#Arachne5 Lovers’ Lies

As part of the run up to our celebration of our fifth anniversary we are highlighting our first five books, all available for £5 each from our shop

Also available to bona fide libraries and book charities free please contact us to enquire.

Number Three: Lovers’ Lies

Designed expressly for romantic cynics and cynical romantics. Liars’ League teamed up with Arachne Press for a second outing bringing the freshness, wit, imagination and passion of their authors to a wider audience.

Join us as we wallow in the many facets of relationships. Explore role-play gone wrong, goldfish that eat loneliness, and a very literal leap into the unknown. Old love, cold love, true love, new love, dead love, we’re through love – making babies and making whoopee, disappointment and contentment, playing at home, playing away or just playing; missed chances and new romances: everything from first conversation to last breath, strange journeys and stranger destinations.

Be careful who catches you reading it – your intentions might be misinterpreted.

Reviews from Goodreads.com

review on Sabotage

highlight quotes:

… the anthology isn’t slavishly devoted to its theme; it has the freedom to take off on tangents and flights of fancy. Love is treated as a springboard rather than an anchor to hold the anthology in place.

The final, redemptive twist of Jason Jackson’s ‘A Time and Place Unknown’, the last, sci-fi, entry in Lovers’ Lies, leaves the anthology with a final note of optimism. It ends by letting us believe that love is a force for good and that it can overcome time, space and perhaps even death itself.

Over the course of its 138 pages Lovers’ Lies shows both the darker side of love and the way it brings out the best in us. If that was the intention of the Arachne Press editors, then they’ve done a fine job.

When we were looking for somewhere to launch this, we said we need the most romantic place in London… what about Keats House? Oh, they’ll never let usbut they did!

Speaking of designs, the cover (by Annie Rickard Straus) was the result of a massive competition with public and authors voting – they didn’t agree, so the authors won.

videos from readings

Other Worlds at Ladywell Gallery

Ealing Library

Deptford Lounge

Wood Green Library

Something Missing at Shoreditch Bookclub

Mostly Lovers at Keats Festival

We will be reading from Lovers’ Lies at the PARTY on the 8th September. Come along! free (but ticketed)


With Paper for Feet by Jennifer A McGowan Launch videos


Tour continues:

Wednesday 15/03/2017 7pm
Brockley Deli, The Story Sessions SE4 1BE

Thursday 16/03/2017 7.30
West Greenwich Library SE10 8NN

Thursday 30/03/2017 7.30
Words and Ears
The Swan Bradford on Avon BA15 1LN

Sunday 30/4/17 8pm
Exmouth Arms, Cheltenham GL53 7LX

Crowd funding – Invitation to a Launch

Pledge £100 or more here for Invitation to a launch and support our book tours and exhibition tour and new books which help us support new writers.

Invitation to the launch of our next books:

With Paper for Feet and Foraging,

Nightingale Room 10 Keats Grove NW3 2RP

23rd February


Keats House – The Other Side of Sleep – recordings

Here are snippets of just a couple of minutes long from some of the Other Side of Sleep poems read at Keats House last month. All beautifully rendered by the poets, Sarah Lawson, Revenant; Cherry Potts; Thirty-second Mariner; Math Jones, Grithspell; Bernie Howley, I Have no Feet; Jennifer A McGowan, Troy: Seven Voices and Alwyn Marriage: Naming: AD 2006

update to poets reading Keats House 28/3/15


Inua EllamsInua Elams has dropped out,



Math Jones is definitely reading.Math Jones - Geoff Robinson, photographer

Keats House Readings from The Other Side of Sleep

The Other Side of Sleep: Saturday 28th March 15:00-16:30
Keats House, Keats Grove, Hampstead, London NW3 2RR

Free, so long as you have an admission ticket for the house.
More info

other side of sleep actual booksDiscover diverse approaches to telling stories through poetry. Every poem guaranteed over 40 lines: long, narrative, but by no means traditional poems, by contemporary voices. Alwyn Marriage, Jennifer A McGowan, Bernie Howley, Sarah Lawson and Math Jones.

