National Poetry Day

As it is National Poetry Day I thought it a good moment to give a round-up of all things poetical on the Arachne front: so first up some EVENTS:

Kate Foley reads the long narrative poem The Don’t Touch Garden from her about-to-be-published book of that title with integral music from Sylvia Fairley and Valerie Shelley.
9th October 7.30pm
Woodbridge Library
New Street, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 1DT
Tickets £3 (including a glass of wine) Available at the library counter

Buy The Don’t Touch Garden Now

Tuesday 13th October 6.30pm-ish Kate is being interviewed on Resonance FM’s Out in South London Programme, and will be available on podcast subsequently.

Resonance FM

Wednesday 14th October 7pm, Kate Foley will be reading alongside Gerry Potter at Incite poetry, showcasing her more identity orientated poems.
We’ll be there to cheer her on and sell copies of The Don’t Touch Garden and The Other Side of Sleep so if a signed copy appeals, you know where to come…
Free!
The Phoenix Artist Club
1 Phoenix Street (Beneath the Phoenix theatre on Charing Cross Road)
London
WC2H 8BU
(nearest functioning tube Leicester Square or Covent Garden)

Incite Poetry

Some News:

What have our POETS been up to?

Part of the ethos of Arachne Press is to celebrate our authors and poets even when they do something with a different publisher.
So here’s a quick round-up of what they’ve been doing (that we know about, anyway).

Cathy Bryant has just launched her first historical mystery novel Pride & Regicide, a Mary Bennett novel (yes, that Mary Bennett)
Geraldine Green has been combining being writer in residence at Brantwood in Cumbria with a poetry tour of America.
j.lewis has had literally dozens of poems published since his early outing with us with Grass was Taller in The Other Side of Sleep.
Jennifer A McGowan had some good news – but can’t say what until mid-October. Hmm… intriguing.
Kate Foley was runner-up in the Proms poetry competition and had her poem read by the marvellous Carolyn Pickles on Radio 3. The link here is good for a week or so still I think.
Adrienne Silcock‘s poetry pamphlet “Taking Responsibility for the Moon” was published October 2014 and she has been reading from it hither and thither as well as “Rhythms” from The Other side of Sleep. She has just started tutoring creative writing for York University Centre for Lifelong Learning, on a part-time basis,and has instigated a small informal poetry group in Whitby.

Sarah Lawson has translated an exceptionally interesting book The Strength to Say No (La force de dire non) written by Rekha Kalindi with the help of French journalist Mouhssine Ennaimi. Rekha is a  Bengali girl who refused to get married at the age of 11.  . Peter Owen published Sarah’s translation from French in June here, and now it has come out in India with Penguin Viking,

A chance to join in…

Call out still live for Longest Night for the next couple of weeks – poems or short stories for performance on the winter solstice, ( a mini Solstice Shorts event) and maybe an anthology.

Deadline: 21st October 2015 23:59.

And continued call out for the Liberty Tales anthology, on the subject of liberty and or the Magna Carta.

Deadline: 21st December 2015 23:59.

Entry open now via our Submittable Account Sharpen you quills.

recordings from Grange-over-Sands readings from The Other Side of Sleep

We had a grand and lively audience and a beautiful day for our trip to Grange-over-Sands. Here are some recordings of poems read by poets at the event

Judi Sutherland

Adrienne Silcock

Geraldine Green

If you would like to hear more from The Other Side of Sleep, head to the Oxfam Bookshop in Cheltenham this Saturday,25th April at 2:30 for a completely different collection of poets.

Arachne Goes West part 1 the north – Grange-over-Sands

We’ve been meaning to get out of London for a while, and the furthest we’ve managed so far has been Brighton and Oxford, but over the next couple of months we have three gigs further afield, and towards the west.

We are starting in Cumbria:

Thursday afternoon 16/4/15 14:30-16:00
Grange over Sands Library, Grange Fell Road, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria LA11 6BQ

Discover diverse approaches to telling stories through poetry. Every poem guaranteed over 40 lines: long, narrative, but by no means traditional poems, by contemporary voices from poets featured in our anthology of Narrative Poems, The Other Side of Sleep.
Geraldine Green, Judi Sutherland (if she can manage a day off work), and Cherry Potts (editor). Plus local poet showcase.

A small charge of £1 is made which includes refreshments.

come along and say hello, and join in if you feel so inclined.