As part of our fifth anniversary celebrations (8th Sept! Party!) we have reduced the price of our first 5 books to £5.
bookshops – we’ve set up with our distributors NBNi that you can get these books at trade discount to sell for £5 too!
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
“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.”
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.)
videos of readings:
We will be reading from Weird Lies at the PARTY on the 8th September. Come along!
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 nephew – How 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?
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.
The politically minded? What about Liberty Tales, Stories and Poems inspired by Magna Carta? Everything from the right to vote to fish weirs.
The Secret Santa recipient:
Drawn someone you know nothing about from the office christmas hat?
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.
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.
The 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.
Still 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)
I 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…
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.
November: 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?
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
December: Shortest Day, Longest Night
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
A collection of themed narrative poems exploring folk tales from several continents, Shakespeare and Troy.
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
Witty, dark, deliciously twisted, fantasy shorts.
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!
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
or 51 people pledging £15 for a signed copy of Cherry Potts’ collection of short lesbian stories Mosaic of Air
or 31 people pledging £25 for a signed copy of Cherry Potts’ lesbian epic fantasy, The Dowry Blade.
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.
or 26 people pledging £30 for a SIGNED A4 print of our lovely Peter Tatchell portrait
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!!
A copy of Outcome plus Your Name in a list of thank-yous in the book when published.
or 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!
In just 25 hours Solstice Shorts kicks off, with music, stories and drink. What better (or more suitable?) way to celebrate the turning of the year?
Join us at West Greenwich Library. Greenwich High Road, SE10 8NN
at 7pm sharp for an evening stuffed with all the things that make a solstice celebration truly festive.
And you can even do some last minute christmas shopping at our bookstall.
We have short story anthologies: (Award winning )Weird Lies, Lovers’ Lies and London Lies (buy all three for £25, or separately for £10 each) also Stations and Solstice Shorts: Sixteen Stories about Time all at £10
We have poetry anthology The Other Side of Sleep also £10
We have SIGNED copies of Mosaic of Air by Cherry Potts (Short Story collection), Carnegie Nominated Devilskein & Dearlove by Alex Smith (YA Fantasy Novel) and The Don’t Touch Garden by Kate Foley (Poetry collection) all at £15
All make excellent christmas (or Solstice!) presents. You have until MONDAY 1st December to support the Solstice Shorts Festival: Story & Song for the Solstice.
Rather out of focus video of Kate reading and Ian & Sarah (and the audience) singing.
Nothing furnishes an office like a pile of fresh off the press books, especially when the lead poem just won an award, and the covers are so shiny and dramatic.
If you preordered, your books are on the way. Official publication date 25th September. You can order now from our sales partners Inpress.
If you asked for a review copy, it’s on its way. If you’d like a review copy, let us know.
And a quick reminder of launch readings in Oxford 30th September, London 1st October and Brighton 2nd October. More information to follow…