We are crowdfunding for Solstice Shorts Noon

I hate asking people for money, but at least Crowd funding can be fun, and the generosity of our authors in coming up with novel rewards is a constant pleasure.

We hope to announce our final line up of stories and poems tomorrow, but in the mean time…

This is a fast crowd fund, less than a fortnight to go already, so please, if you are thinking of supporting this year’s Solstice Shorts, Noon, don’t dawdle! We didn’t try to get arts council funding this year (to be honest still recovering from last year’s epic fundraising) so the festival is modest, locally funded as far as possible, and short – Noon, after all, despite how long it takes a clock to strike 12, is only a second long, blink and you missed it. So please don’t blink!

Because we are on 6 sites (Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Carlisle, Ynys Mon, London and Cork) there will still be a book, which will be published on 21st March – for the spring equinox, and this is one of the rewards:

If you would like to preorder a copy of this book, or buy one of the previous solstice shorts books

head over to the crowd fund on kickstarter.

Yay! Dusk Crowd fund target hit in 2 days

Note to self: tell lots of people about a crowdfund before it goes live, because this is what happens when you do! £1063 in two days. About £150 of that will go on fees and fulfilling the rewards and postage, so we have around £900 to put into the match funding. Thank you to our fantastic backers and to all the people who volunteered their time and skills to create the rewards.

HOWEVER there are still 12 days before the Kickstarter project expires, so if you want to help get this project on the road, you can still contribute – and we would love you to, because if we don’t get the Arts Council funding, we’ll need every penny to manage a shoestring version where we pay only expenses and have to charge entry.

Of course if we do get the Arts Council funding, we will want to add an important aspect to the project, and pay the writers a ‘performance fee’, which might be a prize. We are still working out the logistics of it, but if we have enough money it is definitely an important part of what we do as a publisher trying to support writers, and an events organiser trying to promote writing. (We always pay royalties, but that is a] dependent on book sales and b] tiny when split between 20 plus contributors.)

If you are thinking about helping out I’m afraid you’ve already missed out on the original oil painting, the hand-made book workshop, the bespoke stories and the cake.

SO a refresh on what is available:

A weekend in Scotland!!!

Only one available/left

weekend in Scottish highlands
purple prose pouch
Signed copy of Outcome
Haiku Critique
Matchbook stories
In the Wild Wood (signed)
Running before the Wind
Ticket to Ride CD




Limited availability:
Signed books
allotment tea
Fiction critique






As many as you like

T-shirts, mugs, books, audiobook

Arachne5 mug




New crowd fund reward – Running before the Wind

Support our DUSK crowd fund  and get an anthology of sea poems

One of our poets, Joy Howard has offered a copy of a book she edited:
Running Before the Wind, Poems about the Sea (Grey Hen Press)

This anthology of contemporary poems covers every aspect of our sometimes conflicting relationship with the unbiddable two-thirds of our planet.

‘A wind-shaken, salt-laden, heartload of poems by women, and not a dead fish among them. I have lived within sight of the sea all my life, and this is the most enjoyable anthology I have read on this subject’. Gillian Clarke

Crowd funding for Dusk – the T-shirts

Everyone loves a t-shirt, well most people do. We are particularly proud of our latest designs available over on our rejuvenated Crowd Fund 

to support this year’s Solstice Shorts Festival: Dusk

for £16 plus postage the black T, sporting our DUSK logo.

Dusk T-shirt

or for £15 plus postage, our #Arachne5 T, featuring all 18 of our books so far, arranged into a no-nonsense ‘5‘.

Both these T shirts come up a little small compared to your average T, so order a size larger than normal to be on the safe size. Black in S-XXL, White in S-XXXL

Arachne5 t- shirt

Dusk Crowd Fund nearing its end

A little recap…

We have a lovely idea: A Wave of words across the UK, like a murmuration of starlings, at Dusk, on the shortest day of the year.

We have 12 sites: Ellon (near Aberdeen), Inverness, Carlisle, Lancaster, Rossendale, Anglesey, Birmingham, Nottingham, Greenwich, Bristol, Warkleigh (near Barnstaple), Redruth.

