Tonight – The Story Sessions does Family and Poetry

job 1283012 Family talesA6A small reminder that tonight’s story session includes some poetry. Three poets, Esther Poyer, Anne Macaulay and Matt Bryden join short story specialist (and playwright) Nicolas Ridley and prize-winning novelist, author of Rudyard & Trix, Mary Hamer to tell you tales about that complex social structure, the family. Just the thing if you are recovering from spending the festive season with your nearest kin!

Matt will be coming hot-foot from an award ceremony, so may be a bit late. We have a B plan.

Do you like the photo by the way? The girl on the left is my maternal grandmother, Evelyn Blowfield.  her mother is Rebecca Kipling, but despite family stories to the contrary, there is no evidence that we are related to Rudyard. It would have been a nice link, but on this occasion truth wins out over fiction.

Join us at the Ivy House at 7.45 for an 8pm start.

The Story Sessions: Family Tales

job 1283012 Family talesA6Wednesday 15th January  8pm

Family Tales

The Ivy House, 40 Stuart Road SE15 3BE

kipling & TrixJoining us in January we have Mary Hamer,
author of Kipling & Trix, (winner of the Virginia Prize for Fiction 2012) a novel about Rudyard Kipling and his sister.
Poets  Anne Macaulay,  Esther Poyer and Matt Bryden
and short story specialist Nicolas Ridley who also writes as Nichol Wilmor

and YOU? Join in with Flash from the Floor, 100 words of fiction or poetry on theme – write in advance (on the train on the night seems to be a popular method) or in the interval – pens and paper provided.

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.

Arachne goes to Towersey

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Arachne Authors, Cherry Potts and David McGrath are performing at the Towersey Festival  (Near Thame, Oxfordshire) over the August Bank Holiday with Esther Poyer, Debs Newbold, Tom Banks and Paul Sherreard.

Friday: We are performing at Lit in the Ceilidh tent 17-17:45pm  and running a workshop 18:30-20:00 in the Hive

Saturday: We will be running a workshop 18:00-19:30 and (our big night) we are on stage at the Hive  22:30-00:30

Sunday: Words for Breakfast in the Big Club 10:15-11:00, and Lit Down the Village Hall 15:30-16:30

Thanks to Spread the Word for making this possible.