Shortest Day, Longest Night on Tour: Bath – Video

We had a great night in Bath, with our join Liberty Tales/Shortest Day, Longest Night outing,with a very enthusiastic crowd, and readings from, in particular, Nick Rawlinson who not only read his own Into the Blue (Liberty Tales), but helped out Pippa Gladhill with Mercury and tackled David MathewsMouse.  Nick felt the story was so intense it didn’t need the distraction of him performing and sat with his back to the camera! And Jill Sharp (On Reflection), was not happy to be filmed so we just have sound for each of these.

Mouse:

On Reflection:

Also reading from Shortest Day, Longest Night and very happy to be filmed, was Cherry Potts (The Midwinter Wife)

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catch the tour:

Tomorrow! Sat 14/01/2017 3pm Wivenhoe Library, Wivenhoe, Essex.
Stories: Rosalind Stopps, Cherry Potts, David Steward, Katy Darby, Poem: Lisa Kelly

Wednesday 7pm 18/01/2017 Brockley Deli The Story Sessions: Winter Tales Poems from Karina Lutz and Megan E Freeman (read by Annalie Wilson) Stories from Rosalind Stopps, plus other non-Arachne authors.

The Liberty Tales section of the Bath event will be posted later, watch this space.

Brockley MAX Story Sessions: Asylum

brockley max 16The Story Sessions is out of retirement for BrockleyMax. FREE EVENT

refugees welcomeSaturday 28th May 3.30pm in St Hilda’s Church, Courtrai Road Crofton Park SE23 1PL: Asylum – stories and poems and music around the concept of safety/sanctuary or the need for it. This is partly to showcase the Refugees Welcome anthology (not published by us, raising funds for Red Cross Refugee work) and will include stories from the book. Stories will be read by a mixture of authors and actors – where the author’s name is in bold, they are reading.

Refreshments avilable from 3pm. (if you have the stamina there’s a singing workshop with Various Voices on the same theme at 6:45 in the undercroft.)

The line up:

Music & story from Matthew Crampton from his book & show – Human Cargo

Story Mouse by David Mathews, which is featured in last year’s Solstice Shorts and will be in the forthcoming anthology Shortest Day, Longest Night Read by Alix Adams

Story Queues from Cherry Potts, from the Refugees Welcome anthology

Story This England by Oscar Windsor-Smith from the Refugees Welcome anthology Read by Alix Adams

Poems  Roots and Jail Break by Kate Foley* read by Katy Darby

Story Etymology of Happiness by Jane Roberts from the Refugees Welcome anthology read by Katy Darby

and of course …. YOU!

The Story Sessions is run like a folk club – headliners, support acts and floor spots – you can join in with 100 words of fiction or poetry on theme. Come prepared or write something with a cup of tea between 3-3.30, pens & paper will be provided!Story Sessions logo copy

Katy

Katy

Alix

Alix

*Kate Foley WILL be reading her own poetry at the NEXT The Story Sessions on 1st June at The Brockley Deli. Theme Childhood.

BrockleyMAX: The Story Sessions

brockley max 16We are reviving The Story Sessions, we hope permanently! starting with a couple of events at BrockleyMax. Both events are free to attend.

The Story Sessions is run like a folk club – headliners, support acts and floor spots – you can join in with 100 words of fiction or poetry on theme.Story Sessions logo copy

refugees welcomeSaturday 28th May 3pm in St Hilda’s Church, Courtrai Road Crofton Park SE23 1PL: Asylum – stories and poems around the concept of safety/sanctuary or the need for it. This is partly to showcase the Refugees Welcome anthology (not published by us!) and will includes stories from the book. more information after the close of the call out for submissions on 1st May

 Wednesday 1st June 7.30 at The Brockley Deli 14A Brockley Cross London, SE4 1BE

Stories and poems on the theme of Childhood. Kate Foley will be headlining this with her adoption poems The Don’t Touch Garden, and we have stories lined up from Liam Hogan and Helen Morris. More info after the close of the call out.

kate at a distance

Kate Foley reading from The Don’t Touch Garden

Liam Hogan reads from RAT

Liam Hogan reads from RAT

London Book Fair Poetry Pavilion update

9781909208186Our slot at the Poetry Pavilion at London Book Fair has expanded.

We are now reading on Wednesday 13th at 15.35, and Bernie and Jeremy are joined by Math Jones.

Math Jones - Geoff Robinson, photographer

At about 16:10 we will be talking about poetry in performance.

If you are a poet or poet-in-waiting and attending the LBF you might be interested in the Inpress LBF Poetry Prize. email or hand deliver to the pavilion, a poem on the subject of Internationalism.

more information here: : http://inpressbooks.co.uk/pages/lbf-poetry-prize

Kate Foley & Cherry Potts reading at Gay’s the Word – Video

We had a great evening at Gay’s the Word – thank you to Uli & Jim – and despite Kate’s determination to walk out of shot, we have some video – where it got silly, with just a sleeve on show, there’s audio instead.

