Video from Other Worlds – the Real McCoy

The final video from our Brockley Max event, (which became a celebration as we won an award!) at Misty Moon – a mermaid runs away (or should that be swims away?) to the circus, and finds it’s not all she hoped.

The wonderful Carrie Cohen (currently appearing at the Tabard in Misalliance by Bernard Shaw) reads from The Real McCoy, by Cherry Potts

If you would like to see the whole thing read live you can catch Louise Gummer reading at The Literary Kitchen Festival TOMORROW, Tuesday 17th June, 6.30 as fellow Sabotage2014 Award winners, Liars’ League, head south for the evening and take up residence at the Peckham Pelican.

You will also soon be able to see video of Lin Sagovsky reading The Real McCoy at Liars’ League last week. Keep an eye on their website.

 

 

Videos from Other Worlds – Weird Lies

More videos from our celebratory Brockley Max evening at Misty Moon, readings this time from our Saboteur2014 Award Winning anthology, Weird Lies.

Sarah Feathers reads from David Malone‘s The Love Below

Lisa Rose reads from Christopher SamuelsTouchdown

and Tony Bell reads from Lee Reynoldson‘s Haiku Short, Parakeet Prawns, Konnichiwa Peter

John Gaffen’s photos from Other Worlds

Just a quick link to John’s pictures on Facebook for last night’s triumphant celebration of our award, (Have I mentioned the award?) as part of BrockleyMax, at Misty Moon Gallery.

Thanks to the wonderful Carrie Cohen, Sarah Feathers, Sean Patterson, Lisa Rose, Tony Bell and Silas Hawkins, who did our Weird and Lovers’ stories proud. Thanks to Stuart & Jen for hosting. Video of the event up soon.The sharp-eyed will spot some pictures that aren’t people – that’s the trailer for Devilskein & Dearlove which we previewed last night, it went down very well!

Weird Lies WINS Saboteur2014 Award for BEST ANTHOLOGY

I’m going to be spending the morning editing all references to the lovely Weird Lies on the website  to AWARD WINNING Weird Lies, because, ladies, gentleman and aliens… WE WON!!

arachne liars awards SabotageOur award, and the one won by our dear friends Liars’ League snuggle up for a proud photo.Saboteur Awards 2014 flyerA Big thank you to Sabotage Reviews for their brilliant organisation and for their reviews, and for putting on the awards in the first place.

So what does it all mean, apart from the warm glow and the little star thingy and the aforementioned editing of the website?

It means that a lot of people like what we do – the award is by public vote (THANK YOU everyone who nominated and voted for us, you are lovely, lovely people).

It might mean it’s easier to get books into bookshops, and sold – you might think that creativity is its own reward, but we all need to eat.

It might mean we get more gigs for our readings – speaking of – TONIGHT you can hear lovely Liars’ League actors Tony Bell, Silas Hawkins, Carrie Cohen, Sean Patterson, Lisa Rose and Sarah Feathers reading from AWARD WINNING* Weird Lies, and it’s equally terrific stable fellow, Lovers’ Lies, at Misty Moon, where we will also be PREVIEWING the animated trailer (by upcoming animator Nick Page) for our next book, Devilskein & Dearlove. I will say nothing more, other than it’s ACE (Misty Moon aficionados, yes that is what I mean.)

(* wondering how long it will take to get bored with typing that)

It was an excellent event, which kept the energy going all afternoon and all evening, with live readings from all sorts of poets and authors, including London Lies author and Oxford local, Emily Cleaver.Emily Cleaver reading at Sabotage

A BIG thank you to everyone I forgot to thank last night, I hadn’t written a speech, so it was very off the cuff.

And a very big thank you to all the writers, in AWARD WINNING Weird Lies and all the other books, you are all brilliant.

And an especially big thank you to Alix, who turns out for almost every live event and does front-of-house so brilliantly. For someone who said she didn’t want to be involved, she does an epic amount, and it wouldn’t happen without her.

 

Coming up this weekend – Sabotage and Other Worlds

Saboteur Awards 2014

Voting has now closed in the Saboteur2014 awards, so it’s all out of your hands now. However, you can come along on Saturday 31st to the FREE book fair and readings 1:30-6, at the Jericho Tavern, Walton Street, Oxford OX2 6AE, and for the modest fee of £5 to the award ceremony 6.30- 9.30(ish?) tickets here

Saboteur Awards 2014 flyer

Arachne Author Emily Cleaver is one of the performers  in the afternoon, reading from London Lies, and if we WIN we’ll be reading a snippet of something (she says, mentally reviewing the time scales for rehearsing that) from Award short-listed Weird Lies

You can also come and hear readings from Award short-listed Weird Lies (I get a warm happy feeling every time I type that) and Lovers’ Lies at our BrockleyMax event, Other Worlds the following day, Sunday 1st June 7pm at Misty Moon

Brockley Max logo

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Other Worlds at Misty Moon

other worlds email version

As part of the Brockley Max festival, we are reading at Misty Moon Gallery, behind Ladywell Tavern, 80 Ladywell Road SE13 7HS, 7pm 1st June at 7pm.

