#Arachne5 The Hazlenut Grove Paula Read

As part of our Arachne 5th Anniversary celebrations, we’ve asked all of our authors to come up with a blog, that might have something to do with writing or anniversaries. Some of them responded! This one is from Paula Read whose work we published in Stations

 

The publication by Arachne Press of my two stories in Stations back in 2012 was a significant moment for me. I’ve made my living as a journalist and teacher, so writing has always been essential to those roles. I continued to squeeze imaginative writing into this life and, like most aspiring writers, had folders full of half-finished novels and abandoned stories.

Publication by Arachne, however, changed everything. It signalled that I could write a story that someone else would want to read. It signalled that I should be serious about writing for publication. It signalled potential.

But I realized I needed help – and deadlines. I signed up for a creative writing MA, with a non-fiction book in mind, and with time to devote to it. I am about to start my second year, with many thousands of words still to write – and I am having the time of my life.

A huge thank-you, therefore, to Arachne for the part it has played. Without Arachne’s founder Cherry Potts and her decision to publish my stories, I should not now be able to say the following: I expect to finish my book, the story of my cousin’s eventful move to a mountain top in Italy, by the end of 2018. Look out for The Hazelnut Grove by Paula Read.

Come to the 5th anniversary Party! free, but ticketed

Festive video from the Story Sessions

We had a great night at December’s The Story Sessions, here are videos of  the testbed offering from Paula Read and of our headliners:

Paula Read No Room (Testbed)

 

Peter Higgins It Never Snows at Christmas

 

Cherry Potts The Midwinter Wife

 

Bartle Sawbridge A Date for Maureen

 

Joan Taylor-Rowan Never Knowingly

 

And we had three Flash From the Floor, (one of which was a riposte to Pete’s story!) so thank you to our audience for joining in with your flash fiction, and wearing hats as requested for Bartle’s story, and for the feedback to Paula, all much appreciated.

The Many Hats of Bartle Sawbridge

It was Hats ON for Bartle at Wednesday Night’s Story Sessions, a seasonal collection of stories about cult singing groups and carol services, Spanish and Greek alcohol, a lack of christmas spirit, unwelcome and uninvited guests, and interlopers of other kinds, from Cherry Potts, Peter Higgins, Joan Taylor-Rowan and Paula Read, as well as Bartle and his hats – the audience joined in with a few Flash from the Floor, and hat wearing! The Ivy House got in the spirit of things with ivy garlands, fairly lights, roaring log fires, additional speakers (thanks Nyge) and festive gold lamé curtains for the stage too.

Here are the pictures, video will follow.

bartle tyrolean

Bartle in one of several hats

bartle sans headwearbartle fedora joanie in character

Joanie gets in character

Joanie gets in character

Peter Higgins

Peter Higgins

Paula Read

Paula Read

Peter Higgins on Stage

Peter Higgins on the glamorous gold stage

Writing Ambitions – three days to go on Kickstarter funding bid

Just thought I’d mention, its three days almost exactly until time runs out on our funding bid. If you’d like to support us, please take a look at the pitch – you can have a laugh at me and Katy being distracted by every butterfly that flew past, and remaining oblivious of the trains roaring by at the bottom of the garden – one of the few decent patches of sun so far this ‘Summer’, a bit like today.

And in the meantime, watch a whole bunch of Arachne authors talk about their writing ambitions…

© Arachne Press 2013

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

Arachne Authors talk about the writers who influence and inspire them

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

Andrew Blackman, Bartle Sawbridge, Rosalind Stopps, Adrian Gantlope, Joan Taylor-Rowan:

Paula Read, Caroline Hardman, Anna Fodorova, Cherry Potts

© Arachne Press 2013

Harrow Cityread – the video

Our final Cityread event showcasing Stations at Gayton Library, Harrow:

Wendy Gill on packing up for a never-ready son’s move to Dalston

Cherry Potts on the ghosts of Rotherhithe:

Bartle Sawbridge on an Estate Agent’s spiel hijacked by a local:

and Paula Read on love burgeoning in Canonbury:

© Arachne Press 2013

Andrew Blackman & Paula Read talk about inspiration

Authors Andrew and Paula interviewed about the inspiration behind their stories for Stations: Andrew’s is Actress (Sydenham), and Paula’s are All Change at Canonbury, and Carrot Cake (Honor Oak Park)

You can catch Paula reading from one of her Stations stories at Harrow’s Gayton Library on Tuesday 30th April, 7pm.

CityRead Harrow, Gayton Library, 30th April

Cityread London (1)I’m getting to know bits of London I’ve never explored before,  we are off to Harrow, to Gayton Library, 5 St John’s Road, Harrow, HA1 2EE for our final CityRead gig of this year on Tuesday 30th April 7pm.

Join Cherry Potts (Rotherhithe), Wendy Gill (Dalston), Bartle Sawbridge (Shadwell), Paula Read (Canonbury/ Honor Oak Park) for stories of history that climbs out of the mud to speak, maternal relationships, poetry and property, and either life changing experiences in the North or homelessness and home baking in the South depending on what mood Paula is in.

Stations - perfect for your commute

Deptford Lounge LGBT evening – the video

Following on from our Ealing outing we reprised the show at Deptford Lounge, with a slightly different line up. I still managed to not stand in front of the camera. Hey-ho.

Will Everett reads from Mirror by Cherry Potts

Gloria Sanders reads from Tasting Flight by Catherine Sharpe

Paula Read reads from her own All Change at Canonbury

Sarah Feathers reads from Dara by Jessica Lott

© Arachne Press 2013