

Stories: No more than 1500 words please, we are tight for time. No minimum.
Poems: We like a narrative, but hate the rhythms that often go with them. (Haiwatha- aargh!) Surprise us. You can go long with this, but don’t exceed 1000 words. No minimum.
Successful stories & poems will be performed by actors, and will go forward to next year’s Dusk anthology (provisional publication date 21st June, for the Summer Solstice), for which 2 copies of the book plus royalties will be paid. (option to take royalty in books, with this many contributors it will be a very small royalty unless the book really takes off.)

All Entries in English (or BSL for a story/poem) or Welsh/Gaelic/Kernewek (with a translation as well please) and your own unaided original and UNPUBLISHED work.

FORMATS
Word/ PDF
We welcome stories/ poems from Deaf writers. If you want to submit in BSL you can send us a video. AVI, MP4, WMA, MOV.
Musicians and blind writers. You can submit using audio files. MP3 or WAV.


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Liberty Tales on Tour: Bath – Video

We had a great night in Bath, touring Liberty Tales alongside Shortest Day, Longest Night brilliant readers, great audience, lovely venue, catching up with friends, and lovely friends to stay with…

Here are some highlights, complete with the explanations of poems that I don’t usually include in the videos.

Poems from Bernie Howley, Elinor Brooks and Jeremy Dixon, and a story from the multi- talented Nick Rawlinson

You can catch the final date of the Liberty Tales Tour on Wednesday 25th January at Greenstead Library, Colchester, with an almost entirely different line up – the joys of anthologies!

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Help us crowdfund for the rest of the tours and the next books

Shortest Day, Longest Night on Tour: Bath – Video

We had a great night in Bath, with our join Liberty Tales/Shortest Day, Longest Night outing,with a very enthusiastic crowd, and readings from, in particular, Nick Rawlinson who not only read his own Into the Blue (Liberty Tales), but helped out Pippa Gladhill with Mercury and tackled David MathewsMouse.  Nick felt the story was so intense it didn’t need the distraction of him performing and sat with his back to the camera! And Jill Sharp (On Reflection), was not happy to be filmed so we just have sound for each of these.

Mouse:

On Reflection:

Also reading from Shortest Day, Longest Night and very happy to be filmed, was Cherry Potts (The Midwinter Wife)

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Help us crowdfund for the rest of the tour and the next books

catch the tour:

Tomorrow! Sat 14/01/2017 3pm Wivenhoe Library, Wivenhoe, Essex.
Stories: Rosalind Stopps, Cherry Potts, David Steward, Katy Darby, Poem: Lisa Kelly

Wednesday 7pm 18/01/2017 Brockley Deli The Story Sessions: Winter Tales Poems from Karina Lutz and Megan E Freeman (read by Annalie Wilson) Stories from Rosalind Stopps, plus other non-Arachne authors.

The Liberty Tales section of the Bath event will be posted later, watch this space.

Liberty Tales on Tour Newcastle Videos

Some video from last month’s Liberty Tales reading at Newcastle Blackwells where we gathered some of our more northerly authors together.

Alison Lock
Brian Johnstone (also reading Elinor Brooks and Andrew McCallum)
Richard Smyth

Your next chance to catch Liberty Tales on tour is Tuesday 7pm 10/01/2017 Bath The Gallery, St James Wine Vaults (Combined reading with Shortest Day Longest Night)
Poems from Bernie Howley,  Elinor Brooks, Jeremy Dixon, Jill Sharp: passports, religious freedom, coming out, reading in the dark…
stories from Nick Rawlinson,  Pippa Gladhill, Katy Darby,  Cherry Potts, David Mathews: Fish weirs, old gods, and… we’ll see which stories everyone else decides to read…

Bath authors take Shortest Day Longest Night on ‘Tour’

p1090009Pippa Gladhill and David Mathews, who were both published in our first Solstice Shorts book: Sixteen Stories about Time, and have once again coincided by being published in Shortest Day, Longest Night, have taken a copy of the book on a pre-publication tour round Bath where they both live – we will be joining them on 10th January for a reading at St James Wine Vaults. (this link isn’t working at the moment but it is the right one, so I’ve left it)

I don’t think they knew each other before being published by us!

Perhaps other authors would like to follow suit and introduce the book to their town, and vice versa!

Arachne goes West part 2 – The South: Bath

The second leg of our tour of the west, and we are going to be in Bath on Wednesday 22nd April. 7.30 – 9.00pm at
Oldfield Park Bookshop  43 Moorland Road, Bath, BA2 3PN this time, with Solstice Shorts

FREE

Excellent stories. Nice people. Free wine. Come and be entertained by actors Nick Rawlinson and Abigail Moore reading from SOLSTICE SHORTS: Sixteen Stories about Time, including competition-winning Bath writers, Pippa Gladhill and David Mathews, and Bristol writer Tannith Perry; plus WIlliam Davidson.

PLEASE PHONE Oldfield Park bookshop to let them know you are coming: 01225 427722

REVIEW of Solstice Shorts Anthology

Those nice people over at Sabotage have reviewed Solstice Shorts: Sixteen Stories about Time

read the review here

They have particularly pleasing things to say about Helen Morris, Robert Shearman, William Davidson, David Mathews, and David Turnbull.

SOLSHORTS HALF SUN TOP

If you enjoy the review and want to try the book for yourself you can buy it direct from our Shop, or if you are in the Bath area, come to our reading at Oldfield Park Bookshop, 43 Moorland Road, Bath, BA2 3PN on 22nd April, at 7.30 where you can listen to stories, buy the book and get it signed by at least three local authors, and have a glass of wine at the same time. more info 01225 427722