The Story Sessions Beastly Tales Videos

So we started with the smallest animal and worked up, Rat with messages, Dogs creating mayhem, a Tiger in an eclipse, an Elephant imprisoned, and the death of an Icon.

Big thanks to our author-readers who all did a storming job, and to our audience for laughing and lovely feedback. Here are some snippets of video for those of you who missed it.

Liam Hogan: Rat


Esther Saxey: Come Back Early or Never Come


Anand Modha: Tyger


David McGrath: The Elephant in the Tower


Rob Shearman: A Joke in 4 Panels


The Story Sessions TONIGHT Beastly Tales with Robert Shearman

Special Guest Robert Shearman (who wrote one of the top 50 Doctor Who episodes of all time), reads A Joke In Four Panels.
Liam Hogan reads Rat
Esther Saxey reads Come Back Early or Never Come
Anand Modha reads Tyger
David McGrath, reads The Elephant in the Tower

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 from 19:00 (for 19:30) to 21:30
Cafe of Good Hope
216 Hither Green Lane
SE13 6RT

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Get your ticket on EventBrite or on the door. £3

Tiger yawning

Tales from the mouths of creatures, great and small – dogs, elephants, tigers, rats and more.

Who is really man’s best friend?

Opportunities to chat with the authors, buy books, and other delicacies we might bring along, And of course to join in with Flash from the Floor – come prepared or write in the interval – 100 words fiction or poetry on the subject of animals.

Food and drink available to buy, so no need to rush your dinner.

Hope to see you there.

The Story Sessions – Haunting Tales for Hallowe’en – video

So, Hallowe’en, or nearly, and we got together in The Ivy House to tell stories…

V.G. Lee told us a nasty story of revenge, The Passing Guest (from her collection As You Step Outside)  and a ‘true story’ of exorcism.

David Mildon gave us a ghastly take on the lengths to which some people will go in order to forget – in his Weird Lies contribution, Worms’ Feast which puts joining the foreign legion in the shade.

Cherry Potts showed us who a young girl might have been had she grown up, in Eye of the Beholder.

and David McGrath told us about Fanditha men and murderous coconuts in Arresting Coconuts. (Language warning!)

Fabian Acker was our first Testbed volunteer, bringing a brand new piece for the audience to provide feedback as part of the editing process.

If you would like to take part in a Testbed at a future Story Session, get in touch.

Mosaic of Air & Weird Lies Fantasy Launch – video

Videos from Saturday night’s sell out (had we been charging) event at Misty Moon.

Cherry Potts reads from Penelope is No Longer Waiting (Mosaic of Air)

and for Weird Lies:

David McGrath reads from The Elephant in the Tower

Angela Trevithick reads from Fuzzby & Coo

Cliff Chapman reads from Rebecca J Payne‘s Hollow Man

Alistair Lock reads from Tom McKay‘s What does H2O feel like to the Tadpoles?

Weird Lies Fantasy reading at Misty Moon

Here are some photos from the reading which formed the second half of our launch activities for Weird Lies and Mosaic of Air, to a capacity audience (hurrah!) at Misty Moon last night.

Cherry Potts (who read Penelope is No Longer Waiting from Mosaic of Air)  is missing from these as she was taking the pictures (copyright etc, etc). Hoping the other camera person in the room is willing to share (hello, John).

From Weird Lies, Angela Trevithick read her own take on the Rapunzel story, Fuzzby & Coo, David McGrath read his (based on fact) story, The Elephant in the Tower; Rebecca J Payne‘s story of hunger, manners and demons Hollow Man was read by Cliff Chapman, and Alistair Lock read Tom McKay‘s What Does H2O Feel like to the Tadpoles? which is a very strange story indeed.

Weird Lies and Mosaic of Air Live Readings This Saturday

Mistymoon flier2After a fabulous evening on Tuesday (it’s taken me this long to recover!) our next event is at Misty Moon, 80 Ladywell Road (behind the Ladywell Tavern) SE13 7HS. 7.30 for 8, til about 10. Free!

