Welcome to the Arachneversary SALE!

The SALE starts here:

£1 off almost all our books  with this code: ARACHNEVERSARY. Add it in the voucher code slot at checkout.

The only exceptions to this offer are those books that are already only a fiver, and the one that isn’t officially published yet: No Spider Harmed in the Making of this Book.

Special offers on series and bundles for younger readers – all three Brook Storyteller YA Fantasy novels for £25 (normally £29.97) buy Devilskein & Dearlove and get Claude at Harfleur for £6

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Sale ends 31st August. Join us each day at 8pm (2pm on Sundays) for readings and conversations about each of our books, get inspired, buy a copy! More info

The Spider has landed

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Traditional box of books image: No Spider Harmed in the Making of this Book has arrived.

We did think about delaying this book, what with the Covid situation, but thanks to the power of multiple authors, (Anthologies are so handy that way) we were able to garner enough pre-orders to pay up front for the printing, thus minimising the risk of the books sitting sadly at the distributor with nowhere to sell them.  And I have to say TJ International have done a brilliant job, and Karen Boissonneault-Gauthier‘s cover looks BEAUTIFUL.

It’s Independant Bookshop Week, this week by the way, and lots of bookshops have just reopened, in a careful socially distanced way, so you could order a copy through your local indie, or you can order from us.

There will be an online launch on 8th of August, when we will be celebrating our Eighth Anniversary. (Technically a few days before, but all those eights lined up and called to me.)

Bookshops, place your order with NBNI or via Inpress.

Those of you who have already ordered – there are a LOT of you, and we are prioritising the overseas orders to ensure everyone gets their books before publication day – and when I say ‘we’, I mean me and the cat, who lovely though he is, doesn’t help much in the way of posting stuff, and is more interested in sitting in the boxes when they are emptied, so please be patient, I know it’s exciting, I’m excited, but I can only get so many parcels to the post office at a time.

 

 

We’re still here and have plans to entertain you

There’s been some bad news in the book world, Gardners, the major wholesaler who supplies most independant booksellers has shut up shop for the forseeable. (Yes, this is C-19 related.)

This means it will be even harder to get books out to the public. We are however in the fortunate position of having the estimable NBNi as our distributor, which means bookshops can get books direct from them, if they have an account. All the big shops and quite a few of the smaller ones do. Phew!

WE ALSO HAVE BOOKS HERE.

Not in massive quantities, but enough to see us through of most titles. Yo can order direct and we will post them out to you, so long as they will fit through the post box slot, and so long as you have a large enough letter box. A couple of books might not suit – Outcome is probably ok, The Dowry Blade probably not.

Head over to our shop…

If for any reason our stocks dry up, or the royal mail goes into meltdown, we have ebooks available from your usual supplier, some reduced to 99p for the duration of the lockdown, and we are converting the poetry, which wasn’t converted before for format reasons, the first of these titles will be available 10th April with more on 17th and the last lot, the ones I think will be most difficult to work with electronically, on the 24th.

In the meantime we are working out ways to keep you happy.

We are organising some guest blogs from our writers, and some of them have offered to video readings. We are also getting them to interview each other. Some of these interviews will be video links (when I work out how) and some will be text based, but if you’ve always wanted to ask onr of our writers a question, we invite you to send some in! If there’s a particular author or poet you want to answer the question, let us know, and we’ll do our best. You can comment on this post to ask your question.

 

August Bank Holiday Sale NOW ON

August Bank Holiday,

00:01 Saturday 24th August through to 23:59 Monday 26th August BST

10% off all physical books

with this single-use-per-customer code

KKNLMB22OSSL

That’s an ‘O’ not a zero. If you don’t use the code, you won’t get the discount.

There is also free postage in the UK at the moment. We will start charging postage soon – basically the next time we print a catalogue, which is likely to be September/October, so you might want to order before that happens.

Enjoy!

August Bank Holiday Sale coming soon

We thought we’d give a bit more warning of this sale than the last one, to give you a chance to decide what you fancy and remember to place an order… Don’t try yet!

August Bank Holiday,

00:01 Saturday 24th August through to 23:59 Monday 26th August BST

10% off all physical books

with this single-use-per-customer code

KKNLMB22OSSL

That’s an ‘O’ not a zero. If you don’t use the code, you won’t get the discount.

There is also free postage in the UK at the moment. We will start charging postage soon – basically the next time we print a catalogue, which is likely to be September/October, so you might want to order before that happens.

Enjoy!

It’s #ReadABookDay let’s make it easy #Arachne5

As part of our fifth anniversary celebrations (8th Sept! Party!) we have reduced the price of our first 5 books to £5.

get them here.

bookshops – we’ve set up with our distributors NBNi that you can get these books at trade discount to sell for £5 too!

