Year of the woman

Today is International Women’s Day, in the centenary year of partial suffrage for women.

So an important day for women, but, you know, women are women every day, and there’s still plenty of work to be done, on all sorts of fronts, so celebrate and then roll up your sleeves…

Our small contribution is to do what we do anyway, but do more of it. We are publishing a number of books over the next nine months and most (not all) will be by women.

April
Kate Foley Poetry Collection: A Gift of Rivers

Kate is reading from the collection at Gay’s the Word on 5th April and we are investigating a launch in Amsterdam.

May
Cathy Bryant Poetry Collection: Erratics.

Cathy and Kate are taking part in a seminar on diversity and inclusivity in the poetry world at London Book Fair on 10th April at 17:30 at the ‘Poet’s Corner’

June
The final installment of The Naming of Brook Storyteller: Wolftalker arrives from Ghillian Potts.


Also in June we have the official launch of Dusk which will also kick off thinking about 2018’s Solstice Shorts festival, Dawn!

July Five by Five: 5 short stories each by Katy Darby, Joan Taylor-Rowan, Cassandra Passarelli, Sarah James, Helen Morris

August
We are teaming up with Liars’ League for our official #womensvote100 anthology, We/She featuring stories about women by women. Final line up yet to be finalised but expect stories from:
Carolyn Eden, Katy Darby, Elizabeth Hopkinson, Elisabeth Simon, Elizabeth Stott, Fiona Salter, Ilora Choudhury, J. A. Hopper, Arike Oke, Jennifer Rickard, Jenny Ramsay, Lucy Ribchester, Peng Shepherd, Rosalind Stopps, Joanne L. M. Williams, Swati Khurana, Uschi Gatward.

September
Vindication: an anthology of up to 10 poems each from
Sarah James, Sarah Lawson, Jill Sharp, Elinor Brooks, Adrienne Silcock and Anne Macaulay

November
We are commemorating the end of WWI with poetry and short story anthology An Outbreak of Peace.

 

Brockley Max Feast Tales the videos

Video

Video from our feast of food stories at the Brockley Deli as part of Brockley Max festival.

You may notice something about these videos, you may not… see below*

Snippets from the longer works, and the complete poems. Mostly the readers are the wonderful Gloria Sanders and Peter Noble, but the equally marvellous Joan Taylor-Rowan read her own story.

Peter reading from Devilskein & Dearlove by Alex Smith

Joan reading from Feeding Time

Gloria & Peter reading from Monsieur Fromage (Lovers’ Lies) by Rosalind Stopps (the full video is available on Youtube

Peter & Gloria reading from Christmas, Presents by Jason Jackson

Peter reading April is the Cruellest Month by Rob Walton

Gloria reading Laureate by Jennifer A McGowan

*A new experience for me, matching sound files to video – the aircon (or something) at the Brockley Deli interfered with the sound on the video so I had to use the recordings from my audio machine. Something of a challenge getting them in sync!

Brockley Max Story Sessions part 1 videos

Story Sessions logo copyBrockley Max logoHere are some videos of our Festival themed

The Story Sessions contribution to Brockley Max on Saturday.

Alix Adams reading  two poems on behalf of Elinor Brooks

Jennifer A McGowan reading two of her poems

Cherry Potts reading from a ‘written for the occasion’ short story Midsomer Morris

Joan Taylor-Rowan reading from her novel, The Birdskin Shoes

and

David Bausor reading from O Happy Day

David & Joan both have stories in London Lies and Stations.

Elinor & Jennifer both have poems in The Other Side of Sleep

Cherry has stories in London Lies, Lovers’ Lies and Stations, and is the author of Mosaic of Air, and is editor at Arachne Press.

More live Literature at Brockley Max: Wednesday Poetry night at Ladywell Gallery, Thursday Night 8pm another Story Session with stories and poems about food at The Brockley Deli

If Stories be the food of… read on … a feast of stories about food

Our Final Brockley Max event for this year
Thursday 4th June at Brockley Deli 14a Brockley Cross, SE4 1BE
The Story Sessions: Feast Tales
Join us for a story set in a cheese shop, Cranberry Sauce as an excuse for an illicit meeting, trying to win friends with cookies and taking tea with a demon, plus poems about oranges and bay leaves! Order appropriate food to ‘taste-along’. Mostly read by our actor friends Peter Noble & Gloria Sanders.
8pm – 9pm Free entry; accompanied children 10+ welcome
A free live literature event all about food. Stories from Rosalind Stopps, Joan Taylor-Rowan and Jason Jackson, Poems from Jennifer A McGowan and Rob Walton, plus an extract from Devilskein & Dearlove, our Carnegie Nominated young adult novel by Alex Smith.

Word on the Street – Video

Last week we took part in the Word on the Street Literature Festival in Clerkenwell. Here’s some video of our musicians (the wonderful Ian Kennedy and Sarah Lloyd) who accompanied the writing with your ears workshop and then topped and tailed the readings with songs that complemented  the stories being read / the exhibition on in the London Metropolitan Archives, where we were.

And here are the readers

Joan Taylor-Rowan reading from Renewal, her story in London Lies

David Bausor reading from O Happy Day, also from London Lies

and

Dizz Tate reading from Time Man, her story in Solstice Shorts: Sixteen Stories about Time

Joan and David are reading at our Brockley Max event on 30th May, and Joan is also reading at our Brockley Max event on 4th June!

