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.

 

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

Michelle Penn reading at the Greenwich Book Launch for Noon

Michelle Penn reading Precarious at the Greenwich Book Launch for Noon with much improved sound compared to the live version!

many thanks to Stephen Lawrence Gallery for hosting.

You can buy a copy of the book in any good bookshop or from us direct (and post free within UK) which makes us very happy.

The next launch is in Aberdeen at Blackwells at 5.30 on March 29th, organised by Intuitive Music Aberdeen

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 Launch video End of Ramadan

Poet Michelle Penn reads her poem, End of Ramadan at the launch 2017 Solstice Shorts Festival anthology DUSK at Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Greenwich.

Dusk at St John’s – Video – Decorations of a Fermented Season

Michelle Penn reads poem Decorations of a Fermented Season by Alice Tarbuck, from Solstice Shorts Anthology DUSK, at St Johns Festival in Downham

Dusk at St John’s Festival- video – End of Ramadan

Poet Michelle Penn reads her poem The End of Ramadan, from Solstice Shorts anthology, DUSK at St John’s Festival Downham

Dusk: Video – Ellon – End of Ramadan

Haworth Hodgkinson reads End of Ramadan by Michelle Penn 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

Preview of Dusk on Resonance FM

Listen to Cherry Potts, Laila Sumpton, Michelle Penn, Katerina Watson Math Jones and Grace Cookey-Gam talking about and reading from work that will be performed in tomorrow’s Solstice Shorts Festival together with two of the songs – Anna Kissell’s Oh, the Dark (Bristol) and 3 Bucket Jones Light Another Candle for You

Dusk Poet: Michelle Penn

Photograph by Andrew Tobin/Tobinators Ltd

Michelle Penn’s poetry has recently appeared in Shearsman, Magma, Under the Radar, The North and Butcher’s Dog. One of her poems inspired a jazz piece by the composer Sarah Woolfenden, which was performed in July 2017. Michelle is currently completing a book-length poem and working on a collection. She also writes fiction.

Michelle’s poem for Dusk, The End of Ramadan, will be performed at Ellon, at Dusk on the 21st December 2017 and published in the Dusk anthology on 21st June 2018