London Love and Strangeness at Peckham Literary Festival

We had a capacity crowd at Review bookshop for our PLF event: here are some videos of the readings and an audio file of the Q&A.

lies special offerRhik Samadder reading David Bausor‘s O Happy Day: from London Lies, a tale of weddings, street parties and sausages.

Nicky Diss reading Rosalind StoppsHow to Survive the Olympics with a Broken Heart from Lovers’ Lies

and Peter Noble (who stepped in at the 11th hour for which we are VERY grateful) reading Alan Graham‘s Zwo from Weird Lies, a stroy of alienation and B-movies.

The Q&A features all the authors plus Cherry Potts and Katy Darby – editors of the anthologies, talking about writing for Liars’ League, having stories read aloud, arguing, editing, Liars’ League attempts to take over the world, and our massive ignorance on the short story scene in Canada!

Thanks to all our readers, authors, audience and especially Evie Wyld (who didn’t even get to hear the stories apart from the monster roars through the floor) and Review Bookshop for hosting.

Festive special on Lies

Not only are Lies wonderful fun, they are even cheap for a limited period.

I noticed this morning that the earlier post about the special 3 for 2 offer on the three Liar’s League books was missing the link to the sales page. That is now corrected. Didn’t mean to tease you!

festive shopping special

Yes it’s that time of year, when you start making lists, or not making lists, but quietly pretend it isn’t happening.  But it is!

So to make life a little easier for you, if your list includes lots of bookish friends and relations, we are going to make you an offer: buy two of our Liars’ League books, (London Lies, Lovers’ Lies and Weird Lies) and get the third free! that’s £19.98 (plus £3 P&P in the UK) for 3 books.

lies special offerOffer available until the last 2nd class parcel posting day before Christmas, Wednesday 18th 2013

make your purchase here

Peckham Literary Festival

Arachne Press is delighted to announce that we are taking part in the Peckham Literary Festival: showcasing our three Liars’ League collaborations.

Thursday 28th November 2013 at 7pm

Review Bookshop 131 Bellenden Road, Peckham, SE15 4QY

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come together to introduce you to new worlds hiding in the everyday. From a movie monster convention in Berlin to a “riotous assembly” on Peckham Rye, via the twin heartbreaks of love and the Olympics, professional actors breathe life into short fiction from Arachne Press’s three acclaimed anthologies of Liars’ League stories. After the readings, there will be an informal Q&A with the writers, performers and editors (Cherry Potts and Katy Darby)

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about what makes a short story sing, and what publishers and live events look for in fiction.

With work from  Rosalind Stopps, Alan Graham, and  David Bausor

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Rosalind Stopps

Alan Graham

Read and performed by Nicky Diss, Rhik Samadder, and Alistair Lock

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Rhik Samadder

Alistair Lock

Book your ticket here www.eventbrite.com/event/8851321541

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.

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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!

ArachneFest – the videos

Well we had a riotously good time at Clapham Books last Thursday. here are some edited highlights of the readings and a few photos.

Cherry Potts reads from Mosaic of Air

Nichol Wilmor reads from Weird Lies

Bobbie Darbyshire reads from Lovers’ Lies

Carrie Cohen reads on behalf of Rosalind Stopps from Stations

Phil Mulryne reads on behalf of Martin Pengelly from London Lies

Our next outing is this Saturday at Leeds Cross Cultural Book Fair

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Southwark Arts Fair photos

rosalind safBartle Sawbridge (For Your Ears Only – Lovers’ Lies) and Rosalind Stopps (The Suitcase – London Lies) reading at Southwark Arts Fair, Saturday 13th July, Hays Galleria

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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.

You are Invited to Arachnefest: Arachne Press’ First Birthday Party

We’ve been a bit arbitrary deciding on a date for the anniversary (it took a good six months of planning to get to the point of registering the company, but it was registered at the end of July 2012, and we do have an event planned, so let’s make it a party.

Join us at Clapham Books, 120 Clapham High Street, London SW4 7UH on THURSDAY 18th JULY 7pm, for cake and readings from all our books including the two due out in September.

London Lies: Martin Pengelly‘s Incurable Romantic Seeks Dirty Filthy Whore, read by Phil Mulryne.
Stations: Rosalind StoppsHow to Grow Old In Brockley read by Carrie Cohen.
Lovers’ Lies: Bobbie Darbyshire Something Missing
Mosaic of Air: Cherry Potts, Penelope Is No Longer Waiting
and
Weird Lies: Nichol Wilmor, An Account of Six Poisonings

Review of Lovers’ Lies at Sabotage

We’ve had a lovely in-depth review from Sabotage of Lovers’ Lies. It’s so satisfying when a reviewer really gets what we are trying to do, both as writers and publishers.

highlight quotes:

… the anthology isn’t slavishly devoted to its theme; it has the freedom to take off on tangents and flights of fancy. Love is treated as a springboard rather than an anchor to hold the anthology in place.

‘Monsieur Fromage’ by Rosalind Stopps. As the title may imply, that last one features a man selling cheeses, but it still manages to be a touching story of a marriage inevitably collapsing inwards despite the desperate desire to stay together.

Lovers’ Lies, as a collection of love stories, doesn’t neglect the realm of high romance either. Co-editor Cherry Potts provides a story with overtones of Tennyson and epic loves played out across a lifetime in the surprisingly small and closed world of neighbouring farming estates. ‘Mirror’ takes place with the First World War in the distance, but able to act only as a sideshow to the real conflicts and dramas playing out in rural England and in the hearts of two men.

 

The final, redemptive twist of Jason Jackson’s ‘A Time and Place Unknown’, the last, sci-fi, entry in Lovers’ Lies, leaves the anthology with a final note of optimism. It ends by letting us believe that love is a force for good and that it can overcome time, space and perhaps even death itself.

Over the course of its 138 pages Lovers’ Lies shows both the darker side of love and the way it brings out the best in us. If that was the intention of the Arachne Press editors, then they’ve done a fine job.

Quite cheered up Monday morning, which was going pretty well already – breakfast in the garden, and an hour of ripping bindweed off the fence before settling to the computer.

Cherry Potts is reading tonight Monday 8th July 7.30 onwards at Brixton Book Jam, at The Hootananny in Effra Road. so if you don’t already have a copy of Lovers’ Lies, come along and pick one up there, you can get it signed!