Video from Ilkley Fringe – on the write track

Peter Cooper & Louise Swingler read from Stations as part of their all singing all dancing event for Ilkley fringe. Thanks to Louise for overcoming the technical problem and getting them onto the site.

Ilkley Fringe

Arachne has authors scattered all over the globe, but there’s a little knot of them in Yorkshire. Of those, two wrote stories for the same Station for Stations. Out of this meagre fact came the wonder that was On the Write Track, a reading, singing, sliding razzmatazz of a show from Peter Cooper and Louise Swingler.

You can read all about it on Peter’s blog.

Hopefully we will have some pictures and video soon.

On the Write Track – Ilkley Fringe

on the write track flierIn the run up to Peter Cooper and Louise Swingler‘s all singing all dancing event at Ilkley Fringe Festival, On the Write Track, a little taster …

Events for October: Ilkley Fringe Festival

on the write track flierArachne Authors Louise Swingler and Peter Cooper are performing at Ilkley Fringe Festival on Tuesday 15th October at 9pm, in a train themed event they have devised called On the Write Track, cunningly entwining writing and trains, they will be reading from their Stations stories, and singing and talking about reading and writing on and about trains and stations.

Free Cake!

Here is a video interview from Louise which we did recently at Leeds Book Fair (hence the background noise).

Working from home

The advantage of working from home is that I can work wherever I’m comfortable  that’s important in this weather.  Move around the house,  following the shade.  Sit in the garden to cross check proofing on Weird Lies.  Use unripe windfall apples as paperweights. practice reading for Leeds Book Fair in the privacy of any room in the house.  Not that private… the windows are all open. Sleep when I need to… get up at 5am to get to Leeds. Yes. It definitely has something going for it.


Hear Richard Smyth and Cherry Potts read from Lovers’ Lies. 10:30 today St John’s centre Leeds; and Louise Swingler read from Stations at 15:30. You can also buy books which we will sign! Leeds Book Fair today!

Leeds Book Fair blog

leedsPOSTERWe are heading north on Saturday the 27th July to take part in the Leeds Book Fair.

you can read Cherry Potts‘ contribution to the Leeds Book Fair blog here.

Cherry and Richard Smyth will be reading Mirror and This Isn’t Heat from Lovers’ Lies at 10:30 and Louise Swingler will be reading Morning, Sunshine, from Stations at 5pm. We will have a stall, and be available to sign books for Leeds based readers.

July events (and the last one for June)

A few events to look forward to and to liven up a dull wet Friday.

lovers lies fish

Tomorrow, Saturday 30th June 11-6 we will have a stall at Crystal Palace Overground Festival, Westow Park SE19. We will be selling books, and signing them if anyone wants us to, and – depending on the ambient noise – maybe an impromptu reading…

BC-IllustratorArachne founder and Author Cherry Potts is reading at Brixton Book Jam on Monday 8th July at the Hootananny, 95 Effra Road, Brixton, SW2 IDF sometime after 7:30 and can also be caught singing in the chorus of Blackheath Halls Community Opera, Verdi’s Macbeth for most of the rest of that week.

Further readings to be had at
Southwark Arts Fair at Hays Galleria 1 Battle Bridge Lane, London SE1 2HP (right on the river)
Saturday 13th July 6-7pm

with readings from
London Lies: The Suitcase Rosalind Stopps
Stations: A Place of Departures Cherry Potts
Lovers’ Lies: For Your Ears Only Bartle Sawbridge
A threat at London Bridge Station … a tour guide who may be more than he seems …
and temporary deafness cured by art.

saf banner a4_2-001On the same day, 13th July, earlier in the afternoon, Arachne author Liam Hogan will be reading at the  OxJam Dalston Takeover launch party. The Party goes from 2pm -7pm but Liam is on at 4-4.15pm (so make sure you are there in plenty of time!) – that’s all happening at the Tipsy Bar 20 Stoke Newington Road N16 7XN

ARACHNEFEST a4 POSTER copyArachnefest at Clapham Books
Thursday 18th July 7pm.

We are celebrating Arachne’s first birthday with a reading at Clapham Books
120 Clapham High Street SW4 7UH

readings from all our books:

London Lies: Martin Pengelly‘s Incurable Romantic Seeks Dirty Filthy Whore read by Phil Mulryne
Stations Rosalind Stopps’ How to Grow Old in Brockley read by Carrie Cohen
Lovers’ Lies Bobbie Darbyshire Something Missing

and from our forthcoming books
Weird Lies Nichol Wilmor An Account of Six Poisonings
Mosaic of Air Cherry Potts Penelope is No Longer Waiting

arachne logo white on black bus card sax2On Saturday 27th July we will be at Leeds Book Fair 
St Johns Shopping Centre, Merrion Street, Leeds, LS2 8LQ
with a stall, and readings (times to be confirmed) from
Lovers’ Lies – This isn’t Heat by Richard Smyth and Mirror by Cherry Potts,
and from Stations – Morning Sunshine by Louise Swingler.

Louise Swingler reads at Society of Young Publishers in Leeds

The Society of Young Publishers North and Midlands would like to invite anyone interested in the art of writing and publishing to a special event in Leeds on the 18th June at The Outlaws Yacht Club. There will be discussions and networking opportunities alongside free food and drink.

The evening will feature talks and readings from:

Robert Williams, Faber & Faber Author

Mathew Headley Stoppard, Valley Press Poet

Louise Swingler, Arachne Press Author (Stations, Highbury & Islington) and Proofreader

The Outlaws Yacht Club is situated at 38 New York Street, Leeds. LS2 7DY. Doors are at 7pm and entry is free.

Established in 1949, The SYP is open to anyone in publishing or a related trade – or is hoping to be soon. Our aim is to help assist, inform and enthuse anyone trying to break into the industry or advance within it.

facebook event here


The official Launch of Stations will be at

The Brunel Museum
Railway Avenue
Rotherhithe SE16 4LF

12:30- 2.30

We will be reading short extracts from the book in the museum itself while tours of the entrance hall of the Brunels’ tunnel and train tours of the floodlit tunnel leave the museum on the hour.

Special offers on the day only:

£1 off any book purchased, plus £1 off a tour taken on 2nd December, if you have bought a book. (we will provide pretty little tokens of some kind as evidence.)

Currently confirmed featured authors:
Cherry Potts (Rotherhithe)
Caroline Hardman (Hoxton)
Michael Trimmer (Haggerston)
Jacqueline Downs (Crystal Palace)
Bartle Sawbridge (Shadwell)
Peter Cooper (Highbury & Islington)
Louise Swingler (Highbury & Islington)
Rosalind Stopps ( Brockley & Norwood junction)
Katy Darby (Shoreditch High Street)
Ellie Stewart (Wapping)