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.

Crowdfund rewards for readers

READERS:

Pledge £5 or more in our Crowd fund to support the Solstice Shorts Festival 2017 (Dusk) and get one of our #Arachne5 booksthe first 5 books we published:

Or all of them for £25!

Arachne Books as crowd fund rewards for DUSK

Readers: Pledge £10 or more in our Crowd fund to support the Solstice Shorts Festival 2017 (Dusk) and get …An Arachne Book

It’s what we do! Have a book, why not? Perfect presents for your reading friends.

Includes:

Short Stories

  • Liberty Tales
  • Shortest Day Longest Night
  • Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed
  • Solstice Shorts: 16 stories about time

 

Poetry

  • With Paper for Feet
  • The Don’t Touch Garden
  • Foraging
  • The Other Side of Sleep

 

Young Adult Fantasy Novels

  • Devilskein & Dearlove
  • Brat

 

Books from Frances Gapper – Crowd fund rewards for Dusk

I keep saying how generous our authors are – they really are! With 4 days to go here’s another offer for you. Head over to our crowd fund to support the Solstice Shorts Festival 2017 (Dusk) to take advantage. There is only one of each of these.

Pledge £15 or more for a Signed copy of  ‘In The Wild Wood’

Arachne Author Frances Gapper is offering a signed copy of her new collection of short stories In the Wild Wood (Published by Cultured Llama)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pledge £16 or more for a copy of  ‘Matchbook Stories 4’

Another offer from Frances: a copy of TINY collection of short stories Matchbook Stories 4 (Published by Ex Machina) which includes one by her. It isn’t quite as little as a matchbook, but not far off – Not signed as it is still sealled in its shrink wrap.

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

Happy Ending Not Guaranteed holding cover

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!

 

 

 

Outcome Crowd fund rewards

LGBT history month is almost over, The Outcome exhibition(s) in Lewisham are coming to an end, and we are nearing the half-way mark in terms of time for our Crowd fund to raise printing costs for our Outcome project, with 18 days left and  69% of the target funding raised.

With nice symmetry we have had 18 backers so far, all wonderful generous people! (Thank you, Laura, Sian, Bea, Nick, Isaac, Alicia,  Richard, Jonathan, Mike, Tim, both Marks, all the Peters, and all the Pauls.)

So to help you join this select band of special people, I thought I’d mention what brilliant rewards we have for backers.

We need to raise a further £756 to hit our target – if we don’t get all the money, we get none of it.

so that’s 756 people pledging £1 for a thank you message from us 

Solstice shortsFRONT cover draft copyor 76 people pledging £10 for a copy of one of Arachne Press’ short story anthologies Weird LiesLondon LiesLovers’ Lies or Solstice Shorts

lies special offer

 

 

 

CPotts_MosaicofAir frontor 51 people pledging £15 for a signed copy of Cherry Potts’  collection of short lesbian stories Mosaic of Air

 

 

 

The Dowry Blade FRONT Cover final

or 31 people pledging £25 for a signed copy of Cherry Potts’ lesbian epic fantasy, The Dowry Blade.

 

 

 

9781909208261 or 27 people pledging £28 for a copy of the Outcome book.160 pages, 80 beautiful images of wonderful LGBT people, some you may have heard of, some will be new to you.

 

 

 

Peter Tatchellor 26 people pledging £30 for a SIGNED A4 print of our lovely Peter Tatchell portrait

 

 

 

9781909208261 or 22 people pledging £35 for  A SIGNED copy of the Outcome book. 160 pages, 80 beautiful images of wonderful LGBT people, some you may have heard of, some will be new to you. We will get as many of the portrait subjects as we can to sign their picture (probably at the launch!) plus of course, the photographer, Tom Dingley, and then send it to you with our love and appreciation.

 

or 8 people pledging £100 for:

Invitation to the Launch Party. We will be holding a launch party in London as close to the 11th October (Coming Out Day) as we can get, which will double as the private view for the launch exhibition. Join us so that we can thank you personally. (travel to the launch at your own expense!) ) ONLY 3 of these left!!
or
A copy of Outcome plus Your Name in a list of thank-yous in the book when published.

tom dingleyor 6 people pledging £150 for a 1 hour photo shoot with Tom Dingley at a suitable venue in London. includes editing of resulting pictures and delivery of 6 photographs as digital files.

So how many people do YOU know? pass on the message, help us fund this gorgeous and exciting project!

 

 

 

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