Having published the long list, and while we work on the shortlist we thought it was time for a bit more info about the festival itself.
Solstice Shorts has been going since 2014 in a variety of guises including last year’s epic UK wide Dusk celebration.
There’s something about the dark time of the year that lends itself to storytelling, and because we are celebrating the shortest day of the year, short fiction is a given. We’ve always had music, and have subsequently introduced poetry (partly because the poets were feeling left out!).
So this year, Noon: the highest the sun gets, which in December, isn’t very far, depending on where you are. In Greenwich, home to Solstice Shorts and the accurate measurement of time, Noon on 21st December will be at 11.58. So I guess we’ll be starting a bit before twelve to make sure we mark it appropriately, although of course, in Aberdeen noon isn’t until 12:06, and Cork 12.31!
Aberdeen: Blackwells 99 High St, Aberdeen AB24 3EN
Edinburgh: Summerhall Arts Centre Cafe 1 Summerhall, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL
Carlisle: The Old Firestation, Peter Street, Carlisle, CA3 8QP
Ynys Mon: Ucheldre Centre Restaurant, Millbank, Holyhead, Isle of Anglesey, LL65 1TE
London: The Bakehouse Theatre. Age Exchange, 11 Blackheath Village, SE3 9LA
Cork: O’SHO Barrack Street, Cork, Eire
We plan to live stream again, hopefully to the right sites this year!!
Local organisers: Jane Aldous, Ness Owen & Cybi Poets, Cherry Potts (Arachne Press), Anne Bevan, Barbara Renel, Intuitive Music Aberdeen.