A perfect time to announce the contributors to our upcoming anthology, What Meets the Eye? The Deaf Perspective…
John Kefala Kerr
Lisa Kelly (Editor)
Mary-Jayne Russell de Clifford
Melanie Jayne Ashford
Raymond Antrobus (Preface)
Sarah O Adedeji
Sophie Stone (editor)
The book is due out in September and will be accompanied by BSL videos for every piece. All the contributors are Deaf, deaf or hard of hearing, and some of the submissions were received in BSL, so there will be translation going on in both directions.
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Arachne Press is planning an anthology of fiction and poetry by Deaf and hard-of-hearing writers, which will be produced as a printed book, an eBook and a series of videos. The eBook will contain links to the videos, which will also be on the Arachne Website, and probably YouTube.
Our editors are Lisa Kelly (co-editor of Magma 69, The Deaf Issue; co-Chair of Magma Poetry, first collection A Map Towards Fluency published by Carcanet) and Sophie Stone (RADA trained Actor, Writer: Paine’s Plough, The Bunker, BBC Radio 3 and Co-founder of DH Ensemble theatre Co)
We have chosen the theme of movement, to fit with our overarching theme for this year and next, of ‘maps and mapping.’
You can interpret this however you want, and we’ve been thinking about movement as communication and connection, mobility, and stillness, being moved emotionally, movement within and after Lockdown, freedom of movement, and being part of a political movement – so we are open to all your ideas… Except! NO Erotica, horror, gratuitous violence, sexism, racism, or homophobia.
We actively encourage submissions from underrepresented voices, including ethnically diverse writers, LGBTQ writers, writers with experience of multiple socio-economic deprivation and women writers.
You can apply in written English, or by video in BSL, SSE or whatever UK based form of sign you wish; or in writing and sign. We will pay royalties, and there will also be paid work translating/performing the BSL output from this project.
We will be translating everything that arrives signed into English, and we will also be translating everything that arrives written, into BSL. We will discuss with you in detail so that we get these translations right.
If your work is chosen and you want to do the signed version yourself, it will depend on the state of lockdown, and on your own technical skills with a camera; we will do our best, but we don’t want to put anyone at risk. If you don’t want to sign your own work, or it isn’t possible due to lockdown etc, we will use a signing Deaf actor/translator.
For the submission just use a phone to video yourself and send us a file no bigger than 400mb. If your file is larger, let us know and we will arrange an alternative method.
You can send us one story of up to 2000 words/15 minutes of signing, and up to 3 poems around 650 words/5 minutes each which total up to 2000 words/15 minutes of signing, or 1 poem and 1 story.
We would prefer that the work be unpublished, but if you have published something that is a perfect fit, we will consider it, provided you hold the copyright.
This year’s Solstice Shorts Festival (21st December) is running at (Astronomical) DUSK once the sun has gone down but there’s still some light, until it’s good and gone. On 21st December Dusk starts in the UK in the far NE (Shetland) at 16:53 and finishes in the far South West (Cornwall) at 18:21, taking between 40 and 50 minutes depending where you are. We want the performances to match this exactly, and to have a live link up (Facebook, Youtube…I’m going on a course!) – so that Cornwall wouldn’t start reading until Shetland had almost finished (supposing we can get someone in Shetland interested) and all the other performances will overlap, so that somewhere in the ether we are all reading/singing together, like a murmuration of starlings… with (probably) one or two each of songs, stories and poems at each venue.
So that’s between 20 and 26 stories/poems/songs in total to be chosen.
We now have several sites confirmed, and we will be celebrating the end of the shortest day of the year in:
ELLON (near ABERDEEN), INVERNESS, CARLISLE, LANCASTER, ROSSENDALE, ANGLESEY, BIRMINGHAM, NOTTINGHAM, GREENWICH
almost definitely BARNSTAPLE, REDRUTH
possibly STOKE, HARTLEPOOL,
We are talking to people in BRISTOL, and still looking for someone in SHETLAND or ORKNEY and it would be great if someone in EAST ANGLIA would offer. Much more information at https://arachnepress.com/solstice-shorts/dusk-solstice-shorts-2017/
All of this is subject to our getting our funding application approved. We are crowd funding now (closes 2nd October), and have just had a very positive meeting with the Arts Council and have started the funding applicationfor that immediately (this will take at least 8 weeks for a decision to come through).
