looking forward to Story Cities in Greenwich

Story Cities hits the shops on 13th June, but you will have to wait for the LAUNCH PARTY until… Thursday 20th June, 7pm

Stephen Lawrence Gallery, 10 Stockwell Street SE10 9BD

Everyone welcome, FREE but please book a ticket so we know how many to cater for.

Launch party featuring readings of flash fictions from Jayne Buxton, Annabel Banks, Shamini Sriskandarajah,Sarah-Clare Conlon, Maja Bodenstein, Evleen Towey, Kam Rehal, Máire Malone, Roland Denning, Jasmin Kirkbride, Rosamund Davies and Cherry Potts.

There will be cake. Of course. I’m think of a little forest of gingerbread buildings stuck into something chocolately…

Just before that, editors Rosamund, Cherry and Kam will be doing a panel discussion at Greenwich Book Festival Room QA065 Queen Anne Court Greenwich University Old Naval College Greenwich SE10 9LS at 10am on Saturday 15th June FREE but you will need a ticket.

Hither Green Festival Writing The Past

We are once again taking part in the lovely Hither Green Festival (they ask us, this is so rare, and so good for the ego!)

Saturday May 18th 7pm

at one of our favourite venues,

Manor House Library, on  Old Road SE13 5SY

Readings of stories and poems based in the past – from the 17th to the 20th Century – life stories and imagined lives, followed by a fairly short discussion about writing from history – what inspired the piece, what research was needed, how was the story shaped by the facts and which got in the way – that sort of thing.

Poetry:

Kate Foley will read from her two poetry collections of personal history, spanning adoption and WWI to coming out as a lesbian in the second half of the 20th Century, The Don’t Touch Garden and A Gift of Rivers

Math Jones will read from his recently published complex narrative made up of poems of imagined folkloric history set in the English Civil War, The Knotsman.

Short Stories

Joan Taylor-Rowan will read her short story The Bet about an incident during the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

Rebecca Skipwith will read her short story Surplus Women set just after WWI, from the anthology An Outbreak of Peace

Katy Darby will read her story The Tyburn Jig set in the early 18th Century from the anthology Five by Five.

Cherry Potts will read from her novel in progress, The Bog Mermaid, set in 1926 and 1976.

Videos from Mini Solstice at City Writes

Ian Kennedy &Sarah Lloyd sing Cold Time (from Longest Night)

Katerina Watson reads Threshold from Dusk

Cherry Potts reads an extract from The Midwinter Wife from Longest Night

Join us at Noon this Friday for all-new Solstice material in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Carlisle, Ynys Mon, Cork and London (Blackheath)

Launching We/She – the videos

Here they are in all their glory – videos of the readings from Thursday’s launch of We/She

Smoking Ban by Jennifer Rickard read by Carrie Cohen

A Crowing Hen by Arike Oke

Comeback Special by Katy Darby (this one is pieced together – the camera battery died…but our belts have braces so all’s well)

The Real McCoy by Cherry Potts read by Carrie Cohen

Destiny’s Children by Rosalind Stopps

Some Carpets to Remain by Carolyn Eden

Ugly Duchess by Fiona Salter

Cages by Joan L M Williams

The Dead Wives’ Club by Ilora Choudhury

One Beautiful Day by Elizabeth Stott

Photos from Launch of We/She

That was quite a party! Wonderful readings a HUGE audience and we set a new record for Blackwell’s ‘most books sold at an event’.

Here are a few photos, I didn’t take many on account of doing all the other things a publisher does at an event. If anyone has more they’d like to share let me know!

 

Midwinter Wife Video at St Johns Downham

Cherry Potts reads an extract from her short story The Midwinter Wife (from Solstice Shorts Anthology ‘Shortest Day, Longest Night at St Johns Festival in Downham.

Dusk at St Johns Festival – Video – In-Between Dog

Editor Cherry Potts reads In-Between Dog, by Pippa Gladhill from Dusk, the Solstice Shorts Festival 2017 anthology, at St John’s Festival Downham.

Dusk at St John’s – video – Threshold

Arachne Editor Cherry Potts reads Threshold by Katerina Watson from the latest Solstice Shorts Anthology DUSK, at St John’s Festival Downham

Hither Green Festival video 5 Penelope is No Longer Waiting

Cherry Potts reads her very first published story (Fantasy, of course), Penelope is No Longer Waiting which is in Mosaic of Air.

Hither Green Festival video 4 Spellbinder

Part of our Women & SF/F event for Hither Green Festival.

Having discussed what we grew up reading, here’s a bit from one of Cherry’s early influences, her mum, Ghillian Potts. This is a section from Spellbinder, the middle book of the trilogy The Naming of Brook Storyteller.

The final installment, Wolftalker, is out on 7th June!

Cherry first read these books in her teens, and did a critique of them in her twenties, which was largely ignored!