Here’s Cherry reading a bit about family from The Dowry Blade, chosen specially to link with Kate’s themes, and not read elsewhere.

and audio of the other section read

Here’s Kate reading a varied selection of poems from The Don’t Touch Garden

Blue Glass, Empty Pram:

Oral History:

My Father Counting Sheep:

The Elephant Aunts:

 

and here, reading an abridged version of the long title poem.

continued off camera…

The Don’t Touch Garden video interview with Kate Foley part 2

Video

The final section of the video interview with Kate Foley including material not included in earlier posts.

Kate’s new collection, The Don’t Touch Garden, is due out in October.

Preorder a copy, which will be posted to you as soon as stock arrives from the printer, probably early September.

Arachne Press at Swindon Poetry Festival

We have a little cluster of poets in the South West, and we like to give everyone an opportunity to get out and read their work, so this year we asked the lovely people at Swindon Poetry Festival if we could come and read with them, and they said, of course! We’ve managed to persuade a couple of poets from further afield to join us, and we are going to have a lovely time, and hope you will come along and enjoy it too.

Jeremy DixonKate FoleyElinor Brooks

Cherry Potts copyright Tom Dingley 2014

bernadette howley

Jill Sharp

SUNDAY 4/10/15 3pm to 4:30pm
Central Library Regent Circus, Swindon SN1 1QG

Cherry Potts presents: The Other Side of Sleep
Following a short discussion between the poets, the editor, and the audience on what makes a narrative poem, some of the contributors to The Other Side of Sleep will read their work. Each tells a story – sometimes in a straightforward purposeful way, sometimes in a roundabout way, but somewhere there is a thread of narrative woven through. Narrative, but by no means traditional poems, by contemporary voices Kate Foley, Bernie Howley, Elinor Brooks, Jeremy Dixon and Jill Sharp. Kate will also be reading part of the title (narrative) poem from her VERY SOON to be published collection, The Don’t Touch Garden.

Tickets £5 plus booking fee from http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/festival-program-2015-tickets-17467712398 we are near the bottom of the page!

Celebrate LGBT History Month 2015

Celebrating LGBT history month, Cherry Potts, Arachne’s owner and editor, and author of Mosaic of Air is appearing in an exhibition of photos by Tom Dingley at various venues in Lewisham Borough as part of Tom’s #Outcome project.

Cherry Potts copyright Tom Dingley 2014

Cherry Potts copyright Tom Dingley 2014

Cherry will also be talking about lesbian literature, publishing and reading from her work,
at North Kensington Library on 12th February at 6pm (With V A Fearon) free!

Shouting about Lesbian Literature: coming out as a lesbian writer

Cherry Potts’ first collection of lesbian short stories, Mosaic of Air was published over 20 years ago, and she now owns her own independent publishing house, Arachne Press. V.A. Fearon’s first self-published crime thriller, The Girl with the Treasure Chest came out last year. What has changed for the Lesbian author in the interim? What has the recent surge of self and indie publishing done for lesbian literature (and what is it anyway)? Two personal approaches with readings.

Book your free place for this event at North Kensington Library. Tel: 020 7361 3010
and at Richmond Library on 26th February at 7pm (£2).

An evening with writer and publisher Cherry Potts at Richmond Lending Library

Join writer and publisher Cherry Potts for an evening of readings and informal discussion of Lesbian and Gay writing with a whirl through anything from myth to science fiction. Cherry will read from her own work and others published by her award-winning publishing house, Arachne Press. Tickets £2.00 including refreshments.

Richmond Lending Library, Little Green, Richmond, TW9 1QL

You can book online for the Richmond Library event

I Thought I Had More Time Solstice Shorts Festival Video

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I Thought I Had More Time – something that cropped up a lot in our Solstice Shorts story competition, but Helen Morris‘ story, read here by Jonathan Rice, really wowed the judges, winning her one of the five special accolades, Judges Favourite. This story is one of 16 read at the festival and featured in the book Solstice Shorts: Sixteen Stories about Time
Our BSL interpreters wish it to be known that this is not what they consider performance standard signing, they needed a chance to rehearse with the performers for that, but you will be able to follow the story.

To complement the story, a song from the magnificent Shadrack Tye, Another Way.

http://youtu.be/gZLntZV_uQo

Devilskein in Brentwood

mr devilskeinLive or study in Brentwood? Get yourself to Brentwood Theatre at 13:30 on Wednesday 21st January to meet Mr Devilskein impersonator, Greg Page, watch the trailer and catch author Alex Smith answering questions on video, talk to publisher Cherry Potts 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. Tickets £4 from Ticket Source