Halloween/Samhain

You all know we don’t do horror at Arachne.

The closest we’ve got is Math JonesThe Knotsman, which has quite a bit of distressing material in it, but does it from a position of compassion – ‘this is awful’, rather than ‘oooh, isn’t this awful‘.

So if you fancy something to get the ice running down your back, Math’s your man.

It would please Math mightily if you were to celebrate Samhain with his book seeing as he is a pagan.

you can buy a copy here… and if you buy it BEFORE halloween the postage is still free. we are going to have to start charging UK customers after that.

If however, your tastes run to the more traditional halloween fair, there’s a live lit gig, Frightful Yarns, at Honor Oak pub, St Germains Road SE23 on the very night, at 7.30, raising money for our local festival, Brockley Max. Arachne authors Cherry Potts and Neil Lawrence are among the readers, with dark tales of revenge and paranoia. tickets £5

The Knotsman – The route the trouble takes

A series of poems that make up the core of the collection by Math Jones, The Knotsman.

In which lovers are separated, by the undoing of a knot, and the Knotsman discovers the consequences.

Writing the Past: Math Jones The Knotsman

Math Jones kicks off our Writing the Past event for Hither Green Festival representing the 17th Century with stories and poems from  from The Knotsman,

Brockley Max 2019 Noon and Knots

We are involved in Brockley Max Festival again this year, with readings in a church, and a brewery!

Sunday 2nd June 7pm

St Hilda’s Church Courtrai Road SE23 1PL

Math Jones will be reading from his new poetry-collection-as-novel, The Knotsman

The Knotsman does not exist, you will not find him in history books or collections of ‘bygone’ skills. But there he is, going from house to house, village to village, poem to poem, battlefield to gallows, unravelling knots and problems, physical, emotional and psychological; a new kind of cunning man, not always welcome, not always quite as clever as his fingers and picks would have him believe.

copyright Tyrone Lewis

Wednesday 5th June 7pm

We will be at the lovely Brockley Brewery, 31 Harcourt Road London SE4 2AJ

for NOON

Readings of poetry and short stories on the theme of Noon from the Solstice Shorts Anthology of the same name

Everyone thinks of noon as being a split second as the clock’s hands draw together, the bell tolls twelve times – but there is so much more to it than that.

with

Stuart McKenzie, Michelle Penn, Laila Sumpton, Marika Joseph, Liam Hogan

Happy birthday Shakespeare and a consideration of knots

Is it actually Will’s birthday? No one knows, but there is a tradition that ties it to 23rd April because he was baptised on the 26th.

Anyway happy birthday Will.

As we recently published Math JonesThe Knotsman, which is set about a century after Shakespeare’s time and in Worcestershire, rather than Warwickshire, and is in any case, a not quite historie, as Shakespeare’s histories are not quite historie, I’ve been looking for links.

this is  not quite research – a lighthearted look at the knot in Shakespeare.

Was Shakespeare a knotsman, or did he know someone who was?

He uses knot to mean a group of people, often when that group is not entirely to be trusted, and ocassionally to mean a meeting of said group.

And to mean a contract, or bond, particularly of marriage.

He shall not knit a knot in his fortunes with the finger of my substance
Page, of a suitor in Merry Wives of Windsor

I’ll have this knot knit up tomorrow morning
Capulet, when Juliet submits to the marriage with Paris Romeo & Juliet

Cressid is mine, tied with the bonds of heaven… The bonds of heaven are slipped, dissolv’d, and loos’d; And with another knot, five-finger-tied,
Troilus and Cressida, when Troilus discovers Cressida is promised to another.

To hold you in perpetual amity, To make you brothers, and to knit your hearts
With an unslipping knot …
Agrippa proposing a marriage in Anthony & Cleopatra

Math Jones takes this imagery literally and has his characters tie, and untie, betrothal ropes, with terrible consequences. Lives and loves unravel, and the Knotsman must run for his life.

Math is in Worcester, the Knotsman’s stomping ground, tonight, reading alongside Claire Trévien and Charley Barnes at the Hive. see facebook event

Knot pictures from the recent Anni Albers exhibition at Tate Modern

Final Video from the Launch of The Knotsman

Math Jones reads Mr Swarthye

 

at the launch of The Knotsman

You can buy the book direct from us at our web shop (post free in the UK)

Next live reading
TOMORROW! Tuesday 23rd April 7pm
The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester, WR1 3PD

Ninth Video from the Launch of The Knotsman

Math Jones reads The Itinerant

 

at the launch of The Knotsman

You can buy the book direct from us at our web shop (post free in the UK)

Next live reading
Tuesday 23rd April 7pm
The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester, WR1 3PD

Eighth Video from the Launch of The Knotsman

Math Jones reads His Master Freed

at the launch of The Knotsman

You can buy the book direct from us at our web shop (post free in the UK)

Next live reading
23rd April 7pm
The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester, WR1 3PD

Seventh (set of) Videos from the Launch of The Knotsman

Math Jones reads Four Failures

at the launch of The Knotsman

You can buy the book direct from us at our web shop (post free in the UK)

Next live reading
23rd April 7pm
The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester, WR1 3PD

Sixth Video from the Launch of The Knotsman

Math Jones reads The Spur

at the launch of The Knotsman

You can buy the book direct from us at our web shop (post free in the UK)

Next live reading
23rd April 7pm
The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester, WR1 3PD