Sorry, about the awfulness, however it is an excellent offer, made to celebrate the launch of DUSK, the latest Solstice Shorts Festival anthology, Published on 21st June, the summer solstice. We are also celebrating with events tomorrow and thursday.
Carrie Cohen reads part of David Mathews‘ Wednesday Afternoons from Solstice Shorts, Sixteen Stories about Time at our #Arachne5 fifth anniversary party. She is keen to read the whole thing somewhere, soon.
LGBT history month is almost over, The Outcome exhibition(s) in Lewisham are coming to an end, and we are nearing the half-way mark in terms of time for our Crowd fund to raise printing costs for our Outcome project, with 18 days left and 69% of the target funding raised.
With nice symmetry we have had 18 backers so far, all wonderful generous people! (Thank you, Laura, Sian, Bea, Nick, Isaac, Alicia, Richard, Jonathan, Mike, Tim, both Marks, all the Peters, and all the Pauls.)
So to help you join this select band of special people, I thought I’d mention what brilliant rewards we have for backers.
We need to raise a further £756 to hit our target – if we don’t get all the money, we get none of it.
so that’s 756 people pledging £1 for a thank you message from us
or 51 people pledging £15 for a signed copy of Cherry Potts’ collection of short lesbian stories Mosaic of Air
or 31 people pledging £25 for a signed copy of Cherry Potts’ lesbian epic fantasy, The Dowry Blade.
or 27 people pledging £28 for a copy of the Outcome book.160 pages, 80 beautiful images of wonderful LGBT people, some you may have heard of, some will be new to you.
or 26 people pledging £30 for a SIGNED A4 print of our lovely Peter Tatchell portrait
or 22 people pledging £35 for A SIGNED copy of the Outcome book. 160 pages, 80 beautiful images of wonderful LGBT people, some you may have heard of, some will be new to you. We will get as many of the portrait subjects as we can to sign their picture (probably at the launch!) plus of course, the photographer, Tom Dingley, and then send it to you with our love and appreciation.
or 8 people pledging £100 for:
Invitation to the Launch Party. We will be holding a launch party in London as close to the 11th October (Coming Out Day) as we can get, which will double as the private view for the launch exhibition. Join us so that we can thank you personally. (travel to the launch at your own expense!) ) ONLY 3 of these left!!
or A copy of Outcomeplus Your Name in a list of thank-yous in the book when published.
or 6 people pledging £150 for a 1 hour photo shoot with Tom Dingley at a suitable venue in London. includes editing of resulting pictures and delivery of 6 photographs as digital files.
We have a great fondness for LGBT history month at Arachne Press, and we are also exceptionally fond of libraries. As a result the combination definitely works!
Our last outing for February was to Richmond lending library, one of the oldest public libraries in London (lovely building, glass roof, unfortunately on the flight path for Heathrow…)
Here are some readings from that evening, mainly from Cherry Potts, but with assistance from Alix Adams on the first one. The sound isn’t wonderful (those planes…) but it’s better than what we managed on the video camera.
In order of appearance:
Arachne’s Daughters from Mosaic of Air (Cherry Potts)
Death & Other Rituals from Solstice Shorts: Sixteen Stories about Time (Tannith Perry)
A Place of Departures from Stations (Cherry Potts)
The Other Side of Sleep from the anthology of the same name (Kate Foley)
Tasting Flight from Lovers’ Lies (Catherine Sharpe)
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
Helping an elderly woman with the crossword – Andrew Gepp‘s touching meditation on age and memory, read at Solstice Shorts Festival by Tony Bell who got so into the story the camera couldn’t keep up with him, hence the recording.
We had a lot of stories about old age and memory for the competition, this one stood out.
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.