#Arachne5 at Archway With Words video

It has been a busy time, another set of videos I’ve only just had time to edit and post:

We took part in the Archway With Words Festival back in September, reading from a variety of books at Archway Library. (5 books, 5 authors, for our 5th anniversary…)

Carolyn Eden, Free White Towel, Liberty Tales

Cherry Potts, Mirror, Lovers’ Lies

Wendy Gill, A Little Favour, Shortest Day, Longest Night

Katy Darby, The Horror, the Horror, Stations

Liam Hogan, Crossroads, Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed.

Shoreham WordFest: Liberty & Protest videos

We had a lot of fun at Sussex Yacht Club in Shoreham for Shoreham WordFest on Thursday, lovely crowd, great acoustic and though we say it ourselves, some marvellous poems, stories and songs.

Poems by Bernie Howley, Elinor BrooksBrian Johnstone, Jeremy Dixon, Kate Foley and Andrew McCallum; read Carrie Cohen, Elinor Brooks and Greg Page

Stories by Carolyn Eden, Cherry Potts and Liam Hogan read by themselves.

Songs by Sydney Carter, Ali Burns, Albert Nyathi, George Loveless/ Joe Stead and  James Oppenheim; arranged by Melanie Harrold messed around with and sung by a small subset of Vocal Chords Choir, (Cherry Potts, Alix Adams, Bea Jackson, Caroline Dunton, Denise Mueller-Brown and Maria Kirby)

The Privilege of Departure, or Dover Bound, But Delayed by Bernie Howley, read by Carrie Cohen.

 

 

 

Singing We Raise the Watchword Liberty in full with the audience

The second half – stories, and a certain amount of difficulty with the camera cutting out.

Carolyn Eden:

Cherry Potts:

Liam Hogan:

Here’s some feedback from the audience on what they liked (you can hear them joining in on some of the songs)

Well constructed programme, the segues from music into poetry and back again, the variety of interpretations given to the theme of liberty. Bread and Roses, Free White Towel and the promise of a free badge!

Here is an interesting evening, full of fun, wisdom and wit. Hear some moving poems/ stories from those from the past and present combined with our essential liberties.

I love being read to. A very mixed programme which really stimulated my mind and imagination.

relaxed

variety – the spice of life

I enjoyed the flow of the first half

Loved the storytelling

Singing – chance to join in

Celebrating freedom – and keeping socialist history alive – good songs poems and stories too!

Witty and original writing. Very lively material, good singing.

call out for stories and poems for Peace anthology

Call out for stories and poems for an anthology celebrating the centenary of the end of WWI. Publication planned for Nov 2018.

Provisional Title An Outbreak of Peace.

Two free copies of the anthology, and royalties @ 8% divided between all the contributors. e-book royalties @25% of net divided between all contributors.

Open to everyone – unpublished and in English please.
Stories: around 2000 words but anything between 1000 and 2500 accepted.
Poems up to 1000 words.

How you respond to this theme is up to you, and it doesn’t need to be specific to WWI, but we find nothing to celebrate in war, and want a good balance for the book between appropriate commemoration of the dead, relief that it’s over and hope for the future.

Submit via Submittable only, please

Closing date 31st March 2018

submit

#Arachne5 Free Books available to Libraries

Free Books available to Libraries (our first 5 titles available free to bona fide libraries – you just pay for delivery get in touch)

London Lies ISBN: 978-1-909208-00-1 In collaboration with Liars’ League, featuring unlikely tales set in London.

Stations: Short Stories Inspired by the Overground Line  ISBN: 978-1-909208-01-8 A story for every station from New Cross, Crystal Palace, and West Croydon at the Southern extremes of the East London line all the way to Highbury & Islington.

Lovers’ Lies ISBN: 978-1-909208-02-5 A second collaboration with Liars’ League, bringing the freshness, wit, imagination and passion of their authors to stories of love.

Weird Lies  ISBN: 978-1-909208-10-0 WINNER of the Saboteur2014 Best Anthology Award. A third Liars’ League collaboration – more than twenty stories varying in style from tales not out of place in One Thousand and One Nights to the completely bemusing.

Mosaic of Air Cherry Potts ISBN: 978-1-909208-03-2 FANTASY/SCI-FI/ CONTEMPORARY
Sixteen short stories from a lesbian perspective.

We’ve always received a great deal of support from libraries, (Lewisham, Kensington & Chelsea and Greenwich in particular) helping us with venues for readings and more high profile events, like the Solstice Shorts Festival which has been hosted by Better Libraries in Greenwich for three years now, and our Anniversary party being held at Manor House Library in Lewisham (managed by V22), and want to return the compliment. Our only stipulations are that the library pays for the delivery, and that books go into stock, and aren’t sold to raise funds. That way we both benefit, as our authors will receive Public Lending Rights fees.

Our first take-up for this offer has come from Merton Libraries and the books are packed and ready to go!

get in touch

 

 

#Arachne5 Stations

As part of the run up to our celebration of our fifth anniversary we are highlighting our first five books, all available for £5 each from our shop

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

Number Two: Stations short stories inspired by the Overground Line

Stations Cover. Image copyright Gail Brodholt

Stations really was inspired by the Overground. At a meeting of the writing group I belong to, WooA, held in the tiny Broca cafe opposite Brockley Station, a conversation about how brilliant the Overground was, despite MANY personal sleepless nights while the work was carried out, turned into a – let’s write about the Overground, let’s take a station each, which turned into wouldn’t this make a great book, and where can we get the rest of the stories? An open call and many, many stories later, Stations was born.

From tigers in a South London suburb to retired Victorian police inspectors investigating train based thefts, from collectors of poets at Shadwell to life-changing decisions in Canonbury, by way of an art installation that defies the boundaries of a gallery,
Stations takes a sideways look through the windows of the Overground train, at life as it is, or might be, lived beside the rails: quirky, humorous and sometimes horrifying.

