Katy Darby – The Horror, the video

Katy delighted audiences at both The Stations Launch at the Brunel Museum and at Deptford Lounge, this video snippet is from Deptford, as the video for the launch is technically speaking not very good!  This is what you missed, if you weren’t there.

You will be able to compare Katy’s performance with another tonight, as Katy is double booked, and Gloria Sanders is going to read for her at Brick Lane Bookshop, 7pm. (nearest Overground Shoreditch High Street)

Stations the Musical – Brunel Museum Launch

Just briefly, the launch of Stations at the Brunel Museum was huge fun, here’s a snippet of the song we started with to keep you going until I’ve edited the video/ audio, for that, and the readings at Deptford Lounge and Canvas & Cream from last week.


Stations Launch today!

Join us at the Brunel Museum, Railway Avenue, Rotherhithe SE16 (right by Rotherhithe Overground Station) today from 12:30 to 14:30 for the official Launch of Stations. Readings, book signings, special offers on books, badges and tours of the Brunels’ Tunnel, and general silliness, in the spirit of which, a little animation:

© Arachne Press 2012


The official Launch of Stations will be at

The Brunel Museum
Railway Avenue
Rotherhithe SE16 4LF

12:30- 2.30

We will be reading short extracts from the book in the museum itself while tours of the entrance hall of the Brunels’ tunnel and train tours of the floodlit tunnel leave the museum on the hour.

Special offers on the day only:

£1 off any book purchased, plus £1 off a tour taken on 2nd December, if you have bought a book. (we will provide pretty little tokens of some kind as evidence.)

Currently confirmed featured authors:
Cherry Potts (Rotherhithe)
Caroline Hardman (Hoxton)
Michael Trimmer (Haggerston)
Jacqueline Downs (Crystal Palace)
Bartle Sawbridge (Shadwell)
Peter Cooper (Highbury & Islington)
Louise Swingler (Highbury & Islington)
Rosalind Stopps ( Brockley & Norwood junction)
Katy Darby (Shoreditch High Street)
Ellie Stewart (Wapping)

Underground fiction

I was chatting with Robert Hulse the Director of the excellent Brunel Museum the other day about Stations, and mentioned Barbara Vine’s King Solomon’s Carpet which got me on to thinking about how the London Underground turns up all sorts of places.  Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere being an obvious example. So I did an idle search (the way you do, and found this: Wikipedia list of fiction on the underground. 

I don’t suppose this list is in any way complete, and for a start, I remember a story set on the Piccadilly line I read on-line last year which involved spectacles left at Cockfosters and lost luggage offices which was very entertaining which isn’t on here (Can’t remember who it was by, can anyone help?). And I met Sarah Butler at a NAWE workshop a couple of weeks ago, and she produced The Central Line Stories with London Underground a couple of years ago – so, with next year the 150th Anniversary of the Underground, maybe its time to read some London Transport fiction?  You could start with Stations, which will be gracing the bookshops and not a few railway carriages, I shouldn’t wonder in only a months time!