Keats Festival: Cupcakes, Scents, Lovers and Weird Lies – the videos

The Keats Festival is going strong, and we are very proud at Arachne Press to be a part of the proceedings.

Saturday morning Cherry Potts ran a workshop on NLP for writers, using all the senses but in particular smell – partly because people rarely think about smells, and yet they have a powerful impact on us, often unconsciously; and partly because Keats trained as an apothecary and doctor, at a time when science was beginning to really supercede traditional medicine. We had fun poking about the garden, eating cupcakes (an unexpected bonus courtesy of Keats Festival – although of course we analysed carefully texture, and flavour as we ate, in suitably pseudoscientific mode) and identifying mystery compounds and liquids by scent alone.

In the afternoon we read from Lovers’ Lies, our book for romantic cynics, which we launched at Keats House back at the beginning of the year, and did our first preview read of Weird Lies, our fantasy/ sci-fi/ peculiar anthology which will be out in September.

The stories were chosen for links to Keats (loosely!!!): medicine/health in Mirror by Cherry Potts, nature in What does H2O feel like to the Tadpoles? by Tom McKay and Something Missing by Bobbie Darbyshire, and the interface between art and science in The Painter and the Physicist by Tania Hershman.

A big thank-you to the authors and to the actors who read on behalf of Cherry and Tom: Will Everett who has now read Mirror several times and is finding new subtle ways to explore the emotional undertow each time, and Kim Scopes who stepped in at the last minute, and found a truly tadpole-like voice for the tadpoles, earthy, eager and slightly speedy: in my mind this will be  the voice of tadpoles for ever more.

There will be further previews of Weird Lies on Sunday 9th June 6-9, at Misty Moon Gallery SE13. More information soon!

© Arachne Press 2013

Keats Festival Update


Still not much information on the Keats festival, but this information has come to light

Keep an eye on the Keats festival event page for precise detail of whether you need to book for either of our events on 25th May, morning writing workshop and afternoon readings but basic info seems to be

Book by phone:020 7332 3868
Book by email:Email City of London Events for Keats Festival

Arachne Press at the Keats Festival Writing Workshop

Saturday 25th May 2013 10.30-1.30 £10
Keats House, Keats Grove, Hampstead NW3 2RR

Contact Keats House on 020 7332 3868, or email then at keatshouse@cityoflondon.gov.uk to book.


Scents and smells for character, atmosphere and inspiration

…what soft incense


Explore writing using all the senses, but particularly smell, with Cherry Potts, author of Mosaic of Air and Tales Told Before Cockcrow, editor of London Lies, Stations and Lovers’ Lies and owner of Arachne Press.

Bring a large notebook and lots of pens, and expect to write. Weather permitting a stroll about the garden may be included. If you have a scent that means a lot to you, (and it is portable) bring it with you!

Suitable for all levels of experience, and for fiction writers and poets.


Keats Festival Arachne Press Author Reading

Saturday 25th May 3-4pm £5 keats house
Keats House, Keats Grove, Hampstead NW3 2RR

Contact Keats House on 020 7332 3868, or email them at keatshouse@cityoflondon.gov.uk  to book

As part of the Keats Festival we are reading from Lovers’ Lies, and Weird Lies (which is due out in September 2013)

Focusing (loosely!) on the elements of Keats’ life not directly involved in poetry: science, medicine, and nature, Arachne Press bring you stories of the Garden of Eden, conversations with tadpoles, a meeting of minds across disciplines, and love, repression and an old-fashioned approach to doctoring.

From Lovers’ Lies:
The Painter and the Physicist Tania Hershman (read by the author)
Mirror Cherry Potts (read by Will Everett)
Something Missing Bobbie Darbyshire (read by the author)

From Weird Lies
What Does H2O feel like to the Tadpoles? Tom McKay (read by Kim Scopes)