Here we all are having a rollicking good time at Albion Beatnik in Oxford. There was a bit of discussion about the correct pronunciation of ‘C’ in Latin , and there was apparently a bona fide Classics teacher in the audience, so only one author was brave enough to read their Magna Carta clause in the original.
I can’t believe I forgot to put anything up on the website! I did a newsletter, put up the individual book pages, then got on with the work that results from good news! Anyway…
After what turned out to be months of form-filling we have secured Arts Council Funding for this year’s Solstice Shorts Festival, and the next four books, including taking them on tour, and for four sessions of The Story Sessions (more later!).
We do have to raise some money ourselves – brace yourselves for more Crowd Funds – you can also help by becoming a FRIEND of Arachne.
It cannot have escaped the notice of most people that it is 400 years since Shakespeare shuffled off this mortal coil. There’s been a lot of celebrating, and not to be outdone, we are joining in, not on his birthday, not on his death day, but at Midsummer. You know how we like a solstice.
The nice people at Lewisham Libraries are hosting us for an event on Tuesday 21st June at 7:30 on the front lawn of Manor House Library Old Road, SE13 5SY (with performances on the front steps) or inside in the Baring room if the weather is unseasonable. Please phone the library on 0208 314 7794 to book a place, and to book a seat for those who genuinely need one. You are encouraged to bring a picnic blanket to spread on the lawn. (If it rains we will be inside)
Shakespeare’s great skill was in telling an old story in a new way, so we are shamelessly tearing a leaf from his folio. We have poetry, story, and song, based on Shakespeare’s own work, the characters he invented, and his life.
Songs from Raise the Roof and from Rachel Bellman and Elizabeth Charlesworth performed by Rosalyn Miller, Toby Hine and Mark Wainwright.
For the sketch and where the author can’t make it, we have actors: Big thanks to Katy Darby, Carrie Cohen,Saul Reichlin,Cliff Chapman and Mike Eden
Discover what’s in a name, what you get when (almost) the complete works of Mr Shakespeare are reduced to Haiku, five of Shakespeare’s women get their own poem, as does his mother, Juliet’s neighbour makes a complaint, one of Shakespeare’s sonnets gets turned on its head, the Illyria of Twelfth Night resurfaces in a story of modern-day refugees and find out where (and from whom) young Will stole his best lines. Oh and what Rosalind and Orlando’s wooing sounds like set to music.
Shakespeare fans dust of your doublets and your iambic pentameters. We are celebrating the bard’s big bash (400 years since he died), not on his birthday, not on his death day (which we are using as the deadline for submission), but on Midsummer (or as close as we can get). You know how we like a solstice. The nice people at Lewisham Libraries are hosting us for an event in Manor House Gardens (or Manor House Library if the weather is unseasonable.)
Shakespeare’s great skill was in telling an old story in a new way, so we are shamelessly tearing a leaf from his folio.
You are invited to write us something – poem, short story, song*, play (no more than 2 characters!!) based on Shakespeare’s own work, or the characters he invented or the stories he based his plays on, or if you like, his life.
We aren’t planning a book to tie in with this, it’s just for the sheer joy of it, so previously published work is acceptable. Keep it short. no more than 2000 words and MUCH shorter would be good.
*Songs… happy to have existing Shakespearean songs performed, but would love some new takes. You probably need to be able to perform them yourself. There’s no budget (at the moment) so we are unlikely to be able to support rehearsing singers, though you never know.
We can offer no more than a free book and the pleasure of having your work performed in public as a thank you, unless our cunning funding plan comes to fruition, in which case it might get exciting.
February is as usual a little bit busy. Spent a couple of hours today at the beautiful (it really is) Broadway Theatre in Catford, for the launch of Lewisham’s LGBT History Month. A lovely crowd of people, many employed by the council turned out to wet the baby’s head, and take a look at Tom Dingley’s Outcome exhibition.
Here’s a few pictures of speeches.
The lovely Susan Hailes, who had us all nearly in tears
Tom Dingley, in front of a camera for once
And Sir Steve Bullock, the Mayor
The gentleman in the background of each of these pictures had come for the yoga session, but was prevailed upon to play the piano, which was really lovely, and set the tone for the whole event.
A very positive response to the exhibition, with people signing up to join in then and there and another email before I got home from someone wanting to take part.
If you would like to take part get in touch, Tom has a studio space as part of the Outcome exhibition at Student Pride THIS SATURDAY 6th February at University of Westminster. 35 Marylebone Road, opposite Madame Tussauds and Baker Street Tube.
The Broadway Theatre exhibition is on for the whole of February 10-3 Monday Thursday and Fridays, access via the cafe/ box office.
An opportunity to see an exhibition of some of the photographs that will be part of Outcome, our first Photographic book. If it takes your fancy, you can get involved by being the subject of a portrait (if you are LGBT, obviously) or by helping us raise the money to print the book, or by offering studio or exhibition space. Nip over to the Outcome page to find out more.
#Outcome portrait exhibition – as part of LGBT History Month 2016: Lewisham Pride
1 February 10am to 3pmFree
The Broadway Theatre
This event takes place every Monday, Thursday, Friday from 1 February to 29 February
Youthful Tales (Stories FOR young adults and BY young adults – 12 years old and up. It’s not a school night as it’s the first week of the holidays!)
Confirmed stories: Launching: Extract from Devilskein & Dearlove by Alex Smith, read by Malini Stevenson (this is launching the book – it is actually published the day after – get a pre-publication copy at a special price.) Revisiting: Extract from Claude at Harfleur by Marjorie Phillips read by Alix Adams Introducing:Elizabeth Noir and the Titanic Adventure by (Young Author) Beth Broughton-Jones read by Sarah Feathers Exploring:Home Rock by Sue Oke (who will read it herself)
Join in with 100 words of poetry or fiction in the Flash from the Floor session.
Come along, bring your soon-to-be-adults, or your parents as the case may be!
LGBT History month is keeping us busy this year. Cherry Potts is reading from Mosaic of Air at a number of events (Incidentally, should you be keen enough to want to come to all the events Cherry is involved in over February, she will be making an effort to read something different each time, and the focus will vary too, as will the company!
Lewisham Library 199-201 Lewisham High Street, SE13 6LG 6th February 7.45 for 8, until 9.30 free, but ticketed. 40 tickets available so probably wise to book.
North Kensington Library 108 Ladbroke Grove, North Kensington, W11 1PZ
(11th February 18:30) is Cherry on her own, reading from Mosaic of Air and some newer work, and discussing how things have changed since MoA was first published. Free.
Walthamstow Library, High Street Walthamstow, E17 7JN 12th February 19:00 is Cherry and actor Sarah Feathers, reading from Mosaic of Air and from Lovers’ Lies in an event called Holding a Mirror up to the 80′s, Lesbian Short Stories now and then, so more historical observation! This is a ticketed event but still free.
And finally: in company with Alix Adams, local author Cherry Potts reads from her short story collection Mosaic of Air, grief, old age, spiders and song, all from a lesbian perspective. Free. 7pm Friday 21st February Crofton Park Library 375 Brockley Rd, London SE4 2AG.
…oh, not finally – we’ve been asked to do another:
Cafe of Good Hope, Hither Green Lane SE13 6RT. Wednesday 26th February. 7pm. Cherry Potts, Rebecca Idris, V.A. Fearon, Catherine Blackfeather Tickets £3.