This is Jeremy’s first full collection, after his pamphlet In Retail a couple of year’s back.
A Voice Coming from Then deals honestly and straightforwardly with homophobic bullying and a youthful suicide attempt, through the presence of Spring-Heeled Jack, a demon of Victorian urban myth. It is illustrated with Jeremy’s collages of family photographs, and also contains statistics and much needed resources.
I don’t mind admitting I cried over the manuscript.
A Voice Coming from Then will also be available as an Audiobook!
As part of our Eighth Anniversary celebrations, Arachne Press editor, Cherry Potts, talks to photographer Tom Dingley.
Outcome was a project to photograph LGBT people with their childhood photograph; the idea was to let young people know ‘it gets better’. A celebration of all the jobs an LGBT person can excel at.
Grow up, come out, be fabulous, be you.
And we captured it all in a book!
A book you can buy from our webshop at a discount during August: use the code ARACHNEVERSARY at the checkout.
It just so happens that today is Lesbian Day of Visibility. What a great day to be publishing Kate Foley‘s new poetry collection, A Gift of Rivers.
A Gift of Rivers charts meeting, marriage and migration, in an extended love letter to Kate’s wife Tonnie.
Kate Foley with Tonnie at the Amsterdam launch of The Don’t Touch Garden
Now, I didn’t know that today was Lesbian Day of Visibility when I planned the publication date, sometimes things just happen like that. But why not get visible in your local bookshop by going in and asking for this lovely book?
Although I am wearing my A Gift of Rivers T-shirt to celebrate, there are no events planned for today, having already done a reading at Gay’s the Word
(more videos available on YouTube!)
and the launch is 1st May 7pm at Waterstone’s Amsterdam. Everyone welcome.
Other readings in the UK are in the offing and details will follow shortly.
To celebrate Coming Out Day and the anniversary of publication of Tom Dingley’s photographic portraits Outcome we have a special offer of £5 off until Midnight tonight. head over to the shop to take advantage of this offer.
And a reminder that the last remaining SIGNED copy is up for grabs on our crowd fund
As part of the run up to our celebration of our fifth anniversary we are highlighting our first five books, all available for £5 each from our shop
Also available to bona fide libraries and book charities free please contact us to enquire.
Number Four: Mosaic of Air
Originally published twenty years ago, the sixteen short stories in Mosaic of Air reflect and explore Lesbian life in the 1980s through myth, history, fantasy and science fiction. Delving into lecturing spiders, Helen of Troy, seaside libraries, computers that fall in love, murder and memory; but most of all humour, and a delight in all that women can be.
Praise for the first edition:
Cherry Potts writes with economy, punch, panache.
Definitely about women in space, not the usual glossy tomboys of standard sf.
Delightful … both a hilarious spoof of one-man-and-his computer myths such as 2001, a Space Odyssey; and a reflection on the limits of love and power.
From the foreword:
Sometimes I think that I would write these stories differently now, and then I think, would I? Yes, the world has changed, these days many of the scenarios played out by characters in the contemporary stories wouldn’t now happen in Britain; but there are plenty of places in the world where these stories would still happen. Sadly they have not dated as thoroughly as I might have hoped.
‘Mosaic of Air’ is an interesting parable featuring a proto-post-feminist lead, a computer programmer whose programme becomes sentient which surprisingly encases an abortion debate.
If you read nothing else in this book you must read ‘Arachne’s Daughters’; this takes apart a myth about Arachne (a human) challenging Athene (the goddess): ‘”Now, can you believe anyone would be so stupid?” ‘. It’s set as a speech given at a women-only meeting with a clever twist on why so many women shouldn’t fear spiders despite the extra legs and pincers ‘ “Forgot something though didn’t they?…[Men]… How many Cancers and Scorpios are in the audience?”.’