REVIEW of Solstice Shorts Anthology

Those nice people over at Sabotage have reviewed Solstice Shorts: Sixteen Stories about Time

read the review here

They have particularly pleasing things to say about Helen Morris, Robert Shearman, William Davidson, David Mathews, and David Turnbull.

SOLSHORTS HALF SUN TOP

If you enjoy the review and want to try the book for yourself you can buy it direct from our Shop, or if you are in the Bath area, come to our reading at Oldfield Park Bookshop, 43 Moorland Road, Bath, BA2 3PN on 22nd April, at 7.30 where you can listen to stories, buy the book and get it signed by at least three local authors, and have a glass of wine at the same time. more info 01225 427722

 

Robert Shearman ‘Simultaneous’ Solstice Shorts Video

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Something to cheer your Monday morning, a delightful story of options and possibilities for the best possible way to fall out of love…

Robert Shearman reads Simultaneous at the Solstice Shorts Festival. at the Royal Observatory Greenwich

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.

Robert Shearman talks about short stories, judging and Time

Robert Shearman, one of our judges for Solstice Shorts Festival Short Story Competition talks to Cherry Potts on the phone (not from outer space, despite the dreadful echo at the beginning!) about what he looks for in a short story, the joys of judging and the excitement of the competition theme of Time.

If you are thinking of entering a story, you have only 3 days left, the competition closes at 23:59 on 31st October 2014. Please read the rules carefully, we’ve had to disqualify a few entries for including their name, or being too long or too short!!

The Story Sessions Beastly Tales Videos

So we started with the smallest animal and worked up, Rat with messages, Dogs creating mayhem, a Tiger in an eclipse, an Elephant imprisoned, and the death of an Icon.

Big thanks to our author-readers who all did a storming job, and to our audience for laughing and lovely feedback. Here are some snippets of video for those of you who missed it.

Liam Hogan: Rat

 

Esther Saxey: Come Back Early or Never Come

 

Anand Modha: Tyger

 

David McGrath: The Elephant in the Tower

 

Rob Shearman: A Joke in 4 Panels

 

The Story Sessions TONIGHT Beastly Tales with Robert Shearman

Special Guest Robert Shearman (who wrote one of the top 50 Doctor Who episodes of all time), reads A Joke In Four Panels.
Liam Hogan reads Rat
Esther Saxey reads Come Back Early or Never Come
Anand Modha reads Tyger
David McGrath, reads The Elephant in the Tower

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 from 19:00 (for 19:30) to 21:30
Cafe of Good Hope
216 Hither Green Lane
SE13 6RT

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Get your ticket on EventBrite or on the door. £3

Tiger yawning

Tales from the mouths of creatures, great and small – dogs, elephants, tigers, rats and more.

Who is really man’s best friend?

Opportunities to chat with the authors, buy books, and other delicacies we might bring along, And of course to join in with Flash from the Floor – come prepared or write in the interval – 100 words fiction or poetry on the subject of animals.

Food and drink available to buy, so no need to rush your dinner.

Hope to see you there.

Solstice Shorts Festival – Who will be judging the competition?

With just under 7 days left of the crowd funding to go, it’s time to introduce you to our competition judges

Short-listing (to about 40 stories) will be done by Arachne Press owner, (award-winning) editor and writer, Cherry Potts, together with reviewer and book blogger Lizzy Baldwin.

The Final choice of 12 stories will be made by a stellar line-up, each of whom will also contribute a story for the festival and the anthology.

(You can help us get the festival to the starting line by donating to our crowd funding campaign. we have lots of interesting and quirk rewards on offer. The crowd fund closes on September 4th)

Imogen RobertsonImogen Robertson grew up in Darlington, studied Russian and German at Cambridge and now lives in London. She directed for film, TV and radio before becoming a full-time author and won the Telegraph’s ‘First thousand words of a novel’ competition in 2007 with the opening of Instruments of Darkness, her first novel. Her other novels also featuring the Georgian detective duo of Harriet Westerman and Gabriel Crowther are Anatomy of Murder, Island of Bones, Circle of Shadows and Theft of Life. In 2013 she published The Paris Winter, a story of betrayal and darkness set during the Belle Époque. She has been short-listed for the CWA Historical Dagger three times and once for the Dagger in the Library Award.

Robert Shearman has written four short story collections (Tiny Deaths, Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical, Everyone’s Just So So Special, Remember Why You Fear Me), and between them they have won the World Fantasy Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, the Edge Hill Readers Prize and three British Fantasy Awards.His background is in the theatre, resident dramatist at the Northcott Theatre in Exeter, and regular writer for Alan Ayckbourn at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough; his plays have won the Sunday Times Playwriting Award, the Sophie Winter Memorial Trust Award, the World Drama Trust Award, and the Guinness Award in association with the Royal National Theatre. He regularly writes plays and short stories for BBC Radio,  and he has won two Sony Awards for his interactive radio series, The Chain Gang. But he’s probably best known for reintroducing the Daleks to the BAFTA winning first season of the revived Doctor Who, in an episode that was a finalist for the Hugo Award. His latest collection of stories, They Do The Same Things Different There, is to released September 16th 2014.

Alison Moore is a novelist and short story writer. Her first novel, The Lighthouse, won the McKitterick Prize 2013 and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012 and the National Book Awards 2012 (New Writer of the Year). Her second novel, He Wants, will be published on 15 August. Her debut collection, The Pre-War House and Other Stories, includes a prize-winning novella and stories published in Best British Short Stories anthologies and broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra

 

Anita Sethi profile pictureAnita Sethi is an award-winning writer, journalist and broadcaster who has written dispatches from around the world for the Guardian, Observer, Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, Independent, Independent on Sunday, New Statesman, Granta, Times Literary Supplement, Harpers Bazaar and BBC, among others. She has appeared as a guest panellist and commentator on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC World Service, and ABC Australia.
Her short stories, reportage and poetry has been published in From There to Here, Roads Ahead, and The Book Club Bible and she is currently completing a novel. She is recipient of a Penguin/decibel prize, Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship,  Arts Council writing award, and Dialogue Festival blogging award.
She has appeared at many international Literature Festivals, and has been both an International Writer-in-Residence and Ambassador at the Emerging Writers’ Festival in Melbourne, Australia.

Imogen, Anita and Rob will host on the day and read their own stories, Alison was double booked, so her story will be read by an actor, and Cherry will do a hosting stint, as well as running a writing workshop and generally making sure everything goes smoothly and everyone has a great time.

The Story Sessions – Beastly Tales

Tiger yawning

Tales from the mouths of creatures, great and small – dogs, stoats, tigers, rats and more.

Who is really man’s best friend?

Live stories read by the authors:

Special Guest Robert Shearman (who wrote one of the top 50 Doctor Who episodes of all time), reads A Joke In Four Panels.
Liam Hogan reads Rat
Esther Saxey reads Come Back Early or Never Come
Anand Modha reads Tyger
Cath Blackfeather has had to pull out, but instead we have
David McGrath, with The Elephant in the Tower

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 from 19:00 (for 19:30) to 21:30
Cafe of Good Hope
216 Hither Green Lane
SE13 6RT

View Map

Get your ticket on EventBrite or on the door. £3

Opportunities to chat with the authors, buy books, and other delicacies we might bring along, And of course to join in with Flash from the floor – come prepared or write in the interval – 100 words fiction or poetry on the subject of animals.

Food and drink available to buy, so no need to rush your dinner.

Hope to see you there.