Safely into harbour

Our little crowdfund has safely reached harbour 2 days ahead of schedule! Thank you Thank you Thank you!

(Ship’s bell expertly rung by Katy Darby!)

Do we dare set out on an additional fishing trip, and line our coffers a bit more securely? Our other funding sources are not yet confirmed, but with this funding we can at least manage an absolute barebones version of the festival and programme the book printing. What a relief. I do feel like one of those merchants of old, with a tower on their house so they could watch the horizon for their ship coming home safe. So if anyone want to add to our funding the more the better really – it is always very tight for funding, and if we are short, its the bits I love best that have to get cut – the live streaming (what can I say, I’m a control freak – I need to know remote sites are doing their stuff!) and the BSL interpreting – a whole artform in itself, and something that we are keen to promote as a matter of course. So there are barely 2 days left – can we raise a bit more? Still lots of rewards left!

Thanks again to everyone who has supported us, especially those who increased their backing – you know who you are!

Sea Shanty Workshop

We are running a sea shanty workshop with London Sea Shanty Collective on Saturday 23rd November as part of our fundraising for Time and Tide. We already have just enough people signed up to break even, so every person who joins us from now on is grist to the funding mill.

SEA SHANTY WORKSHOP Spend the afternoon learning approx 5 Sea Shanties in 3 or 4 part harmony in SE London

Spend the afternoon learning approx 5 Sea Shanties in 3 or 4 part harmony in celebration of this year’s Solstice Shorts Festival, Time and Tide.

The workshop will be run by a small group of London Sea Shanty Collective members, led by Chip Wilson.

SATURDAY 23rd November 2019 12:45- 17:15

ST HILDA’S CHURCH HALL, COURTRAI ROAD SE23 1NL

Find out about London Sea Shanty Collective here

Bus routes 122, P4, 171, 172 stop on the corner. Train to Crofton Park or Honor Oak Park 10 minute walk.

Street parking immediately outside. Wheelchair accessible venue – WC is a bit tight on space so might not suit someone using a large chair.

INCLUDES REFRESHMENTS all dietary issues catered for.

Advanced booking required

 

You can buy tickets here, or buy them through our crowdfund before 31st October (no difference in price unless you want to donate more) but if you go through the crowdfund, it will help it hit its all-or-nothing target!

Heave away, haul away…we’re bound for (Greenwich, Maryport, Hastings, Holyhead, Peterport, Clydebank and Lisbon!)

Writers’ crowdfund reward for Time and Tide

Crowdfund countdown: 6 days to go…

We know that a lot of the people who read our blog, follow our tweets, sign up to our newsletter or turn up to our events are writers – they may be published by us, or by someone else or they may not be published yet, but they are writers.

This one’s for you.

Get a critique of your fiction: up to 2000 words critiqued by Cherry Potts: author, editor, creative writing tutor and founder of Solstice Shorts Festival. (by email only) for £30 – if you want a longer piece critiqued, pay more! but £30 per 2000 words. Cherry doesn’t pull her punches, you’ll get an honest opinion. Some would say that’s worth rubis and gold dubloons and pearls and… wait a minute, who let that pirate in here?

(Picture above is from our advice-for-writers handmade-book, Allow Your Pen to Lead the Way, we’ve sold out of this on the crowd fund but you get the idea.)

If you would like to support our crowdfund and get your work critiqued, have a riffle through the crowdfunding site!

Time and Tide anthology crowdfund reward

Crowdfund countdown: 7 days to go!

The official launch of the Time and Tide Anthology is 21st March, but we are producing a special LIMITED edition for the festival, for the authors and for the crowdfund! At the moment it looks like there will be 250 copies, but it depends how many people choose it as their reward for supporting the crowdfund.

For those of you who like their reading electronic, an ebook will also be available, but this will be the standard edition of the book.

20 short stories and 46 poems with bonuses not included in the official version, this special edition wil not be available through bookshops.

If you would like to support our crowdfund and get a special editon, or an ebook, have a riffle through the crowdfunding site!

‘Haul away’ a crowdfund reward for Time and Tide, me hearties

Crowdfund countdown: 8 days to go…

We are running a sea shanty workshop with London Sea Shanty Collective on Saturday 23rd November as part of our fundraising for Time and Tide. We already have just enough people signed up to break even, so every person who joins us from now on is grist to the funding mill.

You can buy tickets here, or buy them through the crowdfund (no difference in price unless you want to donate more) but if you go through the crowdfund, it will help it hit its all-or-nothing target!

Heave away, haul away…we’re bound for (Greenwich, Maryport, Hastings, Holyhead, Peterport, Clydebank and Lisbon!)

crowd fund rewards for Time and Tide – books

Crowdfund countdown: 9 days to go…

AND SOME NEWS: Kickstarter have given us one of their ‘projects we love’ badges. Isn’t that lovely!

Now then, back to business. Books. Of Course. But not just any books – these are Solstice books – obsessed with time, the turning of the earth, and the changing of the seasons. Stories and poems for the dark time of year.

Support our crowdfund for this year’s Solstice Shorts Festival, Time and Tide  by buying one of the previous anthologies:

2014 – Solstice Shorts: Sixteen stories about TIME

2015/16 – Shortest Day, Longest Night

2017 Dusk

2018 Noon

If you would like to support our crowdfund and get one of these lovely books, have a riffle through the crowdfunding site!

 

Neat Feet for Time and Tide – Crowd Fund reward!

Crowdfund countdown: 11 days to go…

She Wears Sea Shells on the Sea Shore…

If you would like to support our crowdfund and get these amazing sandals, have a riffle through the crowdfunding site!

Size UK 5 1/2. Decorated by shell enthusiast, author, and Time and Tide organiser (Hastings) Joan Taylor-Rowan, these shoes match the dazzling mermaid crown we posted about earlier – so if, like Cinderella your foot fits, you could get both! (I particularly like the seaglass on the right foot.) FRAGILE – for fancy dress parties and dressing up boxes only! These sandals have been worn, by Joan, at just such a party, so are priced extremely competitively.

Limited Edition photos – crowd fund reward for Time and Tide

Crowdfund countdown: 12 days to go…

I can’t stress how important it is that we get this crowdfund to fruition. Without 10% minimum match funding our Arts Council application will fail, and we wil be royally up the creek without paddle, sail or swan to pull us along.

We’ve tried to be imaginative and to tickle your fancy with our crowdfund rewards. Our organisers, in particular, have been very generous with their time and skills. Here’s another one!

These are from Clydebank organiser, Julie Laing.

Limited edition photographs from the site that inspired Julie to get involved in Time and Tide.

If you would like to support our crowdfund and get one of these amazing photos, have a riffle through the crowdfunding site!

Unique handstitched Crowd fund reward for Time and Tide

Crowdfund countdown: 13 days to go…

backed and lined in deep plum velvet-style material (it’s not quite velvet, heavier, looser, but I don’t know what it is called!),

a book cover/ ipad cover type of thing, luxurious, very silly and handmade by chief Arachne editor and Solstice Shorts founder, Cherry Potts. Would make a great solstice present.

If you would like to support our crowdfund and get this amazing hand made item, have a riffle through the crowdfunding site!

Crowd funding rewards for Textile lovers for Time and Tide

Pledge for this unique textile art, made by author, and Time and Tide organiser (Hastings), Joan Taylor-Rowan and support Time and Tide

UK only as postage costs would be prohibitive elsewhere. If you are outside the UK and really really keen get in touch and we’ll work something out!

textile image

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It’s gorgeous! And so on theme…

Head over to the crowdfund to find out more!