Safely into harbour

Our little crowdfund has safely reached harbour 2 days ahead of schedule! Thank you Thank you Thank you!

(Ship’s bell expertly rung by Katy Darby!)

Do we dare set out on an additional fishing trip, and line our coffers a bit more securely? Our other funding sources are not yet confirmed, but with this funding we can at least manage an absolute barebones version of the festival and programme the book printing. What a relief. I do feel like one of those merchants of old, with a tower on their house so they could watch the horizon for their ship coming home safe. So if anyone want to add to our funding the more the better really – it is always very tight for funding, and if we are short, its the bits I love best that have to get cut – the live streaming (what can I say, I’m a control freak – I need to know remote sites are doing their stuff!) and the BSL interpreting – a whole artform in itself, and something that we are keen to promote as a matter of course. So there are barely 2 days left – can we raise a bit more? Still lots of rewards left!

Thanks again to everyone who has supported us, especially those who increased their backing – you know who you are!

Time and Tide stories: first lines

Continuing the dip into the detail of Time and tide – more first lines, this time from the Stories:
Elizabeth Hopkinson, A Madras Crossing: I thought the worst of the voyage was over when we weighed anchor off the coast of Madras.
Diana Powell, Ballast: Let me speak to you about the sea… how I always loved it.
Diana Powell, Sea Change, There are voices here.
Cathy Lennon, Casting The Stones: The party went out of the garden gate and set off along the duckboards.
Neil Lawrence, Diaspora: The man with huge whiskers is talking loudly.
Juliet Humphreys, Fisherfolk: In Quay Street, when a woman begins to moan with the coming of a child, word goes out.
Holly Magee, Granmama’s Paradise: When I was little, I slurred my syllables together.
Linda McMullen, The Fisherman’s Wife: When I met my husband, he was a modest clerk at a promising company.
Eoghan Hughes, Herr Dressler: I had left the Alma at closing time and was stumbling along the breakwater the first night I saw the light at sea.
Pauline Walker, Hingland: Constance was only just beginning to enjoy the voyage.
Roppotucha Greenberg, Listen, Noah’s Wife: He’ll install a foghorn to sound every night.
Emily Bullock, Man Overboard: All dreams of death can be forgotten on waking, except when under that final sleep from which there is no waking and only a long forgetting.
CB Droege, Metharme: I stand at the prow of the ship, one more in a long, long line of ships.
Kilmeny Macmichael, Remittance: Sir inform have not received expected amount this first of month reason
Barbara Renel, The Professor’s Daughter: Her dad locks the booth and gives her the key.
Paul Foy, The Answer, My Friend: It might be that the day takes you down to the beach with your book and wraparound sunglasses, your Beats and that blast-from-the-past playlist that you made when you realised that loss is all about finding again.
Rob Walton, The Dowager Duchess Of Berwick-Upon-Tweed: She hated the Dowager bit, and she no longer particularly cared for the Duchess part, but she had not yet decided what to do about any of it.
Maria Kyle, The Surgeon’s Mate: ’Tis no easy matter to cut off a man’s leg.
Cindy George, The Wreck Of The Kyllikki: Sea coal just washes up on the beach and no one knows where it comes from.
Sheila Lockhart, Turquoise: Every morning after breakfast Ibrahim walked down to the perimeter fence to look at the sea.

There’s some tasty morsels there to bait our hook with! Please support our crowdfund! 48 hours left

 

Time & Tide Crowdfund rewards Badges

Badges we do them for most of our books and festivals

They come in a set this year, if you want, T&T; and if you ask VERY nicely and order 9 badges we’ll do a complete T I M E & T I D E set.

badges for crowdfund

…or you can have one of our earlier designs. Head over to Kickstarter and pledge to help us get Solstice Shorts 2019, Time and Tide up and running.

 

 

 

Video for crowdfunding DUSK

Video

We got a more comprehensive video about our plans for DUSK and the crowdfund,

New Reward on our Crowdfund – a weekend in Scotland!