#Arachne5 Weird Lies

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 Five: Weird Lies

WINNER of the Best Anthology Award Saboteur2014

Review from Sabotage

“The story I enjoyed the most in this collection was ‘Haiku Short, Parakeet Prawns, Konnichiwa Peter’ (Lee Reynolddson), it’s about the weirdest lie we all tell ourselves to get through the bad times: one day we’ll escape. There’s always some other place we exoticise, life will be better if we can only get there.

All in all Weird Lies does exactly what it says on the jacket, its weird, it’ll make your head spin if you read it in one sitting and what’s even weirder? You’ve told yourself all these lies that are contained in this collection.”

 

review by Andrew Salomon

review on Little Crocodile

goodreads reviews

There’s something about Liars’ League that brings out the wildness in the writers’ imaginations. Here we explore myth, fantasy, science fiction, and the indefinable what the – that makes up Weird. In true Liars’ League fashion there is as much humour as there is darkness and poignancy.

More than twenty tales, varying in style from stories not out of place in One Thousand and One Nights, to the completely bemusing.
Discover mirrors that predict the immediate future and museums where your personal future life is exhibited in the kind of ephemeral objects that might normally find their way into a dustbin.
Meet tadpoles, lazy assassins, and assiduous poisoners; observe deals with the devil, and workplace stress taken to its logical conclusion.
Heroes, villains, and animals – anything and anyone could provide the twist in the tale – cursed travellers, persistent dreamers, aliens, robots and even ice might be the object, or source, of love.

Another cover chosen from our competition. Designer Kevin Threlfall has gone on to do two more book covers for us (Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed, and  With Paper for Feet.)

 

 

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videos of readings:

Launch of the SciFi stories at the Royal Observatory part 1

Launch of the SciFi stories at the Royal Observatory part 2

Fantasy launch at Ladywell Gallery

Other Worlds at Ladywell Gallery

Lewisham Library

 

 

We will be reading from Weird Lies at the PARTY on the 8th September. Come along!

Get your Christmas gifts here!

I just picked up the last posting dates leaflet at the post office which led me to think you might want to get ordering our lovely books as christmas presents (or Solstice presents if you are quick!) Books make great presents – easy to wrap, light to post (mostly!) and infinite variety, so you can find just the right thing, even for those difficult to buy for folk. Visit our shop or read on for a bit of inspiration.

The just pre-teen niece or nephewDevilskeinfront final for bus cardHow about our Carnegie Medal nominated fantasy novel, Devilskein & Dearlove, by Alex Smith? Talking Crickets, Demons, and Doorways to Other Worlds are all up for grabs in a Cape Town apartment, but can Erin open the door to her past?

 

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The pagan or atheist. A tough one, should you get anything? if you do, do you put Happy Christmas on it? Give them one of our Solstice Shorts anthologies, celebrating the winter solstice with a wide variety of stories (and poems) you can choose from Solstice Shorts: Sixteen Stories about Time, or Shortest Day, Longest Night our new anthology of stories and poems about midwinter, long nights and short days. Or Both! Special offer up til 21st December (the Solstice) buy Shortest Day, Longest Night and get Solstice Shorts: Sixteen Stories about Time half price.

Cotton Augustus II.106The politically minded? What about Liberty Tales, Stories and Poems inspired by Magna Carta? Everything from the right to vote to fish weirs.

 

 

 

lies special offer

The Secret Santa recipient:

Drawn someone you know nothing about from the office christmas hat?

Stations Cover. Image copyright Gail Brodholt

Don’t panic! Anthologies have something for everyone.

One of our Liars’ League collaborations should go down well with almost anyone. Choose from London Lies (London!), Lovers’ Lies (Relationships!) or Weird Lies (Sci Fi/Fantasy). You can get all three for a special reduced price

Or, if all you know about them is that they get to work by train, how about Stations?
A rich collection of stories inspired by journeys, places and lives lived beside the lines.

 

9781909208261 Your Best LGBT friend.

Now this one is a must. Everyone should have a copy.  Outcome: LGBT Portraits by Tom Dingley. If you haven’t got it already, get it NOW. Photographic portraits of LGBT people holding a photo of themselves as a child. Brief biographies for most, although not all. Moving and inspiring.

The Poetry enthusiast.

Pick from our long narrative poems anthology, The Other Side of Sleep, or our collection by Kate Foley, The Don’t Touch Garden.

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Final Cover Design for The Other Side of Sleep. Copyright Zoe Lee

The Dowry Blade FRONT Cover finalThe fantasy enthusiast Want a doorstop of a book to keep that voracious fantasy reader happy? How about The Dowry Blade by Cherry Potts? War, famine, grief, a sword that might not be magic after all, and a witch who can sing you to death…

 

 

The Writer… Oh, so tricky. They’ve either got it already or don’t think it cuts the mustard. Buying for writers is really hard!

