last chance to see…

Our Cover Artists Exhibition at Lauderdale House closes soon, your last chance to see the pictures ‘in the flesh’ is this Sunday. There have been modest sales, but we’d really like all the artists to go away with at least one picture sold. They are a brilliant, diverse lot, and the exhibition looks terrific (though I say it myself, who curated and hung most of it!)

If you are thinking, I can’t possibly afford a piece of original art, then two of the artists have limited edition books with their illustrations in, for a very modest sum, which will obviously be an investment for when they are famous… more info in the catalogue

Obviously you can buy direct from the artists at any time, contact details for all of them here but there is something about seeing their work together, on the wall, that is rather special!

Ed Boxall

Ed Boxall

Annie Rickard Straus

Annie Rickard Straus

Karen Keogh

Karen Keogh

Zoe Ann Lee

Zoe Ann Lee

Melina Traub

Melina Traub

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Kevin Threlfall

VIP invitation to the Launch of The Other Side of Sleep

Invitation to the Launch of The Other Side of Sleep

Osos launch invitation copySupport our crowd fund campaign for Solstice Shorts Festival by £15.00 or more and get an Invitation to the combined launch of The Other Side of Sleep Arachne Press’ first Poetry anthology, and the private view of our exhibition of artwork from our cover artists, From London Lies to the Other Side of Sleep.

In the Long Gallery at Lauderdale House in Highgate, 1st October 7.30pm, your invitation will include at least one glass of wine, plus chatting with poets and artists, and a copy of the book signed by the cover artist, Zoe Lee and as many of the poets as are there on the night, and any others who are at the Oxford reading the night before.

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Cover Chosen for Lovers’ Lies

It was a tough decision and we would like to thank everyone who put in an entry, But the winner is Annie Rickard Straus, and her delightful goldfish bowl.

copyright Annie Rickard Straus

copyright Annie Rickard Straus

This won’t be the absolute final version of the cover, but it will look very similar.

Lovers’ Lies Cover – Authors vote

So, interesting! Here are the Authors’ top six covers for Lovers’ Lies, in no particular order with the names of the artists. No cross over! Some of the same authors but different designs.

29 B/W couple back to back Harry Williams

29 B/W couple back to back Harry Williams

8 goldfish bowl Annie Rickard Straus

8 goldfish bowl Annie Rickard Straus

16 cats like fish Angela Trentin

16 cats like fish Angela Trentin

20 paint blotches Michaela Gajdikova

20 paint blotches Michaela Gajdikova

3/21 woman blowing notes away Melina Traub

3/21 woman blowing notes away Melina Traub

21 floating hair/fins  'goldfish' Penelope Mazza

21 floating hair/fins ‘goldfish’ Penelope Mazza

Voting for Lovers’ Lies Covers

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I managed to leave some designs off yesterday – they are there now,  Apologies to the artists I missed – there are so many designs some of them got into the Mosaic folder by mistake.  If your design is still missing it may be because the design did not meet the brief, or because it is unsuitable for public display. If this is the case I will be in touch. I thought at first the votes had been lost, but they havent.so need to try to vote again.

Mosaic of Air designs are now up.

Love is in the Air

Announcing the authors and stories included in Lovers’ Lies, our next collaboration with Liars’ League, which will be out at the end of January, together with a reprint of my twenty-year-old collection Mosaic of Air.

A Time and Place Unknown Jason Jackson
Alternative Navigations Nichol Wilmor
By The Horns Darren Lee
Cages Swinging Tom Conoboy
Dara Jessica Lott
For Your Ears Only Bartle Sawbridge
Games I’ve played Nathan Good
How to Survive the Olympics with a Broken Heart Rosalind Stopps
Surf and Turf Mi L. Williams
Mirror Cherry Potts
Monsieur Fromage Rosalind Stopps
Mrs. Murdoch & Mr. Smith Peter Higgins
Painter and Physicist Tania Hershman
Sacred Duty Mexican Mothers Michael McLaughlin
Skin Deep Michelle Shine
Something Missing Bobbie Darbyshire
Speaking in Tongues Rebecca Gould
Takeaway Emma Henderson
Tasting Flight Catherine Sharpe
Things Rob Cox
This Isn’t Heat Richard Smyth
Under the Influence Claire Sandling

Keep an eye out for more info on the authors as we upload it.

Typesetting is almost finished and proofs will be going out to the authors by the end of the week.

Cover designs have started coming in, and there are some wonderful, and some weird & wonderful, interpretations of the brief. (Katy! Have Liars’ League done a Weird & Wonderful theme yet?)  In fact, some covers could (with tweaking of the text elements) do for either book, and we will consider them under both headings. Sadly, some artists have not read the brief, and will have to be excluded for not meeting the basic criteria. The deadline, if you are planning of putting in  a cover design entry is 8am THIS SATURDAY!

Enquiries for Lovers’ Lies Cover competition hit 100

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Yes, 100 artist/designers  have asked about the competition to design the covers for our next two books, Lovers’ Lies and Mosaic of Air.

Some people have sent links to their websites or portfolio attachments, and there’s a wide range of styles out there. It’s very exciting, and distracting, I’m supposed to be doing the expenses darn it and people keep wafting art across my computer screen!

We will post the entries as soon after the 1st December Deadline as possible, and you can then vote to choose a shortlist of 6 for each title.  Then its down to the authors to choose the winners.