LGBT History Month – Cherry Potts & VA Fearon shout about Lesbian Literature


Shouting turned out not to be needed, but here we are talking about Lesbian Literature at North Kensington Library last week.

If you want more Lesbian (and Gay) Literature from Cherry, catch her reading and discussing her own work and that of Arachne Press more generally on Thursday 26th February at Richmond Lending Library,  Little Green, London, TW9 1QL 7pm. book for this event (£2)


Celebrate LGBT History Month 2015

Celebrating LGBT history month, Cherry Potts, Arachne’s owner and editor, and author of Mosaic of Air is appearing in an exhibition of photos by Tom Dingley at various venues in Lewisham Borough as part of Tom’s #Outcome project.

Cherry Potts copyright Tom Dingley 2014

Cherry Potts copyright Tom Dingley 2014

Cherry will also be talking about lesbian literature, publishing and reading from her work,
at North Kensington Library on 12th February at 6pm (With V A Fearon) free!

Shouting about Lesbian Literature: coming out as a lesbian writer

Cherry Potts’ first collection of lesbian short stories, Mosaic of Air was published over 20 years ago, and she now owns her own independent publishing house, Arachne Press. V.A. Fearon’s first self-published crime thriller, The Girl with the Treasure Chest came out last year. What has changed for the Lesbian author in the interim? What has the recent surge of self and indie publishing done for lesbian literature (and what is it anyway)? Two personal approaches with readings.

Book your free place for this event at North Kensington Library. Tel: 020 7361 3010
and at Richmond Library on 26th February at 7pm (£2).

An evening with writer and publisher Cherry Potts at Richmond Lending Library

Join writer and publisher Cherry Potts for an evening of readings and informal discussion of Lesbian and Gay writing with a whirl through anything from myth to science fiction. Cherry will read from her own work and others published by her award-winning publishing house, Arachne Press. Tickets £2.00 including refreshments.

Richmond Lending Library, Little Green, Richmond, TW9 1QL

You can book online for the Richmond Library event

LGBT history month round up

Well it’s been a tiring month, but productive – sold quite a few books, made some new friends and had a laugh.

you can find video/ audio/ photos of the various events we’ve been involved in here:

LoSoCo LGBT History event 27th February 2014

Cafe of Good Hope LGBT History event 26th February 2014

Crofton Park Library LGBT History event 21st February 2014

The Story Sessions: Queer Tales 19th February 2014

Walthamstow Library LGBT History event 12th February 2014

North Kensington Library LGBT History event 11th February 2014

Lewisham Library LGBT History event 6th February 2014

We aren’t quite so busy for March, although there is of course The Story Sessions on the 12th, and Cherry, Katy and Bartle are at TLW LexiCON in Faversham 14th and 15th.  We will also be busy typesetting  Devilskein & Dearlove, and reading through the submissions for the poetry anthology.

LGBT history event at Walthamstow Library

The third Arachne organised event for LGBT History month, (see Lewisham Library and North Kensington Library for video of the first two) and actor Sarah Feathers joined Cherry Potts at Walthamstow to read extracts from Mosaic of Air and Lovers’ Lies.

I’m afraid the recordings sound like they were made in the Ladies, owing to a resoundingly echoey room and a huge fish tank burbling away in the background.

Sarah reading from Tasting Flight by Catherine Sharpe

Cherry reading from Mosaic of Air

Sarah reading from Dara by Jessica Lott

Cherry & Sarah reading from Baby Pink/Electric Blue (from Mosaic of Air)

Cherry will be on the radio on Tuesday 18th February sometime between 6.30 – 8.30 pm, on Out in South London on Resonance FM.

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.


The Story Sessions: Queer Tales

Queer Tales flyer19th February 7.45 for 8, at the Ivy House 40 Stuart Road, Nunhead SE15 3BE:

February’s Story Sessions celebrates LGBT history month.

Clare Summerskill

Stella Duffy is unable to join us after all, but Clare Summerskill has stepped up to fill the gap (Thank you Clare, for helping out at such short notice.) Clare will be joined by Rebecca Idris author of The Sitar, ably supported by  local author Cherry Potts, Cath Blackfeather and poet Anny Knight.

Don’t forget you can join in with our Flash from the Floor floor spots after the interval: 100 words of your own poetry or flash fiction on theme.

The theme for LGBT month this year is music,so if that additional element inspires you, nothing to stop you preparing your 100 words in advance!

**The Story Sessions are normally free, however, as we are paying our headliner, we wil be asking for a voluntary contribution of whatever you think the evening is worth!**

Deptford Lounge LGBT evening – the video

Following on from our Ealing outing we reprised the show at Deptford Lounge, with a slightly different line up. I still managed to not stand in front of the camera. Hey-ho.

Will Everett reads from Mirror by Cherry Potts

Gloria Sanders reads from Tasting Flight by Catherine Sharpe

Paula Read reads from her own All Change at Canonbury

Sarah Feathers reads from Dara by Jessica Lott

© Arachne Press 2013

Ealing Library the Video

As we lug our suitcase of books from one reading to the next, we are getting to know corners of London we’ve never been to before, which gives a fresh perspective on both the variety and sheer size of the city. I don’t think of it as a City really, more as a series of interlinking towns and villages, (a bit like a country in its own right) some of which are surprisingly close and some of which really aren’t. Ealing was nearer than I thought!  We were fantasising last night about an Arachne charabanc or possibly just a taxi (complete with driver, obviously), all liveried with the web logo. But until the day someone buys me that as a present (HINT) it’s the good old underground.

Anyway, enough of that: The LGBT History Month stories!!

Sarah Feathers reading from Dara by Jessica Lott

Gloria Sanders reading from Tasting Flight by Catherine Sharpe

Adam Ganne reading from Mirror by Cherry Potts

Paula Read reading from her own story, All Change at Canonbury

You don’t get me reading Leaving because having set the camera up I failed to stand where it could see me!

© Arachne Press 2013

Arachne Events Tonight


Two events to choose from tonight: LGBT History Month event at Deptford Lounge (Cherry & Paula plus Actors) or The Book Stops Here (Rosalind & Darren) It’s a tough call – but at least it should have stopped snowing by then.

poetry… please?

Well, that showed me, no one has sent in a poem. What? Love not inspiring you? All in bed with flu like me? Come on! You’ve got almost 13 hours left to show us you love us.

In need of inspiration? Come along to Ealing Library tonight 6.15 for our love-in on a Lesbian & Gay  theme for LGBT History Month – post WWI angst, internet dating for the bewildered, cuckoos in the nest, falling for the boss and love in the osteopath’s treatment room. Stories by Cherry Potts, Paula Read, Catherine Sharpe and Jessica Lott, read by a mix of actors and authors.