Arachne Press is hoping to publish an anthology of fiction and poetry from UK resident writers of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic heritage. We are aiming for publication in Autumn 2021. We will pay royalties. Once published in an Arachne anthology you may be invited to submit a collection/novel.
Laila Sumpton [recently the Keats House poet in residence who has edited poetry anthologies for the University of London, the Royal Free Hospital and Ministry of Stories] will be our poetry editor, and Sandra A. Agard [Professional storyteller, poet, short story writer, playwright, cultural historian, literary consultant, resident writer/reader and creative writing facilitator for over forty years] will be our fiction editor.
We have an application for funding in with ACE, so at the moment all we want is an expression of interest – via submittable: https://arachnepress.submittable.com/submit your name and contact details, and any writing credits, whether you are a poet or fiction writer (or both!) and if you want, your idea for what you will write.
We have an overarching theme for all our anthologies for the next 12-18 months of ‘maps and mapping’. You do not need to take this in any way literally – ‘the map is not the territory.’
Submissions of work will be accepted from February 2021 once we know we have the funding. Please don’t send anything now, we just want a list of exciting authors and poets lined up to work with when we are ready.
Deadline for expressions of interestJan 15th 2021.
pledge £25 and Poet Laila Sumpton will write a short personalised poem. This can be for a family or friends birthday – she’ll just need you to answer 4-6 questions over email. she will then send you the text as a PDF for you to print out however you like, and a film of her performing it. Incredibly generously, Laila has offered FIVE of these rewards!
On 8th March we held an International Women’s Day of readings from female authors and poets, surrounded by the Tatty Divine exhibition at the Stephen Lawrence Gallery. Many thanks to Greenwich University Gallleries for hosting.
We will be doing a VIRTUAL launch on 21st March, via our Facebook page, as we think it wise not to encourage people to congregate, but still want to celebrate our lovely book! We hope to just delay our event at Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, but we’ll see how it goes!
Until I get round to editing the video files, here are some photos from Sunday’s event, where we launched Emma Lee‘s new collection, The Significance of a Dress, and thoroughly celebrated International Women’s Day with poems and flash from Laila Sumpton, Claire Booker, Sarah Lawson, Jenny Mitchell, Julie Easley, Cherry Potts, Michelle Penn, Shamini Sriskandarajah, and Emma Lee!
To celebrate the launch of Emma Lee‘s new poetry collection The Significance of a Dress, we are holding an event at the Stephen Lawrence Gallery, University of Greenwich, 10 Stockwell Street, Greenwich SE10 9BD on the actual day SUNDAY 8TH MARCH 2pm.
The Knotsman does not exist, you will not find him in history books or collections of ‘bygone’ skills. But there he is, going from house to house, village to village, poem to poem, battlefield to gallows, unravelling knots and problems, physical, emotional and psychological; a new kind of cunning man, not always welcome, not always quite as clever as his fingers and picks would have him believe.
copyright Tyrone Lewis
Wednesday 5th June 7pm
We will be at the lovely Brockley Brewery, 31 Harcourt Road London SE4 2AJ
We are celebrating this evening, with readings and cake and stuff at 7pm at The Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Stockwell Street, Greenwich SE10. Everyone welcome, don’t be shy, although there is an unspoken expectation that you WILL buy a book!
Here’s a taster, from yesterday’s pre-publication event at St John’s Festival Downham. Laila Sumpton (who can’t join us tonight) reading Starling Time.