Twenty-four new short stories in homage to the East and South London section of the Overground Line: a story for every station from New Cross, Crystal Palace and West Croydon at the Southern extremes of the line, all the way to Highbury & Islington.

Ideal for the commuting reader, Stations makes an excellent souvenir of a visit to London and a perfect gift for lovers of London everywhere.

Londoneer Review  ‘Stations’ is certainly an eclectic group of stories, but I enjoyed every one – well-written and engaging stuff. I imagine that it would be ideal for dipping in and out of while you’re passing the time between Kensal Rise and Clapham Junction…

Londonist review There’s a surprising amount of emotional depth … much of it bittersweet and yearning, particularly the further down the line we go. Sadness shot through with flashes of beauty: perhaps that’s a perfect metaphor for south east London … We’ll never look at Penge West the same way again.

Sabotage Review

…Caroline Hardman’s ‘Bloody Marys and a bowl of Pho’ (Hoxton) is a modern-day, urban take on the vampire narratives so current at the moment. It is well-written and funny. ‘Platform Zero’ (Haggerston) by Michael Trimmer also offers a quirky version of another, familiar theme – that of the parallel universe. ‘The Beetle’ by Ellie Stewart (Wapping) is also well-paced and moving in its portrayal of a broken relationship. Peter Morgan’s ‘Mr Forest Hill Station’ (Forest Hill) also stands out due to its tender depiction of the bond between strangers, meeting occasionally in the big city.

We had such fun planning this one, complete with a photo shoot on the Overground featuring several of the authors and family members

 

 

 

Peter Morgan & Caroline Hardman talk about their stories for Stations

We launched Stations at the Brunel Museum, right beside the tunnel under the Thames used by the Overground, which features in Cherry Potts’ Rotherhithe story, A Place of Departures

Ellie Stewart’s beetle goes for a walk in Wapping. The Beetle (audio)

Our first musical collaboration with Summer all Year Long, a train version of Sweet Thames…

We had technical difficulties at the launch so there isn’t much video for there

Mass Signing at London Transport Museum.

We had an aim  to read at a venue within a mile of at least a third of the stations, we actually (eventually) managed almost all of them, and some much further afield – here are a few snap shots.

Deptford lounge: Adrian, Katy

Norwood: Rosalind, Michael, Cherry, Jackie and Andrew

Shoreditch: Wendy, Katy, Bartle, Caroline Rob

Ilkley fringe: Louise and Peter C
There are many more. shove Stations video into the search at the top of the page to find them!

COME TO THE PARTY! 8th September. We will be reading from Stations

Happy Ending in Oxford

I don’t know how it happened but I didn’t post the videos from our Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed tour date at Albion Beatnik  in Oxford! Liam Hogan did a great job without any actorly support.

I will just remedy that…

 

There we go. A reminder of what a lot of fun we had choosing locality appropriate stories.

You can by a copy of Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed direct and post free here, of if you are in Oxford I expect Dennis still has a couple in stock, or if you are going to Liars’ League tonight, Liam will be there with a handful of books a pen for signing, and a hopeful expression.

The Story Sessions Fantastical Tales Video part 3

Final section of the videos from The Story Sessions on Wednesday, and the Liam Hogan Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed set which had a decidedly immortal theme to it:

Time the Devourer, read by Annalie Wilson

Internet Dating for Immortals, read by Liam

and

the final take on Bad Day, with a little music from Annalie to top and tail it.

These are the final posts, from the final Story Session of the season.

We’ve made the decision to retire the Story Sessions as a regular thing – and it will only stick its nose out into the light (and inevitable rain – have we EVER done a session when it didn’t rain?) as part of festivals and if asked for – it is regretably too much work for far too little return even when part-funded by those nice people at the Arts Council (Thank you ACE, really). There are other things to get busy with. So Festival organisers – if you ask us, we will put together more sessions, but if you don’t, this is your lot!

 

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Thanks to The Brockley Deli for hosting this season.

 

Happy Tour Ending…

The final full reading from Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed was at West Greenwich Library on 4th May.  Here are the videos of Liam Hogan reading in company with Lisa Rose.

 

Your final chance to catch Liam reading is at The Story Sessions on 17th May in Brockley.

 

The Story Sessions: Fantastical Tales announced

The final Story Sessions of the season approaches – 17th May at The Brockley Deli 14a Brockley Cross, SE4 1BE

We have stories from Liam Hogan headlining, with two different takes on the incredibly long-lived: Internet Dating for Immortals, and Time the Devourer which will be read by resident actor and musician, Annalie Wilson.

Supporting Liam we have Math Jones reading part (possibly all? Still to discuss) of his exquisite Knotsman sequence.

and Donald Hiscock, who is coming up from Portsmouth to read In Those Days They Used Lined Paper 

Sally Connors (More Bread) and Becky Pinder (Cretan Labyrinth Series 3) will also be read Annalie.

We will, as usual, have music from Annalie, and of course, we have our Flash from the Floor – you join in with your own fantastical tale, in 100 words or less! No dragon stories yet, so something on those lines would be popular (with me!).

 

Happy Ending at Burley Fisher Books – the videos

Burley Fisher Books in Haggerston is my kind of books shop – small, interested in small presses and with a performance space. And it’s on the Overground!

So delighted to be able to bring Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed to this lovely shop.

Readings in their basement – well lit, excellent acoustic, from Author Liam Hogan taking on health tips for Lycanthropes, out-of-hand artistic installations and the cliff hanger to end all cliff hangers, and Actor Carrie Cohen as the unflappable one woman emergency service, Mavis Ethelwright.

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