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).
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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

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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.

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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

Story Sessions November – Armistice tales – video

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The Story Sessions at the Ivy House

A big thank you to all our readers, and everyone who came along to listen, and to Summer All Year Long for the musical interlude.

Unfortunately the video camera died half way through so there’s no video of the flash from the floor, or of SAYL, and Cherry Potts. fortunately a backup camera was on hand so we managed to capture most of  Liam Hogan’s piece.

here are some snippets of video of the evening.

Nicholas Ridley Gallipolli

Nicolas Ridley Unarmed Combat

Liam Hogan Remembrance Day

Emily Bullock Human Terrain

Joan Taylor Rowan The Bet

The Story Sessions – the first ‘Flash From the Floor’

You’ve heard of Flash Mob, you’ve heard of Flash Fiction? Well this is Flash From the Floor, where the audience is invited on stage for 100 words (about 1 minute) of on-theme fiction, (in this instance Hallowe’en) written for, or at, the event.

So here are the flash fictions created especially for our very first Story Session at Nunhead’s very own community owned pub, The Ivy House. From an audience of about 40 we got an excellent haul of nano stories, everyone agreed to their story being posted, so they are all here – all work copyright the writer-performer, actual video copyright Arachne Press Limited.

 

Videos of the headlining performers will follow shortly.

If you like the idea, join us at the Ivy House on Wednesday 13th November, for Armistice Tales, stories of War, Peace and Remembrance – with, perhaps, 100 words on the subject from you?

Arachne Authors talk about their writing habits 1

Andrew Blackman reveals the strange places he writes

Caroline Hardman & Cherry Potts confess to letting work get in the way

worrying about routines…

Arachne Authors talk about the writers who influence and inspire them

Stations and London Lies and Lovers’ Lies contributors tell us about the writers they admire

Andrew Blackman, Bartle Sawbridge, Rosalind Stopps, Adrian Gantlope, Joan Taylor-Rowan:

Paula Read, Caroline Hardman, Anna Fodorova, Cherry Potts

© Arachne Press 2013