Gearing up for the festive season?

Our feasting starts early at Arachne Press,with Solstice Shorts. But for those of you who give gifts at the turn of the year, whichever day you do it, and for whatever reason – and isn’t loving someone enough of a reason – anyway, for you, we have lovely books.

Seasonal:

Solstice Shorts: Sixteen Stories about Time and Shortest Day, Longest Night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Londoners: London Lies and Stations 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For youngsters

Brat, Spellbinder, Deviskein & Dearlove and The Old Woman from Friuli, and our guest title, Claude at Harfleur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the passionate: Liberty Tales, Lovers’ Lies, The Dowry Blade and Mosaic of Air (regardless of what you get passionate about)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For poetry lovers: The Other Side of Sleep, The Don’t Touch Garden (print version or audio version), Foraging, and With Paper for Feet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For those of you who like to be gently creeped out in the proper seasonal ghost story manner (and other weird stuff) Weird Lies, and Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally, for those with a coffee table with room to spare for a lovely photographic book: Outcome -LGBT Portraits

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Support Solstice Shorts – come to a folk song workshop!

Technically this is part of Solstice Shorts. We are running a workshop on Saturday 28th November, and profits will go to help pay for the main event on 21st December, so the more the merrier – we have room for another 10 people.

Come and learn secular songs for winter from Lester Simpson, one of the loveliest people we know, and a damn fine singer, song writer and arranger of traditional songs. Oh and he teaches incredibly well: fun, relaxed, intensive. 25 pounds (my keyboard has gone American for the day, I can’t find the pound sign). Book here or through our crowd fund campaign. We provide lots of refreshments!

Likely repertoire: about 5 songs from the following

The White Shepherd
The Solstice Carol
George Dunn’s Wassail
Bring Him On
The Coppers Christmas Song
Green growth The Holly
Winter is i cummen inn (round)

Yes I know, I thought secular would mean no Christmas, but actually in this context just no religion. Great songs, 3 or 4 part harmony, learnt by ear. no previous experience necessary, suits all abilities.

The Many Hats of Bartle Sawbridge

It was Hats ON for Bartle at Wednesday Night’s Story Sessions, a seasonal collection of stories about cult singing groups and carol services, Spanish and Greek alcohol, a lack of christmas spirit, unwelcome and uninvited guests, and interlopers of other kinds, from Cherry Potts, Peter Higgins, Joan Taylor-Rowan and Paula Read, as well as Bartle and his hats – the audience joined in with a few Flash from the Floor, and hat wearing! The Ivy House got in the spirit of things with ivy garlands, fairly lights, roaring log fires, additional speakers (thanks Nyge) and festive gold lamé curtains for the stage too.

Here are the pictures, video will follow.

bartle tyrolean

Bartle in one of several hats

bartle sans headwearbartle fedora joanie in character

Joanie gets in character

Joanie gets in character

Peter Higgins

Peter Higgins

Paula Read

Paula Read

Peter Higgins on Stage

Peter Higgins on the glamorous gold stage

Arachne at Alexandra Nurseries, Penge

We have a stall at the Christmas Market in the charming Alexandra Nurseries (Parish Lane, Penge SE20 7LJ) this coming Sunday 8th December 10-5, selling our gorgeous books, some festive cards and giving away free canvas bags to anyone who buys a book, and a few balloons, recipes and other silliness.

christmas market001So you can come along and buy a christmas tree, and then buy lots of books as presents to put under it! (“Other stalls are available.”)

Special offer bundle of all three Liars’ books for the price of two. If I can find some ribbon they may come ready bundled. SOme of our more local authors may drop in for a half hour or so so if you coincide, you might get a book signed.

Can’t make it on Sunday? Join us tonight (Thursday) at Lewisham Library, 7.45,or next Wednesday (11th) at The Story Sessions.