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.

#Arachne5 Stations

As part of the run up to our celebration of our fifth anniversary we are highlighting our first five books, all available for £5 each from our shop

Also available to bona fide libraries and book charities free please contact us to enquire.

Number Two: Stations short stories inspired by the Overground Line

Stations Cover. Image copyright Gail Brodholt

Stations really was inspired by the Overground. At a meeting of the writing group I belong to, WooA, held in the tiny Broca cafe opposite Brockley Station, a conversation about how brilliant the Overground was, despite MANY personal sleepless nights while the work was carried out, turned into a – let’s write about the Overground, let’s take a station each, which turned into wouldn’t this make a great book, and where can we get the rest of the stories? An open call and many, many stories later, Stations was born.

From tigers in a South London suburb to retired Victorian police inspectors investigating train based thefts, from collectors of poets at Shadwell to life-changing decisions in Canonbury, by way of an art installation that defies the boundaries of a gallery,
Stations takes a sideways look through the windows of the Overground train, at life as it is, or might be, lived beside the rails: quirky, humorous and sometimes horrifying.

Twenty-four new short stories in homage to the East and South London section of the Overground Line: a story for every station from New Cross, Crystal Palace and West Croydon at the Southern extremes of the line, all the way to Highbury & Islington.

Ideal for the commuting reader, Stations makes an excellent souvenir of a visit to London and a perfect gift for lovers of London everywhere.

Londoneer Review  ‘Stations’ is certainly an eclectic group of stories, but I enjoyed every one – well-written and engaging stuff. I imagine that it would be ideal for dipping in and out of while you’re passing the time between Kensal Rise and Clapham Junction…

Londonist review There’s a surprising amount of emotional depth … much of it bittersweet and yearning, particularly the further down the line we go. Sadness shot through with flashes of beauty: perhaps that’s a perfect metaphor for south east London … We’ll never look at Penge West the same way again.

Sabotage Review

…Caroline Hardman’s ‘Bloody Marys and a bowl of Pho’ (Hoxton) is a modern-day, urban take on the vampire narratives so current at the moment. It is well-written and funny. ‘Platform Zero’ (Haggerston) by Michael Trimmer also offers a quirky version of another, familiar theme – that of the parallel universe. ‘The Beetle’ by Ellie Stewart (Wapping) is also well-paced and moving in its portrayal of a broken relationship. Peter Morgan’s ‘Mr Forest Hill Station’ (Forest Hill) also stands out due to its tender depiction of the bond between strangers, meeting occasionally in the big city.

We had such fun planning this one, complete with a photo shoot on the Overground featuring several of the authors and family members

 

 

 

Peter Morgan & Caroline Hardman talk about their stories for Stations

We launched Stations at the Brunel Museum, right beside the tunnel under the Thames used by the Overground, which features in Cherry Potts’ Rotherhithe story, A Place of Departures

Ellie Stewart’s beetle goes for a walk in Wapping. The Beetle (audio)

Our first musical collaboration with Summer all Year Long, a train version of Sweet Thames…

We had technical difficulties at the launch so there isn’t much video for there

Mass Signing at London Transport Museum.

We had an aim  to read at a venue within a mile of at least a third of the stations, we actually (eventually) managed almost all of them, and some much further afield – here are a few snap shots.

Deptford lounge: Adrian, Katy

Norwood: Rosalind, Michael, Cherry, Jackie and Andrew

Shoreditch: Wendy, Katy, Bartle, Caroline Rob

Ilkley fringe: Louise and Peter C
There are many more. shove Stations video into the search at the top of the page to find them!

COME TO THE PARTY! 8th September. We will be reading from Stations

Crowd Funding – Books

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Foraging Joy Howard’s forthcoming poetry collection, poems of nature, human nature, love, loss and humour

 

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One of Arachne Press’ short story anthologies – you can tell us which you would like.
London Lies (stories set in London), Lovers’ Lies (stories for romantic cynics), Weird Lies (Fantasy & SciFi – winner of the Sabotage2014 award for best anthology), Solstice Shorts: Sixteen Stories about Time (the winning stories from our Solstice Shorts Competition, plus stories from judges, Imogen Robertson, Robert Shearman, Alison Moore & Anita Sethi)

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With Paper for Feet forthcoming poetry collection by Jennifer A McGowan- myth magic and folklore taken in unexpected directions and given new voice

 

 

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Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed  Liam Hogan’s forthcoming fantasy short story collection ‘Deliciously Twisted’ tales of the unexpected.

