Writing the Past – Kate Foley

Kate Foley reading from both her collections, The Don’t Touch Garden, and A Gift of Rivers at our Writing the Past event for Hither Green Festival at Manor House Library on Saturday.

Kate is next reading at Fourth Friday, at the Poetry Cafe,Betterton Street London, this Friday

Hither Green Festival Writing The Past

We are once again taking part in the lovely Hither Green Festival (they ask us, this is so rare, and so good for the ego!)

Saturday May 18th 7pm

at one of our favourite venues,

Manor House Library, on  Old Road SE13 5SY

Readings of stories and poems based in the past – from the 17th to the 20th Century – life stories and imagined lives, followed by a fairly short discussion about writing from history – what inspired the piece, what research was needed, how was the story shaped by the facts and which got in the way – that sort of thing.

Poetry:

Kate Foley will read from her two poetry collections of personal history, spanning adoption and WWI to coming out as a lesbian in the second half of the 20th Century, The Don’t Touch Garden and A Gift of Rivers

Math Jones will read from his recently published complex narrative made up of poems of imagined folkloric history set in the English Civil War, The Knotsman.

Short Stories

Joan Taylor-Rowan will read her short story The Bet about an incident during the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

Rebecca Skipwith will read her short story Surplus Women set just after WWI, from the anthology An Outbreak of Peace

Katy Darby will read her story The Tyburn Jig set in the early 18th Century from the anthology Five by Five.

Cherry Potts will read from her novel in progress, The Bog Mermaid, set in 1926 and 1976.

Kate Foley – President of the Suffolk Poetry Society

Well, well!

Our Kate is the new President of the Suffolk Poetry Society

Kate Foley is a longtime resident of Suffolk, now splitting her time between there and Amsterdam.

Here are some pictures from the inauguration…

Kate’s first ‘outing’ as president will be on 11th May, when she will lead a workshop, and do a reading for the SPS Festival at John Peel Centre, Stowmarket, IP14 1ET.

She will also be reading at our Writing the Past event for Hither Green Festival at Manor House Library SE13 on May 18th (details to follow) and  the popular Fourth Friday event at The Poetry Cafe, Betterton St on May 24th.

We publish Kate in numerous anthologies plus her two collections, A Gift of Rivers and The Don’t Touch Garden (also available as an audio book)

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Events in July in South London

 

Both our July venues are in New Cross, mid-distance between the stations – Amersham Arms is nearer New Cross, Out of the Brew is nearer New Cross Gate.

5th July Kate Foley is reading from A Gift of Rivers at regular feminist spoken word event,She Grrowls, upstairs at Amersham Arms, New Cross Road SE14 TICKETS here.

 

 

 

 

19th July at 7.30 we are launching Five by Five with four of the five authors (Joan Taylor-Rowan, Katy Darby, Cassandra Passarelli  and Helen Morris), at
Out of the Brew 306 New Cross Road, London SE14 6AF. FREE
in the garden if fine… there are rumours of themed cocktails.
books for sale, authors to sign them. Everyone welcome RSVP
Can’t wait? Word bookshop a few doors down from the cafe have stock in already owing to eagerness on their part and our distributors being super-efficient. Get down there and ask David for a copy.
(Reviewers copies available now – please ask)

 

Amsterdam poets…

Arachne’s Amsterdam poets are reading together (with others) this Sunday…

(From the facebook info…)

Sunday 20 May at 4pm Labyrinth is hosting a poetry afternoon. ‘Stranger in A Strange Land’.
English language poets living in and around Amsterdam present their work based on their experiences in their old and new homes. Presented by Jeremy Keighley,
Line up of Poets:
Featuring Poet Kate Foley, Abra Bertman, Vicky Enea, Simon Brod, Lisa Suess, Jeremy Keighley and Robin Winckel

The poetry critique group started about 15 years ago and is a varied group of people who meet twice a month to read, discuss and critique each other’s poetry with a view to encouraging and improving their poetry. Along with the Poetry Critique, the group organises occasional Readings and Workshops.

Labyrinth (Amstelveenseweg 53, 1075VT Amsterdam, Netherlands) is a cocktail, food & poetry bar based in Amsterdam Zuid next to the Vondelpark. Labyrinth serves delicious food, special cocktails and regularly organises poetry events. Through the art of poetry and spoken word Labyrinth aims to bring people in their diversity together.