Story & PoetrySubmissions will be long-listed anonymously by up to 5 of the organisers, and then shortlisted using where people are geographically, to help balance the material across sites. SO DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME ON YOUR ACTUAL STORY/POEM/SONG, only on the form/ cover letter. If your name is visible we will not consider your work.
Please Note – We would be VERY grateful if you could submit early – we need some confirmed writers to be able to fill in the arts council application WELL, and as we are now planning to try to get the anthology out in a pre-publication version for the event, we will have to move at the speed of light, and that means we will longlist as things come in.
Submissions from writers and musicians of short pieces on the theme of DUSK. You can interpret that how you like, but if we don’t recognise a connection your work won’t be chosen.- Plus a covering letter, saying who you are, what you’ve written/had published/performed/ recorded before, and MOST importantly, where you are.
This will be a UK only call out this time because of the structure of what we have planned.
For absolute clarity, these are works suitable for performance, story, poem or song, and please no death or dementia stories we’ve read SO many of those (and been offended by inaccuracy in the dementia ones) that no matter how wonderful, it’s a case of ‘not another one!’ Songs: Traditional or original please! (We aren’t interested in covers of work still in copyright) And… Relevant to Dusk.
Between 3 and 5 minutes for preference, absolute maximum 10 minutes. We would prefer the musicians among you to be able to perform at your most local venue yourselves (wherever that ultimately is). Musicians: we aren’t a recording company so we can’t offer anything on those lines, but if anyone knows someone who can, put us in touch. We will publish original lyrics alongside the poems and stories, and we have a cunning plan for audio books which if it comes off will need some occasional music so there may be future opportunities.
Stories: No more than 1500 words please, we are tight for time. No minimum. Poems: We like a narrative, but hate the rhythms that often go with them. (Haiwatha- aargh!) Surprise us. You can go long with this, but don’t exceed 1000 words. No minimum.
Successful stories & poems will be performed by actors, and will go forward to next year’s Dusk anthology (provisional publication date 21st June, for the Summer Solstice), for which 2 copies of the book plus royalties will be paid. (option to take royalty in books, with this many contributors it will be a very small royalty unless the book really takes off.)
All Entries in English (or BSL for a story/poem) or Welsh/Gaelic/Kernewek (with a translation as well please) and your own unaided original and UNPUBLISHED work.
We welcome stories/ poems from Deaf writers. If you want to submit in BSL you can send us a video. AVI, MP4, WMA, MOV. Musicians and blind writers. You can submit using audio files. MP3 or WAV.
I can’t believe I forgot to put anything up on the website! I did a newsletter, put up the individual book pages, then got on with the work that results from good news! Anyway…
After what turned out to be months of form-filling we have secured Arts Council Funding for this year’s Solstice Shorts Festival, and the next four books, including taking them on tour, and for four sessions of The Story Sessions (more later!).
We do have to raise some money ourselves – brace yourselves for more Crowd Funds – you can also help by becoming a FRIEND of Arachne.
This year’s Solstice Shorts Festival (21st December) once again falls on a weekday, so we are taking that SHORT thing and making it really curt and to the point. and our Subject is SHORTEST DAY.
FLASH fiction and poetry up to an absolute Maximum of 1000 words, and we like shorter for preference, so make every word count. We will only have a couple of hours so your story/poem needs to be short, sweet and absolutely sparkle.
We are going a bit experimental this year, so we are also looking for MUSIC, original and without words, or traditional with words that fits the theme; and what we are going to do is invite people to respond to each other – so writers to musicians and vice versa, so the call out will be in two parts. (Are you still with me?)
THIS first call out ends on Midsummer’s day 21st June. We will pick some work at that point, and then we will invite you to submit again, based on your inspirations from each other, with a deadline of 21st September. Don’t worry about the second bit yet, just letting you know you get a second go.
Final chosen stories and poems will in addition to being performed at the festival, join last year’s magnificent Longest Night stories and poems in an anthology to be published in time for the festival; Shortest Day, Longest Night
Story and Poem entries: in English and your own unaided original and UNPUBLISHED work.
Writers can come from anywhere in the world, as we will have actors perform your work.
Songs can be any language, but we would prefer the musicians among you to be able to perform at the Festival in London yourselves.
ADDITIONAL heads up! We welcome stories/ poems from Deaf writers. If you want to submit in BSL (and it does need to be BRITISH sign language, Sorry) you can send us a video. AVI, MP4, WMA, MOV.
We also welcome entries from blind writers. You can submit using audio files, MP3 or WAV.