In the realms of fantasy, it is foolish to upset the wee folk, downright dangerous to incur the curse of a witch, and above all, it is perilous to ignore a warning.
Happy Ending Not Guaranteed Contains twenty-seven stories of dark fantasy, from chess-playing automatons to smooth-talking Celtic faeries; from the Longitude Act of 1714 to the End of the World (in fractal form). Bad Kings, bad demons, and bad days abound.
There is humour even in darkness. You just have to look harder for it.
We had a substantial mailbag for our Retelling Tales theme, and had to turn down some really interesting work, either because it didn’t fit well enough or because it missed the mark in terms of what we were looking for, but we can confirm a poetry heavy list this time:
Joy Howard: Melangell and the Hare, Olympus Inc, Living to Tell the Tale (Poems)
Annalie is going to be busy as quite a few of the writers can’t make it because of geographical considerations. We have work from writers in Ireland, America and the North of England, which means they won’t bring their friends along either… so we’d really like to encourage an audience! Quality writing, magnificently read! Join in with Flash from the Floor (if you want to!) – give us your own retelling in 100 words or less! poetry or prose.
Lovely food and drink available, and free entry. What more could you possibly want?
Note to writers, we would REALLY like to see stories for next time’s Fantasy tales, we already have some shortlisted poems, so get writing – the deadline is 1st Wednesday of May.
Thanks to a grant from the Arts Council we are able to take Liberty Tales a little bit further than we have taken some of our books, and we will be visiting Oxford, Colchester, Newcastle and Bath, as well as several dates nearer home in London.
So first up:
Join us on Friday 18th November at 7.30, at Albion Beatnik Walton Street Oxford OX2 6AA for some Magna Carta inspired readings.
The Library have had a LOT of interest and are getting anxious about fitting everyone in, and would in any case like to allocate the seats to those who genuinely need them, so please can you phone them on 0208 314 7794 to book a place. You are encouraged to bring a picnic blanket to spread on the lawn.
BY THE WAY… Manor House Library is in LEE SE13, not in Manor House north London! Just in case you were confused.
We can now confirm that wine/beer will be available for a donation, and we will also be offering tea/coffee/biscuits and strawberries, home-made cake and savoury muffins will be on sale, along with (surprise!) books.
We have confirmation of the final performers: Rosalyn Miller & Toby Hines will sing Rachel Bellman & Elizabeth Charlesworth’s Little Tricks, accompanied by Mark Wainwright on guitar.
Saturday 28th May 3.30pm in St Hilda’s Church, Courtrai Road Crofton Park SE23 1PL: Asylum – stories and poems and music around the concept of safety/sanctuary or the need for it. This is partly to showcase the Refugees Welcome anthology (not published by us, raising funds for Red Cross Refugee work) and will include stories from the book. Stories will be read by a mixture of authors and actors – where the author’s name is in bold, they are reading.
Refreshments avilable from 3pm. (if you have the stamina there’s a singing workshop with Various Voices on the same theme at 6:45 in the undercroft.)
Story Mouse by David Mathews, which is featured in last year’s Solstice Shorts and will be in the forthcoming anthology Shortest Day, Longest Night Read by Alix Adams
Story Queues from Cherry Potts, from the Refugees Welcome anthology
Story This England by Oscar Windsor-Smith from the Refugees Welcome anthology Read by Alix Adams
Poems Roots and Jail Break by Kate Foley* read by Katy Darby
Story Etymology of Happiness by Jane Roberts from the Refugees Welcome anthology read by Katy Darby
and of course …. YOU!
The Story Sessionsis run like a folk club – headliners, support acts and floor spots – you can join in with 100 words of fiction or poetry on theme. Come prepared or write something with a cup of tea between 3-3.30, pens & paper will be provided!
*Kate Foley WILL be reading her own poetry at the NEXT The Story Sessions on 1st June at The Brockley Deli. Theme Childhood.