Recordings of author Cherry Potts reading from The Dowry Blade, a lesbian epic fantasy of the strength and limitations of love and loyalty between friends, lovers, kin, strangers and enemies.
Our main character, Brede, arrives in the city, and finds it a threatening place
The obligatory scene in a tavern, which in the writing, which was done entirely for entertainment, discovered something important about a relatively minor character, and changed the course of the book…
An emotionally tense scene on a roof at night.
Thanks to Clapham Books for hosting. We may post some of the Q&A with a very chatty audience later, it’ll take a bit of editing!
We’ve been a bit arbitrary deciding on a date for the anniversary (it took a good six months of planning to get to the point of registering the company, but it was registered at the end of July 2012, and we do have an event planned, so let’s make it a party.
Join us at Clapham Books, 120 Clapham High Street, London SW4 7UH on THURSDAY 18th JULY 7pm, for cake and readings from all our books including the two due out in September.
A few events to look forward to and to liven up a dull wet Friday.
Tomorrow, Saturday 30th June 11-6 we will have a stall at Crystal Palace Overground Festival, Westow Park SE19. We will be selling books, and signing them if anyone wants us to, and – depending on the ambient noise – maybe an impromptu reading…
On the same day, 13th July, earlier in the afternoon, Arachne author Liam Hogan will be reading at the OxJam Dalston Takeover launch party. The Party goes from 2pm -7pm but Liam is on at 4-4.15pm (so make sure you are there in plenty of time!) – that’s all happening at the Tipsy Bar 20 Stoke Newington Road N16 7XN
Jacqueline Downs reading at Clapham copyright Cherry Potts 2012
Then Thursday it was up to Waterstones on Oxford Street for a showcasing of London Lies.
A number of our authors couldn’t be with us, so we had a mix of actors and authors.
Emily Pedder‘s Are We Nearly There Yet? (Set in Selfridges – just across the road – in the run up to Christmas) read for us once again by the multi-talented Danielle Fenemore. (Her loud-drunk-in-a-shop-just-before-Christmas was extremely convincing!).
Still in the reading-on-behalf-of vein we had Katy Darby reading an extract from the excellent East End cautionary tale Thieves We Were from Simon Hodgson (who is based in San Francisco so unable to join us) and me reading a section of the delightful and witty portmanteau love story Made for Each Other by Nichol Wilmor (who was stuck the wrong side of a flood in Somerset).
Reading their own work we had Joan Taylor-Rowan with Renewal, a touching story of death on the railways and realising there’s more to life than playing safe, David Bausor exploring the British love of sausages and Royals with O Happy Day, and Liam Hogan giving us a single sentence from the hilarious Rat, followed by an extended and dramatic segment of Palio, in which some bankers are played at their own game.
Thanks to everyone who came along to make both evenings a success (and bought books!), and to the staff at Clapham Books and Waterstones for making us so welcome (and in the case of Waterstones running to the pub for more wine glasses!).
Waterstones have a small stock of signed copies of London Lies at the front of the shop, so pick one up for a loved one for Christmas!
Stations is now in the shops, and you can come and get a signed copy from us at either of this week’s readings: Canvas & Cream (nearest Overground Forest Hill) on Wednesday at 7pm, or Deptford Lounge (nearest Overground New Cross) on Thursday at 7pm.
Or you can come to the Launch! Brunel Museum, Sunday 2nd December, 12:30-14:30
Stories from many writers linked by the Overground line. Retired Policemen investigate train based crime, mothers cut the apron-strings, Students play hookey, oppressed workers fight back against bullying, and your local museum holds more than meets the eye…
We had a very respectable crowd for Clapham Books (a lovely bookshop) last Thursday – not sure how much this was down to the draw of Katy Darby’s promised cakes, which were delicious! A few clips of the readings below, plus some photos.