Get a Taste for Happy Endings

One of the joys of touring an Arachne book is getting an actor or two involved.

Our most regular contributor this season has been Carrie Cohen reading her own work (she writes as Carolyn Eden) and that of Sarah Evans and of course, Liam Hogan.

Here is a snapshot of Carrie & author Liam Hogan reading from Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed at the launch.

Carrie is joining Liam again for

Tuesday 25/04/2017 7pm Lewisham Library, Lewisham High Street, SE13 6LG (free)
Wednesday 26/04/2017 7.30 Burley Fisher bookshop, 400 Kingsland Road, Haggerston, E8 4AA (free)

To Be A Hero – video

The magnificent Carrie Cohen get’s her cackle on for To Be A Hero

Why would you want your child to be a hero… especially when there’s all that sacrifice involved?

Videoed at the launch of Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed by Liam Hogan, at the Old Church, Stoke Newington.

Carrie is joining Liam again for readings at Lewisham Library on 25th April

and Burley Fisher Books on 26th April.

Your next chance to catch Liam reading (in company with Louisa Gummer) is 20th April at North Kensington Library 6pm

 

 

Happy Ending: The Next Tour Date: Kensington

Liam Hogan is touring readings from his collection of eerie, darkly unsettling and frequently funny, fantasy stories, Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed

Join us at North Kensington Library, 108 Ladbroke Grove  W11 1PZ at 6pm on Thursday 20/4/2017

For this performance Liam is joined by actor Louisa Gummer

‘Deliciously Twisted’

In the realms of fantasy, it is foolish to upset the wee folk, downright dangerous to incur the curse of a witch, and above all, it is perilous to ignore a warning.

Happy Ending Not Guaranteed
Contains twenty-seven stories of dark fantasy, from chess-playing automatons to smooth-talking Celtic faeries; from the Longitude Act of 1714 to the End of the World (in fractal form). Bad Kings, bad demons, and bad days abound.

There is humour even in darkness. You just have to look harder for it.

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Bad Day… for some

another video from the launch of Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed. Liam Hogan reads

BAD DAY

 

You can BUY a COPY here

or catch more readings from Liam (and friends) on the tour

Wednesday 12/04/2017 7pm for 7.30pm Basildon Library The Basildon Centre, St. Martin’s Square, Basildon, SS14 1EE (free)
Thursday 20/4/17 6pm North Kensington Library, 108 Ladbroke Grove, W11 1PZ with Louisa Gummer reading one of the stories. (free)
Tuesday 25/04/2017 7pm Lewisham Library, Lewisham High Street, SE13 6LG with Carrie Cohen reading one of the stories (free)
Wednesday 26/04/2017 7.30 Burley Fisher bookshop, 400 Kingsland Road, Hoxton, E8 4AA with Carrie Cohen reading one of the stories (free)
Friday  28/04/2017 7.30  Albion Beatnik Walton Street, Oxford, OX2 6AA (£2 on the door)
Wednesday 03/05/17 Teashop Tales Queenswood Cafe, Queens Wood Lodge, 42 Muswell Hill Road, London, N10 3JP (£5 on the door)
Thursday  04/05/2017 8pm West Greenwich Library, Greenwich High Road, SE10 8NN with Lisa Rose reading one of the stories (free)
Wednesday  17/05/2017 7pm The Story Sessions, Brockley Deli, 14a Brockley Cross, SE4 1BE with Annalie Wilson reading one of the stories. (free)

Statues ruffle feathers – video

Another video from the Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed launch, Liam Hogan reads Feathers

You can BUY a COPY here

or catch more readings from Liam (and friends) on the tour

Wednesday 12/04/2017 7pm for 7.30pm Basildon Library The Basildon Centre, St. Martin’s Square, Basildon, SS14 1EE (free)
Thursday 20/4/17 6pm North Kensington Library, 108 Ladbroke Grove, W11 1PZ with Louisa Gummer reading one of the stories. (free)
Tuesday 25/04/2017 7pm Lewisham Library, Lewisham High Street, SE13 6LG with Carrie Cohen reading one of the stories (free)
Wednesday 26/04/2017 7.30 Burley Fisher bookshop, 400 Kingsland Road, Hoxton, E8 4AA with Carrie Cohen reading one of the stories (free)
Friday  28/04/2017 7.30  Albion Beatnik Walton Street, Oxford, OX2 6AA (£2 on the door)
Wednesday 03/05/17 Teashop Tales Queenswood Cafe, Queens Wood Lodge, 42 Muswell Hill Road, London, N10 3JP (£5 on the door)
Thursday  04/05/2017 8pm West Greenwich Library, Greenwich High Road, SE10 8NN with Lisa Rose reading one of the stories (free)
Wednesday  17/05/2017 7pm The Story Sessions, Brockley Deli, 14a Brockley Cross, SE4 1BE with Annalie Wilson reading one of the stories. (free)

 

coming up this wednesday The Story Sessions Retelling Tales

Join us at 7pm on wednesday 15th March at

The Brockley Deli 14a Brockley Cross SE4 1BE

for Retelling Tales – expect anything from myth and Cinderella to Frankenstein and Jane Eyre given a new coat of imagination.

