Dusk: Video – Warkleigh – Time Has Its Own Song

Sharon Lazibyrd sings her song composed for the event, Time has Its Own Song, at Courage Copse, Warkleigh, Devon

BSL interpreted by David Wolfenden

Sponsor Solstice Shorts Festival 2017: Dusk

Now into its 4th year, Solstice Shorts Festival champions new writing, bringing short stories and poems read live by actors together with live music, to celebrate the Winter Solstice – the shortest day of the year, and Short Story Day.
Solstice Shorts is run by Arachne Press.
Because of that link to the shortest day, the theme of the event has always been time, and this year we are branching out from our Greenwich base (on the Prime Meridian) to hold Dusk events on twelve sites across the UK.

Scotland: Ellon (near Aberdeen), Inverness
North West: Carlisle, Lancaster, Rossendale
Midlands and Wales: Birmingham, Nottingham, Holyhead
South East: Greenwich
South West: Kelston (near Bristol), Warkleigh (near Barnstaple), Redruth
Venues vary from libraries and bookshops through arts centres and museums to cafes and pubs.

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The live events will be entry by donation, and held exactly as astronomical Dusk occurs, starting in Ellon, 17:07 to 17:54, and finishing in Redruth 17:40 to 18:20. Each site will live stream video of their event creating a murmuration of voices on the internet. These videos will subsequently be edited and made available indefinitely. All the (unpublished) stories, poems and lyrics will be published in a print anthology initially available for sale only to attendees and through Arachne Press’ website, but from June 2018 through normal book retailers and as an e-book.

 

How Solstice Shorts can help you

Association with an imaginative and far-reaching community event.
Promote your organisation to 12+ communities in the run up to Christmas.
Appear on 6000 fliers 1000 programmes 300 books 60 posters 12 banners
Reach more than 60,000 people through social media, our email campaigns and video links.
Build brand recognition with a diverse collection of people across the UK.

We offer a range of sponsorship and advertising packages. All advertisers and sponsors receive coverage on our website, e-bulletins, Facebook and Twitter pages. Please read on for details and then Contact us to discuss the best ways to show your business’ support for this year’s Solstice Shorts Festival.

Our Partners:

 

plus Carlisle Patchwork Opera, and Unbroken Cocoon

Literary sponsor £1,500
An opportunity for you to promote your company as a major sponsor of Solstice Shorts Festival and to be listed on all festival editorial as supporting the writers

Full-page advert in Solstice Shorts programme
Solstice Shorts Festival announced as
‘supported by your company’
Logo on all banners, event posters and fliers
Logo on the cover of the anthology and credit inside and in the ebook.
Logo Solstice Shorts 2017 page and Dusk Book Page on Arachne Press website
Credit on all (edited) video links

Major Festival Sponsor £1,000
An opportunity for you to promote your company as a major sponsor of Solstice Shorts Festival and to be listed on all festival editorial

Full-page advert in Solstice Shorts programme
Solstice Shorts Festival announced as
‘supported by your company’

Logo on all banners, event posters and fliers
Logo Solstice Shorts 2017 page on Arachne Press website
Credit on all (edited) video links

Regional Festival Sponsor £500
Half-page advert in Solstice Shorts programme
Logo on banners, event posters and fliers in your region
Logo Solstice Shorts 2017 page on Arachne Press website

Local Festival Sponsor £250
Quarter-page advert in Solstice Shorts programme
Logo on Solstice Shorts banners, event posters & fliers for a single site of your choice
Logo Solstice Shorts 2017 page on Arachne Press website

Our Venues:

Plus Better Read Books, Ellon; The Goose, Birmingham

Programme Advert Specs

Full Page Advert (bleed/non-bleed)
154x216mm/130x195mm

Half Page Advert (horizontal/vertical)
130x95mm/60x195mm

Quarter Page Advert (vertical) 60x95mm

Please supply a high-resolution PDF image containing the completed artwork for your advert.

Booking deadline 10th November 2017
Artwork & copy deadline: 21st November 2017

Contact us

Just want to advertise in the programme?
Full Page Advert £450
Half Page Advert (horizontal/vertical) £250
Quarter Page Advert (vertical) £140

Contact us

 

A Baker’s Dozen – a charity chapbook

Arachne Author David Mathews is producing a limited edition chapbook for charity – A Baker’s Dozen of 13 stories about and inspired by SCONES. If you would like a copy contact us and we’ll pass your details on to David. DEADLINE 8th February 2016

Message from David (edited from the original for length)

Last July our friend John was nearly killed in an accident on the Dorset coast. His rescue and initial treatment were down to the air ambulance service. Air ambulances are not state funded, and depend on donations and fund-raising. John is up and about, thanks also to brilliant health care in Plymouth and Yeovil, and, with his wife Lyn, is organising a fund-raising event for the Devon and the Dorset & Somerset services at Lopen in Somerset, the Lopen Sconathon. Record-breaking baking, eating, selling, and juggling of scones, as many as possible over 10 hours on 12 March.  Read about it here.

Jane and I will be running a modest cream tea event, with lots of scone baking, at our home in Dourgne for our local friends and friends of John and Lyn, linked to the main event by Skype, and we hope to contribute some Euros to the pile of Somerset gold.

 

The particular point of this message is that I am writing thirteen short stories on a scone theme – A Baker’s Dozen – to be sold as a chapbook in support of the event. I believe this to be a world first for a story collection, and it will include one item in a new genre, what I am calling psychocuisine, rather like psychogeography, only with flour, butter and sugar rather than city streets.

 

In the spirit of crowdfunding, if you were to order a copy (or several, think presents here) before 8 Feb for the standard price of £5, (a) you could have your name inside the back cover as a supporter, (b) I would be immensely heartened and (c) you would help fund a bigger print run.

Just remember, world first for a story collection.