writing workshops in Lewisham

We’ve teamed up with Lewisham Libraries to run a couple of In Person workshops for writers as part of our 10th Anniversary celebrations. Both are linked to upcoming anthologies, and we are hoping that participants will be inspired to submit (deadline 31st December 2022).

Saturday 12 Nov 3-4.3pm Catford Library 23-24 Winslade Way, Catford Centre, SE6 4JU
Off the beaten track with Cherry Potts
In preparation for an anthology of poems and short fiction Byways – which will be published in Spring 2024, Arachne Press editor Cherry Potts is running a writing workshop for anyone who is interested in the ideas behind the book.
A byway is a right of way that you can’t take a vehicle on – so think alleys, snickets, ginnels, bridlepaths, greenways, the highwater line on a beach, mountain passes, desire paths, tow paths… shortcuts or the scenic route, the path to somewhere else, the familiar and the uncertain.
Are there local paths you always take, or avoid? Come and write with us, and perhaps start something that could end up published! We’ll bring examples and writing prompts, you bring pen/paper or laptop, and… maybe a map? free tickets

Wed 16 Nov 6.45-9.15pm

LIBRARY, DEPTFORD LOUNGE,
9 GIFFIN STREET, LONDON, SE8 4RJ

 

Menopause
In preparation for an anthology of poems and short fiction inspired by the menopause, which will be published in October 2023, Arachne Press owner Cherry Potts and co-editor Catherine Pestano are running a writing workshop for anyone who would like to get involved. Our anthology call out is aimed firmly at older women, lesbians and women from the global majority. Our theme is the menopause, and we are looking for stories, flash and poems that go waaay beyond the empty nest and feelings of sexual redundancy, so come along and explore. We will provide playful writing prompts, examples and discussion including some useful facts about the menopause, you provide the imagination. Bring pen/paper or laptop. Free Tickets

Catherine Pestano is a menopause activist, social worker and community musician based in Croydon, South London and offers services through her community interest company Creative Croydon.  Key areas of interest include and the use of music and arts for wellbeing & social justice, Mental health and LGBTQ support. She is lead adviser for the national Song Therapy training and is a long-term member of the natural voice network.

Cherry Potts is a writer and creative writing tutor who runs and edits for Arachne Press.

The Old Woman & Brat at Deptford Lounge

Carrie Cohen is reprising her readings of The Old Woman From Friuli & BRAT at

Deptford Lounge, 5 Giffin Street, SE8 4RQ on 1st July at 11am

For younger readers (5-9, and up to 90 really) Bad tempered dukes, clever counsellors, and really stuborn old women.

For young adults (11-16 plus) outlaws, missing fathers and beggar children in a fantasy novel which is the first of a trilogy.

Deptford Lounge LGBT evening – the video

Following on from our Ealing outing we reprised the show at Deptford Lounge, with a slightly different line up. I still managed to not stand in front of the camera. Hey-ho.

Will Everett reads from Mirror by Cherry Potts

Gloria Sanders reads from Tasting Flight by Catherine Sharpe

Paula Read reads from her own All Change at Canonbury

Sarah Feathers reads from Dara by Jessica Lott

© Arachne Press 2013

LGBT history month event at Deptford Lounge

A specialist night out: Arachne Press writers Cherry Potts and Paula Read will be reading from their own stories and (with help from  actors Sarah Feathers, Will Everett and Gloria Sanders)  stories by Jessica Lott and Catherine Sharpe with a Lesbian or Gay content, from all three Arachne Press collections: All Change at Canonbury from Stations, Leaving from London Lies and Mirror, Tasting Flight and Dara from Lovers’ Lies.

Deptford Lounge, 9 Giffin Street SE8 4RW

7pm Monday 11th February 2013

Katy Darby – The Horror, the video

Katy delighted audiences at both The Stations Launch at the Brunel Museum and at Deptford Lounge, this video snippet is from Deptford, as the video for the launch is technically speaking not very good!  This is what you missed, if you weren’t there.

You will be able to compare Katy’s performance with another tonight, as Katy is double booked, and Gloria Sanders is going to read for her at Brick Lane Bookshop, 7pm. (nearest Overground Shoreditch High Street)

The Readings Kit – addendum

A well organised publisher on her way to a reading also takes:

Lots of nice pens for the authors to sign the books with

and the book stands.

and carrier bags to  make it possible for people to buy and carry away four copies at a time…

A small hint to join us at Deptford Lounge tonight at 7pm for the Stations whistle-stop tour of the Overground. eight stories (extracts!!) in 90 minutes. It is officially publication date today!

Big thank you to the huge crowd who turned out at Canvas & Cream last night and bought all the copies of Stations I had with me. Taking a larger stock tonight, which means A. has to act as sherpa too.

And finally! A reminder that the Launch is at the Brunel Museum this Sunday at 12.30.

Deptford Lounge Stations reading – box office now open

Book your FREE ticket for the local launch of Stations. 29th November, Deptford Lounge Giffin Street SE8 (Please note, booking online seems to be a bit tiresome. Strongly recommend use of the phone! 020 8692 4446)

An evening of short sharp bursts of fiction.
Loads of local authors – lots of excerpts from local stories.

Think of it as a metaphorical 100 metre relay as we sprint down the Overground line dropping in on Stations as we go.

And the Prize? You get to buy a copy of the book, and we get to meet you – what more could we ask?

This event is free but you DO need to book!

Representing North of the river:

Katy Darby (Shoreditch High Street)
Bartle Sawbridge (Shadwell)
Adrian Gantlope (Surrey Quays)
Ellie Stewart (Wapping)

And South:

David Bausor (New Cross)
Rosalind Stopps (Brockley)
Paula Read (Honor Oak)
Joan Taylor-Rowan (Anerley)

Flier for Deptford Lounge readings

Please note, booking online at the Albany is a bit tiresome. Strongly recommend use of the phone!

Stations Reading at Deptford Lounge

Stations Cover. Image copyright Gail Brodholt

Our second reading for Stations, in honour of New Cross, will be at the Library at Deptford Lounge, a short walk from New Cross Station.

Library
9 Deptford Lounge,
Giffin Street
SE8 4RW

Thursday 29th November 2012 7-8.30pm

(Although free, you need to book via the Albany 020 8692 4446)

As this is on actual publication day it is in effect our Local Launch so we are aiming at quite a few writers, all reading shorter snippets, so the line up is:

David Bausor (New Cross)
Rosalind Stopps (Brockley)
Paula Read (Honor Oak)
Joan Taylor-Rowan (Anerley)
Adrian Gantlope (Surrey Quays) Getting Adrian to speak in public is a major event, you won’t want to miss it!

Ellie Stewart (Wapping)
Bartle Sawbridge (Shadwell)
Katy Darby (Shoreditch High Street)

Join us for a whirlwind tour of the Overground by way of a foreign student’s first taste of South London, a brief encounter at Brockley, homelessness and homebaking, a lesson the birds and bees, transience by the Thames, failing to learn from beetles and film makers in East London.