July happenings

Arachne will be trundling about this month – founder Cherry Potts is speaking at St Leonard’s Salon on 20th July (That’s St Leonard’s near Hastings) south coast friends, and anyone who’d like a trip to the seaside, it would be lovely to see you! Alix Adams will be there too, helping to read extracts from various books.

On the 26th we are at Bookwood pop-up book fair along with lots of other small indie publishers, at Netil Market in Westwood Street E8 (Near Broadway Market). It’s handy for the Overground, so we are hoping for fine weather and are in discussion as to whether there is somewhere practical for Stations authors Bartle Sawbridge, Rosalind Stopps and Wendy Gill to read to you. We hope so, as it will be very close to Arachne’s 3rd birthday, and we like to celebrate in style! Come along for special birthday offers, and signed copies.

 

February Events: Devilskein & Dearlove at Lewisham Library

Join us at Lewisham Library
199 201 Lewisham High Street
SE13 6LG

on Thursday 5 February from 20:00 to 21:30

Come and hear actor Peter Noble read from Alex Smith’s Carnegie Prize nominated tale of Erin Dearlove. From living grumpily with her bohemian Aunt Kate, Erin’s life changes when she goes to tea with Mr Devilskein, the demon who lives on the top floor. A fantastical story aimed primarily at 12-18 year olds, but in the tradition of former Carnegie medal winners Phillip Pullman, Terry Pratchett and CS Lewis entirely suitable fro anyone aged 9-900 and there is plenty for adult readers and listeners to savour.

This is a free event but please pre-book your tickets

Watch the YouTube trailer for Devilskein & Dearlove

We will have a novel Q&A on the night (like skype without the technical hiccups) – as Alex Smith lives in South Africa and isn’t able to be with us. We have asked people to get questions in early so that Alex can record her answers for the event.

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Devilskein at The Gate Library

Devilskein Dearlove event poster copyLive or study in E7? Get yourself to the Gate Library at 11am on Thursday 22nd January to meet Mr Devilskein impersonator, Greg Page, watch the trailer and catch author Alex Smith answering questions on video, and buy a book! Got a Question about writing the book? You have until the end of today to ask via twitter @Devilskein or @Africa_Alex or by our page here. School Parties actively encouraged, ideal for 10-14 year olds, enjoyed by 9-900 year olds.

Take tea with a demon – Tooting & Balham

erin dearloveTwo opportunities on the same day for tea with Mr Devilskein, the supergenarian companyman (aka Demon) with a need for a new heart…

Malini Stevenson is reading from Devilskein & Dearlove Alex Smith‘s amazing reboot of The Secret Garden, set in Cape Town and featuring Demons, hidden gardens, a cricket who used to be a Chinese ambassador, and Erin Dearlove, possibly the grumpiest heroine in literature… but not without cause…

Catch the readings of the wildest young adult novel of the season at the following times and places:

Thursday 7th August

Balham Library 16 Ramsden Road SW12 8QY at 2:30

Tooting Library 75 Mitcham Road SW17 9PD at 4:30

Opportunity to buy (signed) copies of the book, and depending on the library’s policy (not checked yet – a job for Monday) we might be offering fresh baked scones…

 

Southwark Arts Fair photos

rosalind safBartle Sawbridge (For Your Ears Only – Lovers’ Lies) and Rosalind Stopps (The Suitcase – London Lies) reading at Southwark Arts Fair, Saturday 13th July, Hays Galleria

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reading in the sun

Why would I want to sit at the computer on a day like this? Luckily the lot of an independent publisher is such that I can take books out into the garden to read, and still be working! Thank god for the cordless/ mobile phone.

CityReadingSo I’m off to sit in the garden, very probably with a cat or two, as well as the four or five books I plan to talk about for the Cityread panel at Ealing Library this Saturday afternoon, and work out (to some extent) what I’m going to say, and which illustrative quotes I’m going to want .  If you are in the area come along!

Whitechapel Idea Store: the video

A little delayed, but here is the video of our Stations event at Whitechapel Idea store

Rosalind, Wendy and Caroline:

Cherry & Bartle

Wood Green Central Library Reading

Lovers’ Lies Authors will be reading at

Wood Green Central Library,
187-197A High Road, N22 6XD

on Thursday 28th February 7-8pm.

As you probably know, we at Arachne Press love our London Underground so we are off up to the far reaches of the Piccadilly line!

Join us as we wallow in the many facets of relationships. Old love, cold love, true love, new love, dead love, we’re through love – making babies and making whoopee, disappointment and contentment, playing at home, playing away or just playing; missed chances and new romances: everything from first conversation to last breath: LOVE in all its permutations, gay, straight and more.

Confirmed authors reading so far: Cherry Potts (Mirror), Nathan Good (The Games I’ve Played and the People I’ve Played Them With), Michelle Shine (Skin Deep) and possibly Katy Darby (Co-Editor) reading for Alison Willis

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Lovers’ Lies Cover image Copyright Annie Rickard Strauss

Watch this space for more information.

The Readings Kit – addendum

A well organised publisher on her way to a reading also takes:

Lots of nice pens for the authors to sign the books with

and the book stands.

and carrier bags to  make it possible for people to buy and carry away four copies at a time…

A small hint to join us at Deptford Lounge tonight at 7pm for the Stations whistle-stop tour of the Overground. eight stories (extracts!!) in 90 minutes. It is officially publication date today!

Big thank you to the huge crowd who turned out at Canvas & Cream last night and bought all the copies of Stations I had with me. Taking a larger stock tonight, which means A. has to act as sherpa too.

And finally! A reminder that the Launch is at the Brunel Museum this Sunday at 12.30.

The Readings Kit

Aside

Note to self, written on the pad intended for midnight inspiration and used more often for 4am anxieties:

ORGANISE  READINGS KIT.

Wouldn’t life be simple if I was organised? I do a good pretense, but that’s it really. The office looks like a bomb hit it, and A. has retreated with laptop to another room because there isn’t room for both of us anymore.

So what goes in the readings kit?

Books!

and:

Posters saying we are there
and postcards for future events
and blu tack
and print off of author information
and print off of what I’m reading marked up for ease
and order slips in case we run out of books (wouldn’t that be nice)
and a tablecloth
and ‘special offer’ notices and price tickets and ‘make cheques payable to…’ sign
and a float
and a charity box for the penny change people sometimes don’t want
and the camera and the tripod(s) and the recording device and spare batteries
and a HUGE suitcase to put it all in

and my ‘Stations Author’ badge, and the Arachne Press one too
and the oystercard!

and (depending on where it is) booze, glasses…

All of which is a convoluted way of saying see you at Canvas & Cream tonight at 7pm!

Now, have I forgotten anything?