Arachne Feast & Festival at BrockleyMAX

Story Sessions logo copyThe Story Sessions are back – for a guest spot, maybe for good, depending… We are doing three events for BrockleyMAX. The first two are both on Saturday 30th May The Ladywell Gallery, (what used to be Misty Moon) behind The Ladywell Tavern 80 Ladywell Road SE13 7HS

Writing Workshop – Festival

5pm – 7pm Free; accompanied children over 10 welcome
Arachne Press presents a writing workshop on the theme of Festival. Get inspiration from the exhibition of photographs from previous BrockleyMAX festivals and write a new short story or poem, with the option to read it at The Story Sessions event in the evening.
 run by Cherry Potts
Story Sessions: Festival Tales
7.30pm – 9.30pm Free; accompanied children welcome
A live literature event with stories from Joan Taylor-Rowan and David Bausor, poems from Elinor Brooks (read by actor Miriam Lee) and Jennifer A McGowan on a festival theme. Circuses, Street parties and more. Join in with Flash from the Floor – your chance to read your own festival piece (max 100 words).
brockley max ladywell gallery
And finally, on Thursday 4th June at Brockley Deli 14a Brockley Cross, SE4 1BE
The Story Sessions: Feast Tales
8pm – 9pm Free entry; accompanied children 10+ welcome
A free live literature event all about food Stories from Rosalind Stopps, Joan Taylor-Rowan and Jason Jackson, Poems from Jennifer A McGowan and Rob Walton, plus an extract from Devilskein & Dearlove,our Carnegie Nominated young adult novel by Alex Smith – mostly read by our actor friends Peter Noble & Gloria Sanders.
Join us for a story set in a cheese shop, Cranberry Sauce as an excuse for an illicit meeting, trying to win friends with cookies and taking tea with a demon, plus poems about oranges and bay leaves! Order appropriate food to ‘taste-along’.

Arachne workshop and readings at Clerkenwell Lit Fest – Word on the Street

Word on the Street FINAL lo_res pages

Cherry Potts copyright Tom Dingley 2014Saturday 9th May  2-3:15 Writing with Your Ears: a workshop

Ian Kennedy & Sarah Lloyd

Ian Kennedy & Sarah Lloyd

hosted by Cherry Potts, author and owner of Arachne Press, exploring how fiction and poetry can be inspired and supported by live music, with live music from multi-instrumentalists and folk singers, Ian Kennedy & Sarah Lloyd, who collaborated with us on the same workshop at Solstice Shorts. Come and discover how your own writing can flourish. Option to perform your story with Arachne Press authors later in the day:

Inua Ellams3:30 – 4:30 Readings of London-based stories and poems joan observer spoof (3)from Arachne Press authors, Inua Ellams, Dizz Tate, Joan Taylor-Rowan and David Bausor, plus participants in the Writing with Your Ears workshop, with music from Ian Kennedy & Sarah Lloyd.

Dizz tate

Dizz Tate

London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Rd, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 0HB

readings £5, workshop £10,  combined ticket £12

Festive video from the Story Sessions

We had a great night at December’s The Story Sessions, here are videos of  the testbed offering from Paula Read and of our headliners:

Paula Read No Room (Testbed)

 

Peter Higgins It Never Snows at Christmas

 

Cherry Potts The Midwinter Wife

 

Bartle Sawbridge A Date for Maureen

 

Joan Taylor-Rowan Never Knowingly

 

And we had three Flash From the Floor, (one of which was a riposte to Pete’s story!) so thank you to our audience for joining in with your flash fiction, and wearing hats as requested for Bartle’s story, and for the feedback to Paula, all much appreciated.

The Many Hats of Bartle Sawbridge

It was Hats ON for Bartle at Wednesday Night’s Story Sessions, a seasonal collection of stories about cult singing groups and carol services, Spanish and Greek alcohol, a lack of christmas spirit, unwelcome and uninvited guests, and interlopers of other kinds, from Cherry Potts, Peter Higgins, Joan Taylor-Rowan and Paula Read, as well as Bartle and his hats – the audience joined in with a few Flash from the Floor, and hat wearing! The Ivy House got in the spirit of things with ivy garlands, fairly lights, roaring log fires, additional speakers (thanks Nyge) and festive gold lamé curtains for the stage too.

Here are the pictures, video will follow.

bartle tyrolean

Bartle in one of several hats

bartle sans headwearbartle fedora joanie in character

Joanie gets in character

Joanie gets in character

Peter Higgins

Peter Higgins

Paula Read

Paula Read

Peter Higgins on Stage

Peter Higgins on the glamorous gold stage

December Story Sessions: Solstice tales

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Join Joan Taylor Rowan, Peter Higgins, Bartle Sawbridge Paula Read and Cherry Potts for stories of unwelcome guests, failed dates, taking christmas shopping to extremes, carol singing that doesn’t quite hit the right note and neighbours…

…and everyone is invited to add in their twopenn’orth – 100 words, on theme. Poetry or fiction.

There might even be some singing.

Wednesday 11th December 8-10/10.30

The Ivy House, 40 Stuart Road, Nunhead SE15 3BE