Readings from both books:

Angela Trevithick: Fuzzby and Coo

Cherry Potts: Penelope is No Longer Waiting

Rebecca J Payne Hollow Man (read by Cliff Chapman)

Tom McKay: What does H2O feel like to the Tadpoles? (read by Alastair Lock)

David McGrath: The Elephant in the Tower

We are hoping some of the other authors will be present, so that you can collect lots of signatures to turn a wonderful book into a collector’s item, but Cherry Angela & David will definitely sign any book put in front of them.

Pop up bar, books to buy at special launch prices, free ‘Books are my Bag’ bag to stuff full of said books, and assorted other (modest)  freebies, including our prized handmade badges.

Come along, tell your friends – bring your friends.

Haunting Tales for Halloween

Halloween TalesA6We are hosting a free live literature event at London’s first co-operatively owned pub, The Ivy House. A beautiful traditional pub building almost next to Nunhead cemetery… Join VG Lee, David McGrath, David Mildon and Cherry Potts for an interactive evening of spooky live literature – think folk club with books. The audience is invited to contribute 100 word on-theme flash fiction (or poetry – but still 100 words) in the flash from the floor spot. Books sales in the interval – free ‘Books are my Bag’ bags to haul away all your Halloween book treats.

Possibility of a ‘work in progress’ spot for a brave author who would like to try out a fresh piece of writing on an audience. if you are interested in this slot, or in being an invited author at this or a future event, get in touch.

This is the first of two booked events at the Ivy House, if it goes well it could become a regular fixture. Come along and support the first community owned pub in London, and live literature!

Wednesday 30th October 7:30 for 8, hearses at 10.

The Ivy House
40 Stuart Road
SE15 3BE

Fantasy Tales at Misty Moon

Mistymoon flier2Join us for fantastical stories based on myth, fairytale, philosophy and, scarily (if loosely), fact.

Saturday 5th October Misty Moon Gallery, behind the Ladywell Tavern, 80 Ladywell Road, SE13 7HS

An informal event with readings of the more fantastical stories from Mosaic of Air and Weird Lies.

We will be reading:

Rebecca J Payne Hollow Man (read by Cliff Chapman)

Tom McKay: What does H2O feel like to the Tadpoles? (read by Alastair Lock)

Cherry Potts: Penelope is No Longer Waiting

David McGrath: The Elephant in the Tower

Angela Trevithick: Fuzzby and Coo

Spread the Word Towersey Timetable

For anyone coming to Towersey who wants to join us for snappy stories and sultry poems, or to try out our writing workshop, here are the details (you will also get an opportunity to buy copies of Arachne’s two new titles, Mosaic of Air by Cherry Potts and Weird Lies which includes a story by David McGrath, Hot off the Press!

Friday 23rd August 5pm: Lit in the Ceilidh:
Readings from David McGrath, Cherry Potts and Esther Poyer, plus Debs Newbold and Tom Banks, Compered by Paul ‘Shez’ Sherreard.

Friday 23rd August 6.30pm Spread the Word Workshop, the Hive
Join Paul,  Esther, Cherry and David for a writing workshop looking at voice – narrator, character and dialogue.

Saturday 24th August 6pm Spread the Word Workshop,the Hive
Join Paul,  Esther, Cherry and David for a writing workshop looking at voice – narrator, character and dialogue. (This is a repeat of the Friday workshop!)

Saturday 24th August 10:30 pm Spread the Word Night at the Hive
Two sets of readings from Cherry, Esther and David.

Sunday 25th August 10:15 am Words for Breakfast The Big Club
more different readings from Cherry Esther David and Tom

Sunday 25th August 3.30pm Lit Down the Village Hall
moredifferent  readings from Cherry, Esther, David, Tom and Paul.

Monday 26th August Lit Open Mic 7pm The Hive
Your chance to share your own work, compered by Paul ‘Shez’ Sherreard.

Towersey Taster

Spent all day rehearsing for the Towersey. Hilarious time reading a very short poem in different voices about thirty times in the field behind the Albany. (If you’ve never been out the back at the Albany, there are free-range chickens, they aren’t a very appreciative audience though).

You can listen to Paul Sherread talking about us writers appearing at Towersey Festival over the August Bank Holiday on Oxford Radio, 

A little bit of chat about Cherry Potts and David McGrath from Arachne, and also Esther Poyer. There’s lots more about the Towersey as well, but Paul is on at 2:11:35.