We have a great fondness for LGBT history month at Arachne Press, and we are also exceptionally fond of libraries. As a result the combination definitely works!
Our last outing for February was to Richmond lending library, one of the oldest public libraries in London (lovely building, glass roof, unfortunately on the flight path for Heathrow…)
Here are some readings from that evening, mainly from Cherry Potts, but with assistance from Alix Adams on the first one. The sound isn’t wonderful (those planes…) but it’s better than what we managed on the video camera.
In order of appearance:
Arachne’s Daughters from Mosaic of Air (Cherry Potts)
Death & Other Rituals from Solstice Shorts: Sixteen Stories about Time (Tannith Perry)
A Place of Departures from Stations (Cherry Potts)
The Other Side of Sleep from the anthology of the same name (Kate Foley)
Tasting Flight from Lovers’ Lies (Catherine Sharpe)
As we lug our suitcase of books from one reading to the next, we are getting to know corners of London we’ve never been to before, which gives a fresh perspective on both the variety and sheer size of the city. I don’t think of it as a City really, more as a series of interlinking towns and villages, (a bit like a country in its own right) some of which are surprisingly close and some of which really aren’t. Ealing was nearer than I thought! We were fantasising last night about an Arachne charabanc or possibly just a taxi (complete with driver, obviously), all liveried with the web logo. But until the day someone buys me that as a present (HINT) it’s the good old underground.
Anyway, enough of that: The LGBT History Month stories!!