Oxford and Lewisham Liberties

copx4938 dzwp9631 hhjs1295 rkcd9549 urch7729 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.

Here’s some snippets of video (yay! got the video to work!) to whet your appetite for TONIGHT’s event in Lewisham.

new shiny things coming soon to Arachne Press

NEW lottery_Logo_White RGBI 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…

Trumpet Fanfare….!

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.

The books we will be publishing:

Cotton Augustus II.106November: Liberty Tales

An anthology of stories and poems inspired by Magna Carta. Yes, we know, last year – but our Human Rights Act is once again being eyed for demolition, so when is freedom out of season?

 

Tour dates
Wednesday 7pm 16/11/2016 Brockley Deli The Story Sessions
Thursday 7.30 17/11/2016 Greenwich Launch West Greenwich Library
Friday 7.30 18/11/2016 Oxford Albion Beatnik
Wednesday 7pm 23/11/2016 Lewisham Library
Thursday 7pm 24/11/2016 Essex Greenstead Library Colchester
Thursday 7pm 01/12/2016 North London Housmans Bookshop

 

9781909208292December: Shortest Day, Longest Night

An anthology of stories and poems from the Solstice Shorts Festival for last year and this. (Writers – including Deaf writers – & Musicians the call out is open until 31st August)

 

Tour Dates:

Wednesday 5.30 & 7pm 21/12/2016 Greenwich Launch (Solstice Shorts Festival) West Greenwich Library & Made in Greenwich
Friday 7.30 06/01/2017 Oxford Albion Beatnik
Wednesday 7pm 11/01/2017 Lewisham Library
Sat 3pm 14/01/2017 Essex Wivenhoe library
Wednesday 7pm 18/01/2017 Brockley Deli story sessions

 

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February: With Paper for Feet by Jennifer A McGowan

A collection of themed narrative poems exploring folk tales from several continents, Shakespeare and Troy.

 

 

 

Tour Dates:

Thursday 7pm 23/02/2017 London Launch Keats House Library
Friday 7.30 03/03/2017 Oxford Albion Beatnik
Wednesday 7pm 08/03/2017 Lewisham Library
Wednesday 7pm 15/03/2017 Brockley story sessions
Thursday 7.30 16/03/2017 Greenwich West Greenwich Library
Thursday 7.30 30/03/2017 Bradford on Avon Words and Ears
Sunday 8pm 30/4/17 Cheltenham Buzzwords

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April: Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed by Liam Hogan

Witty, dark, deliciously twisted, fantasy shorts.

 

Tour dates:
Thursday 7pm 06/04/2017 London launch The Old Church, Stoke Newington
Wednesday 7pm 12/04/2017 Essex Basildon Library
Tuesday 7pm 25/04/2017 Lewisham Library
Wednesday 7.30 26/04/2017 Hoxton Burley Fisher bookshop
Friday 7.30 28/04/2017 Oxford Albion Beatnik
Thursday 8pm 04/05/2017 Greenwich West Greenwich Library
Wednesday 7pm 17/05/2017 Brockley story sessions
Weekend starting 02/06/2017 Stoke Newington Literary Festival – details won’t be confirmed until mid-October

We are also in discussion with Wandsworth and Kensington & Chelsea libraries for more dates for all of the books. Run a bookshop/library/ lit fest? Want us to come and read? Ask!

 

 

 

Midsummer Night in the Garden

tempest headerIt 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.

manor lib showing lawnThe 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)IMG_0867
IMG_0872 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.

Poems from Pat Tompkins, Alison Absolute, Shakespeare himself, Kim Russell, Sarah Lawson, Elinor Brooks and Jennifer A McGowan, a story from Lucy Ribchester, and from Carolyn Eden,  an award-winning sketch based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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.

We are crowdfunding to pay the performers. If you would like to contribute you can do so here.

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Carrie Cohen reading FROG

Carrie Cohen

Saul Rechlin

Saul Reichlin

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Midsummer Night in the garden…

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.

drop by our Submittable page to enter. you have until 23th April 2016 to enter

LGBT History Month Launch in Lewisham

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

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Tom Dingley, in front of a camera for once

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And Sir Steve Bullock, the Mayor

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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.

We will also be launching Cherry Potts‘ novel, The Dowry Blade as part of the Lewisham LGBTHM festival, on 24th February at Lewisham Library

 

Outcome in Lewisham

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.9781909208261 

#Outcome portrait exhibition – as part of LGBT History Month 2016: Lewisham Pride

1 February 10am to 3pm Free

The Broadway Theatre

This event takes place every Monday, Thursday, Friday from 1 February to 29 February

Address:

The Broadway Theatre
Catford Road
SE6 4RU

View #Outcome portrait exhibition by local photographer Tom Dingley http://www.tomdingleyphotography.com at The Broadway Theatre Gallery space – access via Box Office

Suitable for:

  • Anyone

Launching The Dowry Blade in Lewisham

Our lovely friends at Lewisham Library are hosting a just-pre-publication event for The Dowry Blade our first adult novel, by Cherry Potts.

Join us at Lewisham Library 199-201 Lewisham High Street SE13 6LG

6:30 – 8pm on Wednesday 24th February

(the day before publication)

Free!

for readings, discussion,

modestly reduced pre-publication pricing on (signed) copies of the book,

and I believe there will be refreshments, which may include cakes!

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The Dowry Blade is a lesbian epic fantasy of the strength and limitations of love and loyalty in a time of war and danger: between friends, lovers, kin, strangers– and enemies.

Suitable for anyone over the age of fourteen.

Youthful Tales at The Story Sessions

story sessions youthful tales final23rd July 7pm for PROMPT 7.30 start

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!

£3 on the door or from EventBrite

Cafe of Good Hope, 216 Hither Green Lane, SE13 6RT

Soft and Alcoholic drinks available, some snacks.

LGBT History Month events

LGBT History month poster smallLGBT 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.

Cherry will be joined by poet Kate Foley, humorist  V.G. Lee and debut novelist V.A. Fearon.

The Story Sessions, Queer Tales, 19th February 7.45 at the Ivy House SE15 3BE – Cherry, Catherine Blackfeather, Anny Knight, Rebecca Idris and Clare Summerskill (Voluntary financial contributions welcomed, and of course you can join in with 100 words on theme in Flash from the Floor.)

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.

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