the fiction shortlist for this years Solstice Shorts Festival ,Time and Tide is
Alix Adams reads from Marjorie Phillips‘ historical adventure young adult novel, Claude at Harfleur. Set during Henry V’s campaign in Northern France and featuring 12-year-old tearaway Claude. Originally written in the 1950s, and published posthumously by Curved Air Press (curvedairpress(at)ntlworld(dot)com). We have a few copies available at Arachne, if you’d like a copy, get in touch.
Ok, we’ve had enough with the enquiries. We weren’t going to open submissions until the end of the month, but due to popular demand they are now open, but only until the end of MAY. So that’s your window – or possibly letterbox?
Read the GUIDELINES and get in touch, we are really interested, and excited, wondering what you have in store for us.
Where is your favourite place for spending time with the love of your life? What about it gets you hot and bothered, or meltingly romantic?
Dramatic scenery, intimate eatery, garden, beach, mountain, chocolate shop, theatre, fleapit,hotel, nightclub, pub, market, skating rink, crossroads … what makes for the perfect time out with your beloved?
Thinking about the (possibly world – no stop – don’t get carried away!) tour that will launch Lovers’ Lies, we’d like your thoughts on the best romantic places in the UK (for now, although we apparently have a small fan base in Switzerland…) and what it is that makes them special.
The Brief Encounter clock at Carnforth copyright Cherry Potts 2012
It doesn’t matter if you’ve never been there, or if it seems completely impractical, tell us anyway. It can be the site of a great fictional romance (Carnforth Station! Waterloo Bridge!) name-checked in a famous lovers’ ballad (Allanwater!) or it can be where you first met your one-and-only, just so long as it’s a real place, and still there, not built on since.
If you think it’d be a great place for a reading tell us that too (especially if it’s somewhere near a literature festival or a really good bookshop), and if you can broker an introduction for us, even better – think of it as a blind date between publisher and venue, the sort of thing where you think they’d be perfect for one another, and with just a little nudge…
Give us your suggestions (tweet, ‘comment’ on this post, or use the contact form) and we’ll see which we can make work for us. And if your suggestion ends up being our launch venue, and we’ve got your contact details, you’ll get an invitation to the wedding – sorry – launch.
I don’t suppose this list is in any way complete, and for a start, I remember a story set on the Piccadilly line I read on-line last year which involved spectacles left at Cockfosters and lost luggage offices which was very entertaining which isn’t on here (Can’t remember who it was by, can anyone help?). And I met Sarah Butler at a NAWE workshop a couple of weeks ago, and she produced The Central Line Stories with London Underground a couple of years ago – so, with next year the 150th Anniversary of the Underground, maybe its time to read some London Transport fiction? You could start with Stations, which will be gracing the bookshops and not a few railway carriages, I shouldn’t wonder in only a months time!
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.
London Lies Authors will be reading, chatting and signing books at
Waterstones 421 Oxford Street London W1C 2PQ (Immediately opposite Selfridges, nearest tube Bond Street) 7pm Thursday 22 November 2012
(There are 2 Waterstones on Oxford Street, so make sure you turn up to the right one!)There is a £4 admission charge but this includes a glass of wine and is discounted against your book should you buy a copy of London Lies.
Waterstones: 0207 495 8507
Katy Darby reading from Simon Hodgson’s story Thieves We Were
Danielle Fenemore reading from Emily Pedder’s story Are We nearly There Yet? (Set in Selfridges)
Nichol Wilmor reading from his story Made for Each Other
and Joan Taylor-Rowan reading from her story Renewal
MVMNT is unlicenced but you can bring your own for a corkage of £3… We suggest something fizzy would be appropriate!
Access by car from Lewisham direction is a bit tricky during the Paralympics as Greenwich High Street is temporarily One Way from a bit before the corner of Norman Road (not shown on the TfL info),and there are lots of parking restrictions, so consider public transport.