Dusk Launch video Calling Them In

Poet Kelly Davis reads her poem, Calling Them In at the launch 2017 Solstice Shorts Festival anthology DUSK at Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Greenwich.

Arachne Press does Brockley Max

Brockley Max is coming – and we are getting involved.

2nd June 7pm at the Talbot Pub in Brockley SE4 1QG, Arachne authors Bartle Sawbridge, Rosalind Stopps  and Cherry Potts join other writers from WooA (Writers of Our Age), Neil Lawrence, Anna Somerset and Hilary Dunn for Urban Myths. (the link says 7-7.30 that means 7 for 7.30, we aim to be there at least 2 hours.

You can join in with 100 words of your own urban myth, and get stuck in with the epic writing relay, which is definitely best experienced slightly sozzled.

On Sunday 4th June at 3.30, we join Vocal Chords Choir (who have supported Solstice Shorts Festival a couple of times) at their Songs of Protest gig at St Hilda’s Church SE23 1NL when actors Silas Hawkins and Carrie Cohen will read some of the poems from Liberty Tales to complement the songs.

Vocal Chords Sing Songs of Protest 4th May

© Ben Mueller-Brown benhasphotos.wordpress.com

Our final drop-in session is at Art In The Park Story-telling tent on Hilly Fields, on Saturday 10th June at 2.30, when Arachne stalwart Katy Darby will be reading our forthcoming younger children’s book, The Old Woman From Friuli by Ghillian Potts which is in the shops 6th June – you can buy direct from us NOW post free.

Shortest Day Call Out for stories poems and songs/music

This Call Out is NOW CLOSED

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.

This Call Out is NOW CLOSED

Crowdfunding live for Solstice Shorts Festival 2015: Longest Night

Support Arachne Press’ festival, Solstice Shorts! This year’s theme is Longest Night, and we are crowdfunding on Indiegogo to raise the money to pay actors to read the wonderful stories and poems by our featured authors and poets,  and musicians to sing suitably wintery and nocturnal songs. We need to raise £4000, but it will be absolutely worth it, and we have some brilliant perks, not all of which feature in this video…

Please help us to raise this money, and to promote the festival.

Please share these links everywhere!

http://igg.me/at/LongestNight/x/12681 (the Crowdfund)

https://arachnepress.com/solstice-shorts/longest-night-solstice-shorts-festival-2015/ (the festival page)

Thank you!

 

Solstice Shorts Crowd Fund Day minus 3 and counting

Only 3 days to go. 20 backers so far (Thank you!!), and 48% of our target. Actually we’ve had a couple of off-line contributions which take it up to 53%. So can we achieve the remaining 47% in only 3 days? Not without your help. Please share far and wide!

Anyway, just thought I’d mention (again) that there isn’t long to bag something amazing donated by our terrific writers and supporters. What will take your fancy?

Digital Portrait? hand-lettered poem? reading aloud workshop?

Limited edition supporter’s T-shirt? Supporter’s badge?

VIP invitation to a book launch? Your short story edited? signed books?

Original and unique flash fiction starring you as the hero? Posters? book badges?

And then of course the real reward (provided other funders come up with the goods), a fantastic one day festival showcasing new short fiction, amazing writers, and fabulous folk from local musicians.

 

Solstice Shorts Festival – Crowd Fund Countdown day -4

Almost half way there, and barely 4 days to go. I was feeling a bit down about this earlier today, and I was wondering, is this crowdfunding lark just a chimera, put about to tease people?

But it seems my gloom was unjustified, as we had two takers for Katy Darby’s read-your-work-aloud workshop in just over an hour. You were just all on holiday weren’t you!

Well, shiny new month, you are rested and full of that September zeal to do something new, interesting and purposeful – so how about backing our new, interesting and purposeful festival? So new, there’s never been one before.

Time is running out!

If every single person who is on our mailing list, or who follows us all the places people follow, backed us to the tune of a £2.50 badge, we’d be well over our target.

There’s been a huge lot of effort and goodwill on the part of the people contributing the rewards, and it would be a shame if you missed out. You have until Thursday 4th September at 23:59!

TLW LEXiCON

https://i0.wp.com/tlwlexicon.com/images/banners/topheader.jpgArachne Press is taking part in TLW LEXiCON in Faversham on 15th & 16th March 2014, with readings from Cherry Potts, Katy Darby and Bartle Sawbridge, and a panel discussion from Katy and Cherry about the collaboration between Arachne Press and Liars’ League. Katy is even doing something about writing historical novels. We will also have a stall so that the good folk of Kent can buy our lovely books!

Local Festivals in June

Arachne Press will be selling (and signing) books on stalls at two local festivals:

Hilly Fields Midsummer Fayre Saturday 22nd June 2013 12-5 pm  Hilly Fields SE4. (We go to this every year – this year is the first time as contributors rather than consumers.)

Crystal Palace Overground Festival Saturday 29th June Westow Park Upper Norwood SE19 11-6 (ish)

Fun days out – come and join us!

Arachne Press at Branching Out LSE Space for Thought Literature Festival 2013

LiteraryFestivalBannerLSE Space for Thought Festival 2013: Branching Out runs from Tuesday 26th until Saturday 2nd March, and everything is FREE (Including a workshop from Katy Darby on Saturday morning)!

On Saturday 2nd March Arachne Press will be providing entertainment in the foyer between the main events in the auditorium. We are going for a Liars’ League style with readings by actors, and have chosen stories from all three books to  fit the themes of the other events. Each section will be introduced by a very brief burst of (equally appropriate) song from our friends Summer All Year Long to draw attention!

Literary-fes12.30-1 (oral tradition/ human rights) Frog (Emily CleaverLondon Lies) read by Will Everett and Speaking in Tongues (Rebecca GouldLovers’ Lies) read by Sophie Morris-Sheppard

2.30-3    (Conflict/poetry/art/politics) Mirror (Cherry PottsLovers’ Lies) read by Will Everett and Rich & Strange –extract (Bartle Sawbridge – Stations) read by Greg Page.

4.30-5 (food fashions/landscape/nature) Monsieur Fromage (Rosalind StoppsLovers’ Lies), read by Jo Widdowson Birdland (Joan Taylor-RowanStations) read by Gloria Sanders

6.30-7 (art curating/ comedy) Girl with Palmettes (Martin PengellyLondon Lies) read by Lisa Rose  Lenny Bolton Changes Trains (Rob WaltonStations) read by Ray Newe