Solstice approaches

In 12 days the Summer Solstice occurs, and with it the close of Submissions for this year’s Solstice Shorts Festival, Time and Tide, which will be held on December 21st 2019.

Heading to the coast, and to tidal rivers, we are looking for stories poems and songs with an historical ring to them, from writers anywhere in the world. We are looking for live music too, traditional or original – no cover versions! But if you want to sing or play you need to be local to one of our sites, which are…

Aberdeen, Maryport, Holyhead, Greenwich, Hastings, Lisbon (Portugal) and possibly Brighton.

If you are thinking aww, why isn’t there anywhere near me, and you are willing to do the organising (find a venue on the coast or a tidal river, and readers, and publicise the jolly roger out of it), get in touch!

Currently we have LOADS of poems, and hardly any stories, so get a shuffle on short story writers.

We want stories that engage with the sea, in an historical way. so pirates (if you must!), merchant ships, silver darlings, migration, dock workers and ship builders, that sort of thing, but before it turns too macho, remember that the Suffragette magazine was called Time and Tide (because they wait for no man).

We are keen to include stories (in particular) from BAME writers, women, writers with disabilities (esp Deaf writers – you can send BSL video), LGBT writers.

we will also accept works (provided they come with a translation) in Portuguese, Scots Gaelic, Doric and Welsh.

You don’t have long left – Time and Tide won’t wait… via submittable only, where you will find LOTS more info.

https://arachnepress.submittable.com/submit

In the meantime, here’s a video of one of the poems from last year’s NOON, read last week in the delightful Brockley Brewery, for the Brockley Max Festival, Michelle Penn reading Mandy Macdonald’s Arthur Streeton Advises his Students.

 

Solstice Shorts line up: Aberdeen

Final line up, subject to confirmation from the writers

Aberdeen

Friday 21 December 2018 • 12 noon
Blackwell’s University Bookshop • 99 High Street • ABERDEEN • AB24 3EN

Admission free

Moon Jellyfish
Poem by Ness Owen read by Marka Rifat

On the First Calculation of the Circumference of the Earth
Poem by Alison Gerhard read by Haworth Hodgkinson

Pocket Watch
Poem written and read by Catriona Yule

High Noon
Story written and read by Marka Rifat

Noon Talk
Poem by Graham Burchell read by Haworth Hodgkinson

Sun Beats over New Orleans
Poem by Natalie Gasper read by Catriona Yule

Arthur Streeton Advises his Students
Poem by Mandy Macdonald read by Marka Rifat

Mother Hand
Story by Karen Ankers read by Catriona Yule

Unleashed
Poem by Paul Foy read by Marka Rifat

An Autumn Noon
Poem by Ian Grosz read by Haworth Hodgkinson

I am not Beautiful at Noon
Poem by Elinor Brooks read by Catriona Yule

The poems and stories will be interspersed with intuitive music in response to the Solstice Mode from Dundee Ambient, Part 1: Winter Solstice by Haworth Hodgkinson, played by the ensemble Intuitive Music Aberdeen.

Performers

Readers

Marka Rifat
Catriona Yule
Haworth Hodgkinson

Musicians

Mandy Macdonald (melodica)
Colin Edwards (bowed psaltery)
Haworth Hodgkinson (melodica, recorder, percussion and fixed media)

 

Solstice Shorts Line up for Carlisle

Carlisle

NOON – Carlisle The Old Firestation

Poems
After Hours, Stuart McKenzie
An Autumn Noon, Ian Grosz
Arthur Streeton Advises his Students, Mandy Macdonald
By the Obelisk Sundial Drummond Castle, Jane Aldous
Farewell My Father, Anne Elizabeth Bevan
Fire at Midday, Susan Cartwright-Smith
I am not Beautiful at Noon, Elinor Brooks
Mad Dogs and Englishmen, Laila Sumpton
Moon Jellyfish, Ness Owen
Noon Son, Alison Lock
Noon Talk, Graham Burchell
Still No Name, Marika Josef
Sun Beats over New Orleans, Natalie Gasper
Unleashed, Paul Foy

Stories

#Noon, Su Yin Yap
Mother And Child, Barbara Renel
Noon Child Unknown, Diana Powell
On Kings And Falling, Roppotucha Greenberg
Up On The Roof, Lily Peters

Performers

Barbara Renel and Susan Cartwright-Smith will read their own work and Alex Morrison, Becca Roberts, Esther Ridgway and Owain Lewis will read the work of writers who can’t get there.

 

 

Solstice Shorts line up for London

Our London line up:

 Stories

A Vampire at Noon, Patience Mackarness
High Noon, Marka Rifat
Toast Crumbs, Karen Boissonneault-Gauthier
Under the L, Liam Hogan

Poems
An Autumn Noon, Ian Grosz
Arthur Streeton Advises his Students, Mandy Macdonald
I am not Beautiful at Noon, Elinor Brooks
Mad Dogs and English Men, Laila Sumpton
Noon Son, Alison Lock
Precarious, Michelle Penn
Still No Name, Marika Josef

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Performers Marika Josef and Michelle Penn will read their  own poems, and the excellent Carrie Cohen and Grace Cookey-Gam will be helping us out with work by authors who can’t be there in person.

Music will be provided by regular Solstice collaborators Ian Kennedy and Sarah Lloyd.

Dusk: Video – Ellon – Gloaming

Haworth Hodgkinson reads Gloaming by Mandy Macdonald at Better Read Books, Ellon, Aberdeenshire

BSL Interpretation by Bruce Cameron

Music: Dundee Ambient by Haworth Hodgkinson performed by Intuitive Music Aberdeen

 

Intuitive Music Aberdeen

Dusk Poet: Mandy Macdonald

Mandy Macdonald is a writer and musician living in Aberdeen on the cold, wild and beautiful North Sea coast, a far cry from the golden dunes and blue surf of her Australian childhood. Her work has been published in the anthologies Outlook Variable, Extraordinary Forms and Songs for the Unsung (Grey Hen, 2016 and 2017), Aiblins: New Sottish political poetry (Luath, 2016), A Bee’s Breakfast (Beauutiful Dragons, 2016), and a number of print and online journals, most recently Three Drops from a Cauldron, The Curlew, Coast to Coast to CoastClear Poetry, Spilling Cocoa over Martin Amis, and Riggwelter. When she is not writing, she sings and plays music in Intuitive Music Aberdeen and an assortment of choirs.

Mandy’s poem for Dusk, Gloaming, will be performed at Ellon, at Dusk on the 21st December 2017 and published in the Dusk anthology on 21st June 2018