The Old Woman from Friuli, a cancellation and a new date with Good Wolf

We’ve decided to cancel the reading at Shoreham Library on Saturday 14th October due to lack of take up. Sorry to disappoint anyone who was planning to come.

disappointed goats

But we have a reading by Good Wolf theatre company at Stanley Halls in South Norwood on Saturday 28th October at 1pm as part of their Story Time day for younger children. From what they say they seem to be planning to semi-stage it, I am so disappointed I can’t get there to watch, but they’ve promised to video it! Please go along so you can tell me how it went!

There will be a pop up bookshop which will have all our children’s books on sale.

£3 per child per session. Book via Stanley Halls – last time they had an event it filled up in 15 mins, so advisable to book!

We hope to collaborate some more with Good Wolf, so watch this space. (Such an appropriate company to work with, given the wolf theme coming up in book three of The Naming of Brook Storyteller: Wolftalker)

#Arachne5 London Lies

As part of the run up to our 5th anniversary we will be highlighting our first five books (Available for £5 from the shop.)

Also available to bona fide libraries and book charities free please contact us to enquire.

Starting with London Lies

Our very first book! We thought we’d be able to get it out in time for the Olympics (this was 2012) and sell thousands to tourists eager for something with London in the title (how naive we were). We managed to get the book out in time for the Paralympics but couldn’t persuade the bookshop at Stratford to stock it. We did all right though.

We launched London Lies at the London Review bookshop with readings from Carrie Cohen, Bertie Carvel, Danielle Fenemore, Greg Page and Phil Mulryne, the start of an ongoing and fruitful relationship with Carrie and Greg in particular – they are reading for us at Shoreham Word Festival in October!

From the mean streets of Hackney to sleepy South London suburbs, from boho Bloomsbury to City wine bars, London Lies is a tour of the capital as you’ve never seen it before. What happens when a girl on her way to work is propositioned by a frog? When a man breaks into London Zoo to fight a hippo? When nuclear bombs fall on a future London, when the rats rise up to rule us or – most terrifying of all – when Scrabble goes bad?

Watch Cherry Potts and Emily Cleaver talking about the inspiration behind their stories in London Lies

Londonist review ‘…nearly had us snivelling on a commuter train.’ ‘…each has a distinctive voice and a point to make. Perfect for reading in bite-sized chunks on the way around town.’

Sabotage Review ‘…this is one of the most enjoyable story collections I’ve had the pleasure of reading in several years.’ ‘…the consistently high quality of London Lies makes it difficult to review. Every time I have sat down to start writing, I’ve wanted to highlight different stories.’

Moving from 1930s Camden to a Royal Wedding “riot”, via football fights, office steeplechases and awkward dates in art galleries, London Lies is a bizarre, funny, moving and sometimes unnerving glimpse into the secret life of the city we all love and know … or do we?

Here’s just a taste of a cornucopia of readings from the book, by authors and actors.

Joan Taylor-Rowan Renewal clip

There are many more. shove London Lies video into the search at the top of the page to find them!

COME TO THE PARTY! 8th September, we will be reading from London Lies

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)

Buy the book: Shortest Day, Longest Night

Help us crowdfund for the rest of the tour and the next books

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