 

 

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Devilskein & Dearlove* by Alex Smith (YA fantasy nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2015)

 

 

 

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Mosaic of Air, Short stories by Cherry Potts

 

 

 

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Stations – Short Stories inspired by the Overground Line.
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tom-dingley-outcome-2Outcome book our photographic portrait book, by Tom Dingley.

80 LGBT portraits. UK only, it’s a heavy book

Press Release – OUTCOME

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PRESS RELEASE – For immediate release 11 September 2016

OUTCOMEarachne logo white on white

 

Book launch & exhibition – LGBT photographic portrait project #Outcome

Book launch (invite only) – Monday 10 October 6pm till 9pmlgbt-uni-logo

(National Coming Out Day following day, October 11th)

The Heritage Galleryuog_logo-white

University of Greenwich, Queen Anne Court,

Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London SE10 9LSlgbt-uni-logo

Exhibition Monday 10 October until 15 October, 10am-5pm (4pm Monday 10th)

The Outcome project so far. Photographer Tom Dingley started his #Outcome project in 2014, to photograph LGBT people with the attributes of their everyday life – their work or their interests; and holding a picture of themselves as a child – showing that it does get better, by providing young LGBT people with role models for life beyond adolescent angst, uncertainty and bullying. The message is: No matter how hard it is growing up and coming to terms with your sexuality or identity; you can be who you are, living a successful & happy life, out of the closet. The aim is also to help breakdown stereotypes of what a LGBT person looks like, or can be – because there is no absolute definition; as the project shows.

Tom has exhibited the ongoing project at London Pride, Brighton Pride, Student Pride, Digital Pride and as part of LGBT History Month celebrations. Adding more portraits to Outcome over time; the collection now includes Lord Chris Smith, Elly Barnes MBE, Britain’s Got Talent’s La Voix, Bake Off’s John Whaite, The Apprentice’s Sanjay Sood-Smith and Emmerdale’s Alicya Eyo and many other people. The project is a celebration of all LGBT people, known and unknown.

The Launch Exhibition:

The University of Greenwich will host the launch and first exhibition as Tom is a Greenwich Alumnus and many of the portraits were taken locally. While exhibiting at the university, he plans to have as many of the 112 portraits on display as possible. Tom will have pop-up studio days for LGBT people who would like to be photographed for Outcome at the above address on Tuesday 11th & Thursday 13th October – drop in or arrange beforehand. The university is organising a number of events linked to the exhibition, including a public Q&A panel on Wednesday 12th 1-2pm.

Sarah Cretch, Head of Alumni & Development at the university says: “We are so proud that Tom is an alumnus and fully support his work. Tom and the whole Outcome project are a great inspiration for all our students and staff.”

The Book.

The Outcome book published by Arachne Press contains 80 full-page portraits, with accompanying text from each of the subjects.9781909208261 

ISBN: 978-1-909208-26-1 Format: 234 x 156 mm

Extent:168 pages (170gm2) Price: £25 Review copies available from publisher

Sales: http://www.inpressbooks.co.uk Trade Distribution: http://www.distribution.nbni.co.uk

Launching on October 10th for National Coming Out Day on 11th.

Beyond the book. We plan to expand the launch exhibition into a travelling exhibition to visit colleges, schools, libraries and community centres around the UK, setting up a studio day at each location to add to the project. There is even a possibility of taking it to Europe. We also plan to create a downloadable slideshow version of the book which we hope schools will use for Sociology and Citizenship courses.

Photographer: tom_dingley@hotmail.co.uk  –  @OutcomeLGBT  –  @TomDingleyPhoto

Publisher: cherry@arachnepress.com – @ArachnePress

University of Greenwich PR Team: Tel: 020 8331 8937 – public.relations@gre.ac.uk