Jennifer A McGowan reads a selection of myth inspired poetry from her new collection With Paper for Feet

here’s a sample (Jennifer reading Hecuba from Troy: Seven Voices at Lewisham Library)

 Liam Hogan I, Igor (Story)

Math Jones: Frejya (poem)

Zoe Brigley: Letter to Leda on Getting Married and My Last Rochester (poems)

LMA Bauman-Milner Glass & Blood (Story)

Neil Slevin A Gaelic Chieftan (poem)

Joy Howard: Melangell and the Hare, Olympus Inc, Living to Tell the Tale (Poems)

heres a sample (Joy reading Draco at Keats House)

Stories and poems chosen for Story Sessions: Retelling

Story Sessions logo copyWe had a substantial mailbag for our Retelling Tales theme, and had to turn down some really interesting work, either because it didn’t fit well enough or because it missed the mark in terms of what we were looking for, but we can confirm a poetry heavy list this time:

Headlining: Jennifer A McGowan reads a selection of myth inspired poetry from her new collection With Paper for Feet

Supporting: Liam Hogan I, Igor (Story)

Math Jones: Frejya (poem)

Zoe Brigley: Letter to Leda on Getting Married and My Last Rochester (poems)

LMA Bauman-Milner Glass & Blood (Story)

Neil Slevin A Gaelic Chieftan (poem)

Joy Howard: Melangell and the Hare, Olympus Inc, Living to Tell the Tale (Poems)

Annalie is going to be busy as quite a few of the writers can’t make it because of geographical considerations. We have work from writers in Ireland, America and the North of England, which means they won’t bring their friends along either… so we’d really like to encourage an audience! Quality writing, magnificently read! Join in with Flash from the Floor (if you want to!) – give us your own retelling in 100 words or less! poetry or prose.

Lovely food and drink available, and free entry. What more could you possibly want?

Note to writers, we would REALLY like to see stories for next time’s Fantasy tales, we already have some shortlisted poems, so get writing –  the deadline is 1st Wednesday of May.

 

Short Stories from Final Shortest Day Longest Night Tour Gig

Videos of the stories read at North Kensington Library for the final leg of the book tour for Shortest Day, Longest Night.

Katy DarbyIn the Blind

Pauline Walker Left of Earth Right of Venus

Cherry Potts The Midwinter Wife (extract)

Liam Hogan The End of Everything

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Stop Press: The pre-pub copies of Liam’s Collection Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed have arrived!

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Liberty Tales on Tour- North Kensington Library – Video

A rather lovely way to celebrate Human Rights Day, back in December, reading stories inspired by Magna Carta at North Kensington Library. Stories from Cassandra Passarelli, Carolyn Eden, Jim Cogan and Cherry Potts, poems from  Jeremy Dixon

You can catch us again, with our final Liberty Tales jaunt, at Greenstead Library, Colchester CO4 3QE next Wednesday, 25th January 6pm, with stories from Carolyn Eden, David Guy, Helen Morris, Sarah Evans, and poems from Jeremy Dixon, some of which will be read by Carrie Cohen and Cliff Chapman

We are back at North Kensington Library with Shortest Day, Longest Night on Saturday 4th February at 2pm, with Poems from Bob Beagrie, Lisa Kelly, and A J Akoto; and  Stories from Katy Darby, Liam Hogan and Pauline Walker.

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Solstice Shorts one week to go

2016-12-14-17-23-33Ok folks, time to roll up the sleeves and get down to some SERIOUS work. There are 7 days to go pretty much exactly before I arrive at West Greenwich Library to set out chairs, arrange cake and vats of mulled cider, make sure the video is working, pile the books in irresistible piles, put up the banners, deck the choir in hi-vis jackets and lanterns…

You have the easy bit – all you need to do, is Turn Up!

(and support our thunderclap – please – we need about 15 people a day to sign up for the next 4 days for it to happen  – tell your friends!)

THE most stressful thing about running an event is worrying no-one will actually come.

You don’t NEED to book but it helps us.

Made in Greenwich is a small venue absolute maximum capacity is 30, so if you want a seat it would be an idea to BOOK for the poetry event there at 6pm.

If you want to come to the writing event Write through the Night, (10-midnight) you really do need to book, it’s the only element of the evening that isn’t free, at a minimalist £10.

If you are coming to the main Short Story section of the evening at West Greenwich Library it is free and we have room for about 50, but if you book I can guarantee you a seat.

You are, of course, welcome to just turn up on the night, indeed we expect it, but if you want to be sure of a seat please book!