Our Inverness organisers Sherry and Phil are offering to host one person (or a couple) for a weekend in their gorgeous farmhouse outside Inverness. (Their bit is to the right of the archway in the pictures.)

This amazing offer covers two nights, Friday/Saturday (dates to be agreed), bed, breakfast (Shared bathroom and lounge) and pick up/drop back to train station or airport in Inverness (if needed). Writers particularly welcome! £150. Support our crowd fund for DUSK, Solstice Shorts 2017, and get great gulps of fresh air at the same time!

Solstice Shorts Dusk: Crowd Fund reward 2: Original Art

We try to make our Crowd fund rewards varied and desirable, (as desirable as the projects we are trying to fund!) and we are helped in that by the generosity of our authors and artists.

Here’s a spectacular reward:

An original oil painting from cover artist Kevin Threlfall. About 30cm square (12″ for those of my vintage) Mist Descending, is painted on canvas board and unframed to make posting it affordable.(Someone has pledged for this one, but the prints are still available, see below!)

Kevin did the covers for Weird Lies, Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed and With Paper for Feet.

A versatile artist happy in many media, and also a generous one. If you can’t stretch to original art we have prints available too. Find these and other epic rewards on our Crowd fund

And… we are crowdfunding! taking Solstice Shorts Festival across the UK

Help us reach our funding target of £2000, (to match fund Arts Council application) to take Solstice Shorts live and online for Dusk on 21st December 2017. Live Stories, Poems and Songs from (at least) Inverness to (at least) Bath, and a live link-up.

Another of those almost-crazy ideas. A miniature 45 minute festival in as many places as possible starting in the north-east (where Dusk starts first) and finishing in the south-west (where it ends last.)

You can browse the rewards and the plans on Kickstarter. We have some really special offers this year, and our authors have really got involved, offering experiences and hand-made items and sage advice!

We’re Crowdfunding!

Help us raise our Arts Council match funding, to finish what we’ve started with Solstice Shorts and our first two books of this batch. We are out on Tour, doing two more books, and hosting the Story Sessions. If those are things you want to support, we’d LOVE you to help! Go to KICKSTARTER and explore what’s on offer

Nearly there on Outcome crowdfund on Kickstarter

Thanks to our backers so far

Alicia, Bea, Cathy, Chantelle, Chris, Dan, Darren, Edward, Elaine, Ewan, Gaynor, Harrie, Isaac, Jonathan, Kevin, Laura, Malcolm, both Marks, Mike, Neil, Nick, Oliver, Patrick, all three Pauls, all three Peters, Randon, both Richards, Sian, Thomas, Tim and Tony, all of whom are incredibly special and dear to our hearts.

THANKYOU

We have raised an amazing £3,179 which means we are just £161 off our stretch target which will fund the cost of printing and mounting the exhibition photographs, and we have about 28 hours to go before our campaign ends – Can we do it?

PLEASE spread the word – tweet, Facebook, or whatever you use, email your mates, phone your mum, TELL strangers face to face!

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New rewards added for Outcome Crowd Fund

Tom and I have been discussing how come we’ve had only quite big offers of support for the Kickstarter campaign for Outcome (NOT that we are complaining!)

Anyway we decided to add a couple of extra small rewards, available for £5 because even a small amount can make a difference, and we want to encourage people who think crowd funding is only for people with lots of cash – quite the opposite! Even a single £1 can help. You have until next Thursday lunchtime to grab a reward and help us towards the launch exhibition.

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Those of you who are regular Arachne Supporters are used to our badge making skills. You can just about see that these are rainbow text, and on my laptop at any rate this is about life-sized – 25mm.

The ‘I’m in Outcome’ one is obviously only available to the lovely people whose pictures we have been taking, but ANYONE can back us and have one of the other design.

I also thought you might like to see what a fulsome ‘thank you’ looks like – although backers who opt for  just a ‘thank you’ will get theirs signed and uniquely addressed.

THANKYOU

How can you resist?