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 Jeremy Dixon who we have published in The Other Side of Sleep and Liberty Tales and whose collection In Retail we hope to publish as soon as we can afford to!
In 2017 we are celebrating Arachne Press’ fifth anniversary, or in another way of measuring the passing of five years (which I had to Google), then we could say that 2017 marks Arachne Press’ Wooden anniversary!
The link with wood feels quite appropriate to a young publishing house. Like the tree Arachne Press has made it through the difficult sprouting and sapling years, all the while avoiding being grazed by passing sheep or snapped in two by inquisitive toddlers and it is now well on the way to the maturity of stature and putting down deep, deep roots. (Books are also traditionally made from trees, although in keeping with these more environmentally aware times Arachne Press prints most of their books on wood-free paper.)
Trees need to be flexible, they must be able to sway in storm conditions and to react to the stresses of thunder and lightning or they will be toppled and their trunk broken. This adaptability seems not too much different to the juggling act Cherry has to perform daily to make sure that a growing list of literary chestnuts meet their copy, proof and print deadlines, that all grant applications follow the correct criteria, down to finding someone who can jump up on stage to replace a lost, or late reader.
A tree is also a sign of strength and support. We climb trees to reach higher, to make it up to the canopy to be able to see the view from the top, which we would not have been able to do on our own. It makes me very proud that my association with Arachne Press began with submitting work to the The Other Side of Sleep anthology. Cherry accepted my long poem In Retail (xxiii) to include in the book, which at 60 lines would have had found great difficulty in being welcomed anywhere else. This show of support and the confidence boost of publication were invaluable to me. There are also many types and species of trees and Arachne Press reflects this in the broad spectrum of society that their writers and poets represent, and although not specifically a LGBTQ press, none-the-less it feels very important to me that it is they who publish my work.
Five years of producing new and exciting writing that would not be published elsewhere is a great achievement that needs to be celebrated – so here’s to the next half-decade of Arachne Press under the guidance of the wonderful Cherry. Who knows what wonderful books may appear next or what fabulous creations will bear fruit will because Arachne Press are here, growing in the world!
Jeremy will be reading at the PARTY on the 8th September. Come along!
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 Kate Foley who we published in The Other Side of Sleep, Liberty Tales and The Don’t Touch Garden
When Cherry first told me she was launching a new press my first (private!) reaction was….hmmmm….? How many small – or micro, as she calls it – presses are launched like massive liners every year, only to founder like a leaf on the stream of got-in-first-well-funded competitors? Good Luck! But it turned out she didn’t need luck. Her energy and commitment to finding interesting authors with a story to tell or a poem to write has led to the five-year-old toddler Arachne Press growing to a stature well beyond its years, with a list that compares with many an older, staider press.
In particular, since poetry is my bag, I am proud to be in her line-up of vibrant and interesting poets, astonished that she used my poem The Other Side of Sleep as title for her innovative book of (neglected) narrative poems, delighted that she has published my collection about adoption and childhood, The Don’t Touch Garden and look forward to the emergence of A Gift of Rivers in April.
That is of course after a rigorous and exhausting process of editing and the prospect of an equally wilt-making string of readings…. but hey! let me not grumble. It’s high time we poets – especially those of us who don’t have very sharp elbows and who are maybe knocking-on a bit – learned to value a publisher who cares even more about getting our work out there than sales.
So thank you Cherry and Happy Fifth Birthday Arachne.
I can’t believe I forgot to put anything up on the website! I did a newsletter, put up the individual book pages, then got on with the work that results from good news! Anyway…
After what turned out to be months of form-filling we have secured Arts Council Funding for this year’s Solstice Shorts Festival, and the next four books, including taking them on tour, and for four sessions of The Story Sessions (more later!).
We do have to raise some money ourselves – brace yourselves for more Crowd Funds – you can also help by becoming a FRIEND of Arachne.
The books we will be publishing:
November: Liberty Tales
An anthology of stories and poems inspired by Magna Carta. Yes, we know, last year – but our Human Rights Act is once again being eyed for demolition, so when is freedom out of season?
Wednesday 7pm 16/11/2016 Brockley Deli The Story Sessions
Thursday 7.30 17/11/2016 Greenwich Launch West Greenwich Library
Friday 7.30 18/11/2016 Oxford Albion Beatnik
Wednesday 7pm 23/11/2016 Lewisham Library
Thursday 7pm 24/11/2016 Essex Greenstead Library Colchester
Thursday 7pm 01/12/2016 North London Housmans Bookshop
December: Shortest Day, Longest Night
Wednesday 5.30 & 7pm 21/12/2016 Greenwich Launch (Solstice Shorts Festival) West Greenwich Library & Made in Greenwich
Friday 7.30 06/01/2017 Oxford Albion Beatnik
Wednesday 7pm 11/01/2017 Lewisham Library
Sat 3pm 14/01/2017 Essex Wivenhoe library
Wednesday 7pm 18/01/2017 Brockley Deli story sessions
A collection of themed narrative poems exploring folk tales from several continents, Shakespeare and Troy.
Thursday 7pm 23/02/2017 London Launch Keats House Library
Friday 7.30 03/03/2017 Oxford Albion Beatnik
Wednesday 7pm 08/03/2017 Lewisham Library
Wednesday 7pm 15/03/2017 Brockley story sessions
Thursday 7.30 16/03/2017 Greenwich West Greenwich Library
Thursday 7.30 30/03/2017 Bradford on Avon Words and Ears
Sunday 8pm 30/4/17 Cheltenham Buzzwords
Witty, dark, deliciously twisted, fantasy shorts.
Thursday 7pm 06/04/2017 London launch The Old Church, Stoke Newington
Wednesday 7pm 12/04/2017 Essex Basildon Library
Tuesday 7pm 25/04/2017 Lewisham Library
Wednesday 7.30 26/04/2017 Hoxton Burley Fisher bookshop
Friday 7.30 28/04/2017 Oxford Albion Beatnik
Thursday 8pm 04/05/2017 Greenwich West Greenwich Library
Wednesday 7pm 17/05/2017 Brockley story sessions
Weekend starting 02/06/2017 Stoke Newington Literary Festival – details won’t be confirmed until mid-October
We are also in discussion with Wandsworth and Kensington & Chelsea libraries for more dates for all of the books. Run a bookshop/library/ lit fest? Want us to come and read? Ask!
Saturday: It’s sunny in Faversham, and the peaceful rather lovely market town is doing it’s thing, having a market, (excellent russian street food) and round the corner in the Alexander Centre there are writers and publishers at TLW LEXiCON talking about writing and publishing and marketing and … making friends, reading their work (aloud! Including Arachne Authors Katy Darby and Bartle Sawbridge) selling books and generally having a good time.
Sunday: we’re still here, doing the writery stuff. So if you live in North Kent, or even South East London, it’s a lovely day, come down to Faversham, enjoy the pubs and cafes, walk along the creek and drop into the Alexander Centre to meet the lovely people. We’re talking about writing across genres at 10, and Cherry Potts is reading a story of YOUR choice (so long as she wrote it, and you are there to ask) at around 12 (the schedule has been a little fluid).
Published quarterly, in March, June, September and December, Inkapture aims to find creative writing of diversity and originality, to publish unique and quality work – from authors of poetry, fiction and other writing – which may have previously been overlooked.
Welcome to Arachne Press.
This website will soon be host to lovely books and e-books, and news about books.
Arachne Press is a new publisher of exciting novels and short stories for adults and children; poetry and selected non-fiction. We will also be keeping fiction (poetry, non-fiction) live, through readings, workshops and all things to do with writing.
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