We are crowdfunding! We want to take Jeremy Dixon’s fabulous award winning poetry book A Voice Coming From Thenon the road – we have dates booked, and need some money to pay for travel and accommodation. Sales will never cover this, but it’s an important book and winning the Wales Book of the Year Poetry category means that bookshops are taking some notice. If you’d like to help, you’ll be even more our friends for ever than you are now. If you share the link and persuade people we don’t already know to help, you will be elevated to ‘absolute star’ (or possibly, as Jeremy describes it in his pamphlet, In Retail, ‘Unicorn’ status.)
Rewards include signed books, original artwork, handmade badges, T shirts… It’s a quick fire effort this, we have 20 days to raise £1000all-or-nothing.
Expect to be inundated with nudges to contribute or share. (Not really, we’ll try to keep it below ‘annoying’ level.)
We completely understand that many, many people are having to draw their horns in financially (we are too) but if you can contribute anything, it all adds up, and if you can bring the crowdfund to the attention of friends, family or neighbours feeling less pressured, that also helps!
Continuing the dip into the detail of Time and tide – more first lines, this time from the Stories: Elizabeth Hopkinson, A Madras Crossing: I thought the worst of the voyage was over when we weighed anchor off the coast of Madras. Diana Powell, Ballast: Let me speak to you about the sea… how I always loved it. Diana Powell, Sea Change, There are voices here. Cathy Lennon, Casting The Stones: The party went out of the garden gate and set off along the duckboards. Neil Lawrence, Diaspora: The man with huge whiskers is talking loudly. Juliet Humphreys, Fisherfolk: In Quay Street, when a woman begins to moan with the coming of a child, word goes out. Holly Magee, Granmama’s Paradise: When I was little, I slurred my syllables together. Linda McMullen, The Fisherman’s Wife: When I met my husband, he was a modest clerk at a promising company. Eoghan Hughes, Herr Dressler: I had left the Alma at closing time and was stumbling along the breakwater the first night I saw the light at sea. Pauline Walker, Hingland: Constance was only just beginning to enjoy the voyage. Roppotucha Greenberg, Listen, Noah’s Wife: He’ll install a foghorn to sound every night. Emily Bullock, Man Overboard: All dreams of death can be forgotten on waking, except when under that final sleep from which there is no waking and only a long forgetting. CB Droege, Metharme: I stand at the prow of the ship, one more in a long, long line of ships. Kilmeny Macmichael, Remittance: Sir inform have not received expected amount this first of month reason Barbara Renel, The Professor’s Daughter: Her dad locks the booth and gives her the key. Paul Foy, The Answer, My Friend: It might be that the day takes you down to the beach with your book and wraparound sunglasses, your Beats and that blast-from-the-past playlist that you made when you realised that loss is all about finding again. Rob Walton, The Dowager Duchess Of Berwick-Upon-Tweed: She hated the Dowager bit, and she no longer particularly cared for the Duchess part, but she had not yet decided what to do about any of it. Maria Kyle, The Surgeon’s Mate: ’Tis no easy matter to cut off a man’s leg. Cindy George, The Wreck Of The Kyllikki: Sea coal just washes up on the beach and no one knows where it comes from. Sheila Lockhart, Turquoise: Every morning after breakfast Ibrahim walked down to the perimeter fence to look at the sea.
Our Nottingham partners for DUSK, The fourth Solstice Shorts Festival, are Nottingham Writers’ Studio, a membership organisation for professional writers. They offer space, networking, and creative and professional development opportunities for writers in the Nottinghamshire area. They are hosting and providing the venue at their centre, and will be promoting the call out to the writers they know (in the 200’s)
The Writers’ Studio have lots of experience organising events: they run a year-long programme of courses and workshops, book launches, away-days and external hire events, and also participate in city-wide events such as Light Night, Festival of Literature, Poetry Festival, Being Human, States of Independence and Lowdham Book Festival.