Facebook event

The Amsterdam Launch of A Gift of Rivers

A couple of pictures from last week’s launch of A Gift of Rivers at Waterstones in Amsterdam.

Kate kept everyone engaged despite feeling a bit below par, and Tim says he sold lots of books (Kate noticed some people buying more than one copy, which is always nice.) Wish I could have been there!

There are a handful of copies left in store so anyone in Amsterdam who missed it Tim will be very pleased to sell you a copy.

Also available at all bookshops that stock poetry, and can be ordered by any that don’t, and of course direct from us.

There will be more readings soon, in the UK. watch this space!

In the meantime here’s the first review, from  London Grip

and the title poem

A GIFT OF RIVERS

Flying into Amsterdam
I see how a giant comb has pulled the hairs of the fields
into straight, wet lines, how the occasional hedge
runs on wiry feet away from the open,
how as the plane tilts
the edge of the water-land-water seems ghostly as the meniscus
an empty glass has left behind,
how the many transparent
voices of water thicken in canals
and the old windows in the city
are so like rolled water you wait for fish
to swim through their bubbles.

When I left the branches across our yard
were empty. Now small green fists
punch out space.

Thank you for your gift of rivers.

 

 

happy #lesbiandayofvisibility

It just so happens that today is Lesbian Day of Visibility. What a great day to be publishing Kate Foley‘s new poetry collection, A Gift of Rivers.

A Gift of Rivers charts meeting, marriage and migration, in an extended love letter to Kate’s wife Tonnie.

Kate Foley with Tonnie at the Amsterdam launch of The Don’t Touch Garden

Now, I didn’t know that today was Lesbian Day of Visibility when I planned the publication date, sometimes things just happen like that. But why not get visible in your local bookshop by going in and asking for this lovely book?

Although I am wearing my A Gift of Rivers T-shirt to celebrate, there are no events planned for today, having already done a reading at Gay’s the Word

(more videos available on YouTube!)

and the launch is 1st May 7pm at Waterstone’s Amsterdam. Everyone welcome.

Other readings in the UK are in the offing and details will follow shortly.

Happy publication day, Kate!

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.

 

Coming Soon: A Gift of Rivers

The moment the book becomes ‘real’ for me as the publisher, is when I hold the ‘running sheets’ in my hand. These are an actual print of the book, unbound, sent from the printer for quality control purposes.

That’s the point I start gearing up for publicity and all that jazz.

As on this occasion the arrival of the running sheets has coincided with the last week of LGBT History Month, it is appropriate that the book in question is Kate Foley’s love letter to her wife, A Gift of Rivers.

Kate has to be in Amsterdam when the book is due out, so there will be a pre-publication ‘launch’ on 5th April at the lovely Gay’s the Word. Everyone welcome.Books will actually be available from us, by the end of March so feel free to preorder.

And Kate will also be speaking at the London Book Fair Poetry Collective at 17.30 on Tuesday 10th April.

We are looking at whether we can have an official launch-day party in Amsterdam on 26th April!

REVIEWERS If you would like a copy please get in touch.

 

National Poetry Day: special Announcements – planned books

Hello poetry lovers.

To celebrate National Poetry Day we have a special offer, some events and an announcement or three.

For today only our anthology of long narrative poems  The Other Side of Sleep is on offer at £5 (reduced from £9.99) if bought direct from us online

If you are at Free Verse Poetry Book Fair on Saturday at Conway Hall come and say hello – we have a stall, and are reading at 4.30 in the Garden Cafe on Red Lion Square (Lisa Kelly, Math Jones, Sarah James and Jeremy Dixon)

or the BBC’s Strong Language Festival in Hull (drop by the pop up poetry bookshop today through to Sunday)

You can get a copy of TOSOS for £5 if bought with another Arachne Press Poetry Book at either event.

Looking forward, we have been inviting people whose work we have published in anthologies like TOSOS, to send us their collections.

Quite a few people have, and at the moment we have agreement, in principle, to publish the following

2018

Kate Foley A Gift of Rivers (definite, April)

 

Cathy Bryant The Colour of Not Knowing

2019

Math Jones

The Knotsman

Jeremy Dixon In Retail

We are still toying with the idea of what I think of as a ‘short fat anthology’ – maximum of 5 poets, multiple poems from each – this is aimed at emerging poet who haven’t got enough work for a collection yet – so exciting new voices on the cusp of greatness!