Here’s an idea – you’ll have to give it to them early, but why not buy them a ticket to our Write through the Night event? 21st December 10-midnight.

arachne-friendwhite-on-whiteStill nothing you are sure they’ll love, but know your friend or relation loves books? What about an Arachne FRIENDship? Choose from annual, life, and patron, and get a variety of special offers plus the coveted Arachne friend badge, and support us at the same time!

 

SO: If you’d like us to send to your gift direct to the recipient, we send world-wide, and mostly books go at the standard deliveries so you have a bit of leeway – but you are too late for World Zone 2 to go affordably now. For most of Europe your deadline is 13th Dec, Northern America 14th Dec, Spain France & Ireland 16th December; and of course, within the UK, 19th December. ( this gives us 24 hours to parcel up and send). The sooner the better, obviously. The Arachne Friend and the Write through the Night Ticket are delivered electronically (apart from the friend Badge, obviously)

 

 

new shiny things coming soon to Arachne Press

NEW lottery_Logo_White RGBI can’t believe I forgot to put anything up on the website! I did a newsletter, put up the individual book pages, then got on with the work that results from good news! Anyway…

Trumpet Fanfare….!

After what turned out to be months of form-filling we have secured Arts Council Funding for this year’s Solstice Shorts Festival, and the next four books, including taking them on tour, and for four sessions of The Story Sessions (more later!).
We do have to raise some money ourselves – brace yourselves for more Crowd Funds – you can also help by becoming a FRIEND of Arachne.

The books we will be publishing:

Cotton Augustus II.106November: Liberty Tales

An anthology of stories and poems inspired by Magna Carta. Yes, we know, last year – but our Human Rights Act is once again being eyed for demolition, so when is freedom out of season?

 

Tour dates
Wednesday 7pm 16/11/2016 Brockley Deli The Story Sessions
Thursday 7.30 17/11/2016 Greenwich Launch West Greenwich Library
Friday 7.30 18/11/2016 Oxford Albion Beatnik
Wednesday 7pm 23/11/2016 Lewisham Library
Thursday 7pm 24/11/2016 Essex Greenstead Library Colchester
Thursday 7pm 01/12/2016 North London Housmans Bookshop

 

9781909208292December: Shortest Day, Longest Night

An anthology of stories and poems from the Solstice Shorts Festival for last year and this. (Writers – including Deaf writers – & Musicians the call out is open until 31st August)

 

Tour Dates:

Wednesday 5.30 & 7pm 21/12/2016 Greenwich Launch (Solstice Shorts Festival) West Greenwich Library & Made in Greenwich
Friday 7.30 06/01/2017 Oxford Albion Beatnik
Wednesday 7pm 11/01/2017 Lewisham Library
Sat 3pm 14/01/2017 Essex Wivenhoe library
Wednesday 7pm 18/01/2017 Brockley Deli story sessions

 

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February: With Paper for Feet by Jennifer A McGowan

A collection of themed narrative poems exploring folk tales from several continents, Shakespeare and Troy.

 

 

 

Tour Dates:

Thursday 7pm 23/02/2017 London Launch Keats House Library
Friday 7.30 03/03/2017 Oxford Albion Beatnik
Wednesday 7pm 08/03/2017 Lewisham Library
Wednesday 7pm 15/03/2017 Brockley story sessions
Thursday 7.30 16/03/2017 Greenwich West Greenwich Library
Thursday 7.30 30/03/2017 Bradford on Avon Words and Ears
Sunday 8pm 30/4/17 Cheltenham Buzzwords

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Happy Ending Not Guaranteed holding cover

April: Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed by Liam Hogan

Witty, dark, deliciously twisted, fantasy shorts.

 

Tour dates:
Thursday 7pm 06/04/2017 London launch The Old Church, Stoke Newington
Wednesday 7pm 12/04/2017 Essex Basildon Library
Tuesday 7pm 25/04/2017 Lewisham Library
Wednesday 7.30 26/04/2017 Hoxton Burley Fisher bookshop
Friday 7.30 28/04/2017 Oxford Albion Beatnik
Thursday 8pm 04/05/2017 Greenwich West Greenwich Library
Wednesday 7pm 17/05/2017 Brockley story sessions
Weekend starting 02/06/2017 Stoke Newington Literary Festival – details won’t be confirmed until mid-October

We are also in discussion with Wandsworth and Kensington & Chelsea libraries for more dates for all of the books. Run a bookshop/library/ lit fest? Want us to come and read? Ask!

 

 

 

The Dowry Blade – books have arrived!

The printers (TJI) have done a lovely job, and the books look absolutely amazing. So you can place orders for The Dowry Blade direct with us via our web shop NOW, and come along to events and buy a copy, but it won’t be in the bookshops until 25th February. Get yours ahead of the crowd!

Dowry blade arrives