Love Audio Week: Strange Waters

This week is #LoveAudio week, an annual celebration of audiobooks. As audio is still quite new to us, this is the first year we’ve joined in with the campaign. To celebrate, we are excited to share excerpts from several marvellous Arachne Press audiobooks, almost all of which are 2021 releases, created thanks to a grant from Arts Council England and in partnership with Listening Books.

To kick off, here is the opening story from Jackie Taylor’s upcoming Strange Waters, a collection of short stories set in Cornwall, that take in modern life, ancient mythology and our future in the face of coastal erosion.

This is fresh from the edit so has never been heard before!



We are delighted to have actress Sophie Aldred narrating Strange Waters. Sophie has had plenty of practice with her Cornish accent, as she also narrated Clare Owen’s Cornish Gothic YA, Zed and the Cormorants, for us earlier this year. You can hear a first chapter extract of this audiobook here.

If you enjoyed this extract, then please join us, Jackie Taylor, Sophie Aldred and other guests on the evening of Thursday 29 July, for an online launch with readings from Strange Waters. Tickets are free, or £10 (+ a small postage fee) to include a copy of the book, and you can register here:

#LoveAudio is the Publisher’s Association annual week-long digital celebration of audiobooks is designed to showcase the accessibility, innovation, and creativity of the format. Follow the hashtag on twitter.


Arachne Press at the Causley Festival (Online) – 25th July 2021

Do join us online at the Causley Festival on Sunday 25th July at 12:45pm, when Arachne authors Clare Owen (Zed and the Cormorants) and Jackie Taylor (Strange Waters) will be reading from their books and chatting to Cherry Potts, Director of Arachne Press about independent publishing, and Arachne’s approach to inclusivity, including supporting writers from geographically dispersed areas.  Jackie and Clare are both Cornwall-based.  Both Zed and the Cormorants, a Young Adult novel published earlier this year, and Strange Waters, a collection of linked short stories shortly forthcoming from Arachne Press, are also set in Cornwall.

Tickets for this event at the Causley Festival are free and can be booked here.

If you’d like to buy Clare or Jackie’s books, please visit our webshop.

Cormorant takes flight in Lostwithiel

Those of you joining Clare Owen at the mini launch for An Outbreak of Peace at Lost in Books at Lostwithiel tonight are in for a treat – she’s been making snacks to fit with her story, The Cormorant.

Sponsor Solstice Shorts Festival 2017: Dusk

Now into its 4th year, Solstice Shorts Festival champions new writing, bringing short stories and poems read live by actors together with live music, to celebrate the Winter Solstice – the shortest day of the year, and Short Story Day.
Solstice Shorts is run by Arachne Press.
Because of that link to the shortest day, the theme of the event has always been time, and this year we are branching out from our Greenwich base (on the Prime Meridian) to hold Dusk events on twelve sites across the UK.

Scotland: Ellon (near Aberdeen), Inverness
North West: Carlisle, Lancaster, Rossendale
Midlands and Wales: Birmingham, Nottingham, Holyhead
South East: Greenwich
South West: Kelston (near Bristol), Warkleigh (near Barnstaple), Redruth
Venues vary from libraries and bookshops through arts centres and museums to cafes and pubs.

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The live events will be entry by donation, and held exactly as astronomical Dusk occurs, starting in Ellon, 17:07 to 17:54, and finishing in Redruth 17:40 to 18:20. Each site will live stream video of their event creating a murmuration of voices on the internet. These videos will subsequently be edited and made available indefinitely. All the (unpublished) stories, poems and lyrics will be published in a print anthology initially available for sale only to attendees and through Arachne Press’ website, but from June 2018 through normal book retailers and as an e-book.


How Solstice Shorts can help you

Association with an imaginative and far-reaching community event.
Promote your organisation to 12+ communities in the run up to Christmas.
Appear on 6000 fliers 1000 programmes 300 books 60 posters 12 banners
Reach more than 60,000 people through social media, our email campaigns and video links.
Build brand recognition with a diverse collection of people across the UK.

We offer a range of sponsorship and advertising packages. All advertisers and sponsors receive coverage on our website, e-bulletins, Facebook and Twitter pages. Please read on for details and then Contact us to discuss the best ways to show your business’ support for this year’s Solstice Shorts Festival.

Our Partners:


plus Carlisle Patchwork Opera, and Unbroken Cocoon

Literary sponsor £1,500
An opportunity for you to promote your company as a major sponsor of Solstice Shorts Festival and to be listed on all festival editorial as supporting the writers

Full-page advert in Solstice Shorts programme
Solstice Shorts Festival announced as
‘supported by your company’
Logo on all banners, event posters and fliers
Logo on the cover of the anthology and credit inside and in the ebook.
Logo Solstice Shorts 2017 page and Dusk Book Page on Arachne Press website
Credit on all (edited) video links

Major Festival Sponsor £1,000
An opportunity for you to promote your company as a major sponsor of Solstice Shorts Festival and to be listed on all festival editorial

Full-page advert in Solstice Shorts programme
Solstice Shorts Festival announced as
‘supported by your company’

Logo on all banners, event posters and fliers
Logo Solstice Shorts 2017 page on Arachne Press website
Credit on all (edited) video links

Regional Festival Sponsor £500
Half-page advert in Solstice Shorts programme
Logo on banners, event posters and fliers in your region
Logo Solstice Shorts 2017 page on Arachne Press website

Local Festival Sponsor £250
Quarter-page advert in Solstice Shorts programme
Logo on Solstice Shorts banners, event posters & fliers for a single site of your choice
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Our Venues:

Plus Better Read Books, Ellon; The Goose, Birmingham

Programme Advert Specs

Full Page Advert (bleed/non-bleed)

Half Page Advert (horizontal/vertical)

Quarter Page Advert (vertical) 60x95mm

Please supply a high-resolution PDF image containing the completed artwork for your advert.

Booking deadline 10th November 2017
Artwork & copy deadline: 21st November 2017

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Just want to advertise in the programme?
Full Page Advert £450
Half Page Advert (horizontal/vertical) £250
Quarter Page Advert (vertical) £140

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Dusk – A Wave of Words Across the UK: Redruth

The Writers’ Block is an inspirational creative writing space created by Kernow Education Arts Partnership (KEAP) in Redruth, Cornwall, as part of The Story Republic programme. The Writers’ Block offers a range of programmes and activities for schools, families and the community including workshops to inspire reluctant young writers, sessions for vulnerable children and families, and adult creative writing workshops. Amanda Harris and Helen Reynolds at KEAP are highly experienced programmers and project managers, having worked in arts education with great success for over 20 years. KEAP itself has an excellent reputation with schools and partners cultural organisations for high quality developmental arts in education programmes.

Helen Reynolds will lead on the Solstice project, she has 12 years of creating and managing events for KEAP, in a variety of venues and spaces including 300 children and a string quintet at The Eden project; 20 schools and 1000 children in Truro’s City of Lights lantern parade.

Kernow Education Arts Partnership