We have a few stories, a couple of songs, and lots of poems already (your deadline is just over a month away but we are getting twitchy, SUBMIT NOW!)

And not enough money. Our Crowd fund expired on the 3rd with out making its target so we shoved it back up with a revised (lower) target and shorter deadline, and will you look at that! almost there already, but we still need help! SPREAD THE WORD please!!!.

It would be magnificent to see people waking up to the cornucopia of delights we have on offer and helping us hit our target – unlikely, but magnificent.

Here’s a quick reminder of what’s on offer trundle over to Kickstarter to find out more, but hurry!  You only have until 3pm on Wednesday 18th October. (There’s more on offer, but not everything translates to visuals!)

Crowdfund rewards for readers


Pledge £5 or more in our Crowd fund to support the Solstice Shorts Festival 2017 (Dusk) and get one of our #Arachne5 booksthe first 5 books we published:

Or all of them for £25!

Arachne Books as crowd fund rewards for DUSK

Readers: Pledge £10 or more in our Crowd fund to support the Solstice Shorts Festival 2017 (Dusk) and get …An Arachne Book

It’s what we do! Have a book, why not? Perfect presents for your reading friends.


Short Stories

  • Liberty Tales
  • Shortest Day Longest Night
  • Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed
  • Solstice Shorts: 16 stories about time



  • With Paper for Feet
  • The Don’t Touch Garden
  • Foraging
  • The Other Side of Sleep


Young Adult Fantasy Novels

  • Devilskein & Dearlove
  • Brat


Books from Frances Gapper – Crowd fund rewards for Dusk

I keep saying how generous our authors are – they really are! With 4 days to go here’s another offer for you. Head over to our crowd fund to support the Solstice Shorts Festival 2017 (Dusk) to take advantage. There is only one of each of these.

Pledge £15 or more for a Signed copy of  ‘In The Wild Wood’

Arachne Author Frances Gapper is offering a signed copy of her new collection of short stories In the Wild Wood (Published by Cultured Llama)








Pledge £16 or more for a copy of  ‘Matchbook Stories 4’

Another offer from Frances: a copy of TINY collection of short stories Matchbook Stories 4 (Published by Ex Machina) which includes one by her. It isn’t quite as little as a matchbook, but not far off – Not signed as it is still sealled in its shrink wrap.

DUSK Crowd fund rewards especially for writers

Here’s another couple of offers for you. This one is for WRITERS

Head over to our crowd fund to support the Solstice Shorts Festival 2017 (Dusk) to get your hands on these offers from two of our very talented writers:

Pledge £20 or more for a Haiku critique

Arachne author Lee Nash is offering to critique up to 5 Haiku

Pledge £50 or more for a Fiction Critique from Katy Darby

Katy Darby is co-editor of our Three ‘Lies’ books and runs Live Lit event Liars’ League. She is also a novelist published by Penguin, writing teacher at City, former editor of Litro short story magazine and judge of this year’s Cambridge Short Story Prize.
She will give you a professional critique of your fiction at £50 for 5000 words – (Electronic delivery ONLY, please don’t send paper) so if you want her to critique something longer, pledge more times! OPTION: personal face-to-face critique (30 min) in London for an extra £25 as an add-on: you can pledge more than the £50 through the site, just let us know that’s what you want.


The Book of Dusk – Crowd fund reward!

With 7 days to go here’s another super-duper offer for you. A week! We need your help! This one is Really Special

Head over to our crowd fund and Pledge £10 or more to support the Solstice Shorts Festival 2017 (Dusk) to get your hands on…


It may not have that title, but you get the idea. We don’t actually want to get mistaken for Phillip Pullman.

A copy of the anthology that will be published including all the chosen stories and poems, and the lyrics of any original songs that get chosen. Paperback, B format, notch bound, 80 gsm wood free paper. Cover will utilise our DUSK logo. No idea just yet how many pages – probably around 160. This will be put together at the speed of light as soon as we’ve chosen the material and we aim to have it ready for the events, but it WON’T be available in the shops until June – so you will be getting a very pre-publication copy, so hot off the press it sizzles.