Stations reviewed by Sabotage

Well this is exciting. After the brilliant review from Sabotage earlier this week for Lovers’ Lies, we have a review for Stations as well.

Highlights:

Carol[ine] Hardman’s ‘Bloody Marys and a bowl of Pho’ (Hoxton) is a modern-day, urban take on the vampire narratives so current at the moment. It is well-written and funny. ‘Platform Zero’ (Haggerston) by Michael Zimmer [Trimmer] also offers a quirky version of another, familiar theme – that of the parallel universe. ‘The Beetle’ by Ellie Stewart (Wapping) is also well-paced and moving in its portrayal of a broken relationship. Peter Morgan’s ‘Mr Forest Hill Station’ (Forest Hill) also stands out due to its tender depiction of the bond between strangers, meeting occasionally in the big city.

 

A common theme the stories share is the sense of locale; all stories give a real sense of London’s enclaves, those small areas threaded together by transport links. In some stories the topography is described in minute detail: ‘ ‘Left out of the station entrance,’ she had said, ‘not far until a sort-of-small-road-kind-of-more-like-an-alley which you need to go down all the way, then through the gap-between-the-shops to cross the big street, then to the right for a bit until you get to a shop with a kind-of-old-fashioned-green-sign and some little writing in the window […].’ (‘Three Things to Do in Surrey Quays’, Adrian Gantlope). It is enlightening to the non-London resident to think of London in such small terms, as described above.

Many stories also focus upon the fragility and fleetingness of relationships. For example, Rob Walton describes an odd kind of love affair in ‘Yellow Tulips’ (New Cross Gate), between the narrator, and John and Alex. The affair itself seems unsatisfactory and temporary, based on hurried meetings. Walton is effective at capturing the instability of the relationship: ‘It is possible to live in a city, a town, a village, an area of a city for a short time and make new friends, close friends, have altogether deeper relationships. Without the shared past or common references you can dive into the here and now, establish a new sort of relationship, one you haven’t tried before. Do all the things you didn’t do in the other places you lived. Then move on and become a new you, or be one of the other yous [sic] in another new place.’

Thank you Sabotage!

Arachne Authors talk about writing habits 2

Paula Read and Jacqueline Downs like to be in motion

Emily Cleaver writes when her child is asleep

Wendy Gill would like a greenhouse!

Lennart Lundh loves his computer, Michelle Shine loves her writing group

more arachne authors on the writers who inspire and influence them

Stations and London Lies contributors tell us about the writers they admire

Wendy Gill, Michael Trimmer, Ellie Stewart, Emily Cleaver

Peter Morgan and Jacqueline Downs

Stations: Norwood Junction – the Video

Been a bit slow editing the video from South Norwood Library but here it is at last.

Rosalind Stopps Recipes for a Successful Working Life (Norwood Junction)

Cherry Potts A Place of Departure (Rotherhithe)

Andrew Blackman Actress (Sydenham)

Jacqueline Downs She Didn’t Believe in Ghosts (Crystal Palace, read by Alix Adams)

Michael Trimmer Platform Zero (Haggerston)

Lots more readings happening, take a look at the events page

Arachne Press Authors talk about what they did before they met us

Of course we’d like to think the most significant relationship our authors have is with us as their publisher, but they do have histories…

find out what they got up to – in their writing,

Croydon Radio Interview tomorrow

Aside

Arachne Press Stations authors, Cherry Potts, Rosalind Stopps and Michael Trimmer are being interviewed on the Croydon Arts Show on Croydon Radio tomorrow at about 3pm. Tune in!

Video from Stations Launch

Here’s a little bit of video from the launch, before we hit technical difficulties. If anyone can tell me how to stop a Canon 550D from cutting out after only a few minutes, when there’s plenty of space on the card and the battery is fully charged, I’d be grateful!

Michael Trimmer’s Emily has a day that goes from bad to much, much worse at  Haggeston Station.

© Arachne Press 2012

STATIONS LAUNCH

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)

More planning ahead: Stations reading at South Norwood Library

A departure for us, a morning reading on a Saturday

South Norwood Library

Lawrence Road
South Norwood
SE25 5AA

Saturday 12th January 2013 10:30

get your fix of ghosts, aliens, regrets, sharks and workplace bullying

Authors reading:

Jaqueline Downs (Crystal Palace) read by Alix Adams

Michael Trimmer (Haggerston)

Rosalind Stopps (Norwood Junction)

Cherry Potts (Rotherhithe)

Andrew Blackman (Sydenham)

Planning Ahead: Stations at Whitechapel

The Stations roadshow (or should that be railshow?) rolls on into January.  We will be reading at

Whitechapel Ideas Store, 321 Whitechapel Road, E1 1BU

on Thursday 17th January 2013. 18:00-20:00.

come and listen to tales of:

Dalston moving day with Wendy Gill

History comes to life at Rotherhithe with Cherry Potts

Estate Agents get more than they bargained for at Shadwell with Bartle Sawbridge

Vampires struggle to cope with modern Hoxton with Caroline Hardman

Love blossoms amongst the coffee cups fo Brockley for Rosalind Stopps

and Aliens interfere in Emily’s career plan at Haggerston with Michael Trimmer