We were rifling or is that riffling*? through Lovers’ Lies and (Award WINNING) Weird Lies for stories as yet unread to a live audience, and look what we found!

Weird dreams that might become real, loneliness-eating goldfish , gravity-challenged adolescents, a modern take on The Flying Dutchman, Buddha interferes when the air-con breaks down, and (not in either book, but just for fun) a fairground exhibit answering back.

Haiku Short, Parakeet Prawns, Konnichiwa Peter by Lee Reynoldson, read by Tony Bell
The Love Below by David Malone, read by Sarah Feathers
Touchdown by Christopher Samuels, read by Lisa Rose
Surf & Turf by Mi L Holliday, read by Sean Patterson
This isn’t Heat by Richard Smyth, read by Silas Hawkins
The Real McCoy by Cherry Potts, read by Carrie Cohen

find out more about the readers

Can’t wait til the 1st June for your fix of live science fiction? come to The Story Sessions on Wednesday 21st May as well! Different stories and mostly different writers, but the same weird stuff.

*The spell check doesn’t like it, but it’s what you do with books isn’t it: riffle – as in to flick rapidly but gently through the pages… word of the day!

 

Weird Lies and Mosaic of Air Live Readings This Saturday

Mistymoon flier2After a fabulous evening on Tuesday (it’s taken me this long to recover!) our next event is at Misty Moon, 80 Ladywell Road (behind the Ladywell Tavern) SE13 7HS. 7.30 for 8, til about 10. Free!

Readings from both books:

Angela Trevithick: Fuzzby and Coo

Cherry Potts: Penelope is No Longer Waiting

Rebecca J Payne Hollow Man (read by Cliff Chapman)

Tom McKay: What does H2O feel like to the Tadpoles? (read by Alastair Lock)

David McGrath: The Elephant in the Tower

We are hoping some of the other authors will be present, so that you can collect lots of signatures to turn a wonderful book into a collector’s item, but Cherry Angela & David will definitely sign any book put in front of them.

Pop up bar, books to buy at special launch prices, free ‘Books are my Bag’ bag to stuff full of said books, and assorted other (modest)  freebies, including our prized handmade badges.

Come along, tell your friends – bring your friends.

Fantasy Tales at Misty Moon

Mistymoon flier2Join us for fantastical stories based on myth, fairytale, philosophy and, scarily (if loosely), fact.

Saturday 5th October Misty Moon Gallery, behind the Ladywell Tavern, 80 Ladywell Road, SE13 7HS

An informal event with readings of the more fantastical stories from Mosaic of Air and Weird Lies.

We will be reading:

Rebecca J Payne Hollow Man (read by Cliff Chapman)

Tom McKay: What does H2O feel like to the Tadpoles? (read by Alastair Lock)

Cherry Potts: Penelope is No Longer Waiting

David McGrath: The Elephant in the Tower

Angela Trevithick: Fuzzby and Coo

Misty Moon Weird Lies Photos

Some photos of the readers at Sunday’s Preview event for Weird Lies at Misty Moon Gallery.

Thanks to John Gaffen of White Windmill Photography for sharing his photos with us.

Alistair Lock  copyright John Gaffen

Alistair Lock
copyright John Gaffen

Sophie Aldred Misty Moon 2 Copyright John gaffen

Sophie Aldred Copyright John Gaffen

Ray Newe Misty Moon 3 copyright John gaffen

Ray Newe copyright John Gaffen

Cliff Chapman Mistymoon2 copyright John Gaffen

Cliff Chapman copyright John Gaffen

Cherry Potts Copyright John Gaffen

Misty Moon Preview of Weird Lies – the video

We had a spectacular evening at Misty Moon last night. Thanks to Stuart for hosting,and to all our lovely readers for making the stories shine (and for bringing a Doctor Who element to the proceedings!)and the authors for writing such brilliant material in the first place … and the audience for showing up and buying books and laughing so much.

Stuart has asked us to make it a regular date – quarterly to start off with so the next one will be Sunday 29th September, just after we publish Weird Lies and Mosaic of Air.

If, having watched the videos, you want to help Arachne Press publish Weird Lies you can contribute to the funds by preordering or by contributing to our kickstarter campaign.

Sophie Aldred reads Content Management by Derek Ivan Webster (from Weird Lies)

Alistair Lock reads Zwo by Alan Graham (from Weird Lies)

Ray Newe reads ChronoCrisis 3000 by Andrew Lloyd-Jones (from Weird Lies)

Cliff Chapman reads A Time and Place Unknown by Jason Jackson (from Lovers’ Lies)

There’s no video of Cherry Potts reading The Bone Box, from Mosaic of Air because a button didn’t get pressed on the video (that’s the sort of thing that would happen in ChronoCrisis 3000).

© Arachne Press 2013