With Great Power… a BSL translation

For No Spider Harmed in the Making of this Book, regular contributor to Arachne anthologies, Helen Morris, takes the Spiderman origin myth and gives it a spin. BSL translation by Marcel Hirshman.

Helen was one of the first winners of the Solstice Shorts Competition. We are currently crowdfunding for this year’s festival and anthology, Tymes goe by Turnes. We have some lovely unusual rewards, and some nice standard T shirt/ Book/ Badge type things, If you felt like supporting us you can do so over on Pay it Forward.

Music for Solstice Shorts

It isn’t ALL stories and poems, we have music too. here is a little taster from Kevan Taplin one of three muscians we will be working with at the Festival.

For Solstice Shorts 2020, Singer-Songwriter Kevan Taplin responds to our source poem for this year’s festival, Tymes goe by Turnes by Robert Southwell, with a song that takes the poem as a springboard. This is just an extract from the demo Kevan sent us. We are crowdfunding – help us reach our target and hear the rest of the song on 21st December!

Tymes goe by Turnes Crowdfund reward: Supporter T-shirt

There will only ever be as many of these T-shirts as there are people ordering them. The more people order, the more money we make per T-shirt that can go towards the festival. This design is the cover of the anthology, as designed by Kevin Threlfall.

We will get them printed after the end of the campaign, so they should be available by 1st Dec 2020

Unisex, short sleeves, sizes tend to be a bit small, so you might want to order a size larger than normal.

Select reward £25 or more

Tymes Goe By Turnes T Shirt

 

Tymes goe by Turnes Crowdfund reward: Supporter T-shirt

Tshirt design for websiteThere will only ever be as many of these T-shirts as there are people ordering them. The more people order, the more money we make per T-shirt that can go towards the festival. This design is unique to these shirts, we don’t use it for the official merchandise for the festival, so when you wear it, you will be instantly identifiable as the special, generous person that you are! We are aiming at 20, but will definitely not make more than 50. We will get them printed after the end of the campaign, so they should be available by 1st Dec 2020

Unisex, short sleeves, sizes tend to be a bit small, so you might want to order a size larger than normal.

Select reward £25 or more

Solstice Shorts Supporter T Shirt

 

Video for crowdfunding DUSK

Video

We got a more comprehensive video about our plans for DUSK and the crowdfund,

And… we are crowdfunding! taking Solstice Shorts Festival across the UK

Help us reach our funding target of £2000, (to match fund Arts Council application) to take Solstice Shorts live and online for Dusk on 21st December 2017. Live Stories, Poems and Songs from (at least) Inverness to (at least) Bath, and a live link-up.

Another of those almost-crazy ideas. A miniature 45 minute festival in as many places as possible starting in the north-east (where Dusk starts first) and finishing in the south-west (where it ends last.)

You can browse the rewards and the plans on Kickstarter. We have some really special offers this year, and our authors have really got involved, offering experiences and hand-made items and sage advice!

We’re Crowdfunding!

Help us raise our Arts Council match funding, to finish what we’ve started with Solstice Shorts and our first two books of this batch. We are out on Tour, doing two more books, and hosting the Story Sessions. If those are things you want to support, we’d LOVE you to help! Go to KICKSTARTER and explore what’s on offer

Update on Midsummer Night…

Keeping fingers firmly crossed for delicious weather, the banner is up and we only need to raise another £15 to be able to pay our performers, so if anyone would like to contribute to the crowd fund, the link is here. While I was looking for the link to copy, we hit our target! We could still do with more as we now have 2 more performers…

midsummer banner in situ2 midsummer banner in situWe have a late addition to the programme, Carolyn Eden (whose work we featured in Liberty Tales) has offered us an award-winning sketch based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Crown Versus Crown in which the dispute between Oberon & Titania reaches court, where arguments are put in doggerel. With very little persuasion we’ve roped in Cliff Chapman (another long-time collaborator) and Mike Eden to fill out our cast to sufficient numbers.

We are thinking about strawberries on the lawn… whatever the weather it will be a lot of fun.

 

Stretching the #Outcome Crowd Fund target

6 days to go and already we’ve reached our crowd fund target. Tom (our photographer) and I have had a conversation about what we can reasonably stretch to.

SO feeling rather cheeky, but we’ve costed out printing up and mounting A1 copies of 80  for the launch exhibition, many of which would be reused in the touring exhibition.

Shockingly wide variation depending on how we approach it, but we are confident we can do it to the quality we need for £840.

Rather than just sit back we would like go all out to see if we can reach this additional target in the next 6 days!

If you would like to help us reach this further target the crowdfund is here.

Lots of treats available.

Exhibiting Outcome at Student Pride (A2)
Exhibiting Outcome at Student Pride (A2)

Outcome Kickstarter crowdfund live

Want to help create a little bit of LGBT history?

We are fundraising for the money to produce our first photographic book, Outcome.

9781909208261 

If you would like to help, go to our Kickstarter campaign and pledge us some money.

If you haven’t any money, but you have a studio space we can use, an exhibition space we can exhibit in, or you are LGBT yourself and would like to be involved in the project, that all helps too.

The most immediately obvious thing is to pre-order a copy of the book, you can ONLY do this via the crowd fund, as, if we don’t raise the money we can’t do the book, and that’s that.

However we are also offering photo shoots with photographer Tom Dingley, signed copies of Tom’s brilliant shot of Peter Tatchell

Peter Tatchell

invitations to the launch, and an array of Arachne Press’ other titles. We hope to have other options available soon to entice you. The crowd fund ends on March 17th.

 

Thanks!