Audio Book plans

We have taken a leap into the world of Audio Books, with nine books due for publication this year to be simultaneously released as Audio books.

Arachne Press Director, Cherry Potts, says “Thanks to a grant from Arts Council England, we are able to take a broad spread of books into the audio market – short stories, poetry, a dystopian novel and a YA novel, plus three anthologies.

“We are pleased to be partnering with Listening Books for the mastering and remote production, while our actors work from a variety of home studios, from the professional to the airing cupboard! Lockdown has meant we needed to make the most of every route to the reader, and audio books fit well with our commitment to accessibility, and working with Listening Books means we are also supporting a charity with similar aims. An added bonus with this venture is that we can support actors prevented from working on stage.”

Claire Bell, Deputy Membership and PR Manager, at Listening Books says

“I’m delighted we are working with Arachne to produce these titles. Having launched our new website this year, we know how important accessibility is and are very happy to be working with Arachne to provide their titles in the audio format. Having provided an audiobook service to children and adults since 1959, this partnership will not only support the charity through Listening Books Productions,  but will make a whole new range of titles available for the print impaired.

Cherry Potts added “We are auditioning actors now, and are thrilled to announce that our YA novel, Zed and the Cormorants by Clare Owen, will be narrated by Sophie Aldred (Dr Who, Dennis the Menace).”

https://www.listening-books.org.uk/

And now for some GOOD News

We could all do with some cheer in the bleak days of January, especially this year, so courtesy of Arts Council England, we are here to do just that.

We are the proud and happy recipients of a £45,000 grant from Arts Council England

This will pay for our next ten books, and (drum roll) audio books! Which means we can smack Covid on the nose by providing another way to enjoy our books without leaving home, and provide some work to actors who aren’t allowed into a theatre just now. I’m anticipating it will also be huge fun. Putting the plans together now with our audiobook partner Listening Books

Thanks to everyone who gave us their thoughts on whether this was the right way to go. It’s one of the fastest growing sectors in literature, but it’s tough to get right, and harder still to market, so the funding will also pay for …

A part-time marketing person, and a (separate) part-time admin person for a few months, so that I can concentrate on finding and supporting new writers and guest editors. We will be advertising these posts very soon. They will be remote working, so if you think that could be you, start polishing your CV, but don’t send anything until you see the advertisment please!

The Books

The books that are being supported by the ACE grant are:

This Poem Here – Poetry collection by Rob Walton (Just the audio book, as we’ve already done the rest)

Zed and the Cormorants -YA Novel by Clare Owen, illustrated by Sally Atkins. We are talking to Sophie Aldred about reading the audio book)

100neHundred -100 x 100 word stories by Laura Besley

Incorcisms -short, strange tales by David Hartley

Accidental Flowers -Novel in short stories by Lily Peters

Strange Waters -Short Story Collection by Jackie Taylor

Jackie

A Voice Coming from Then – Poetry collection (illustrated with collages) by Jeremy Dixon

An Anthology of poems and short fiction from UK based Deaf writers (no title yet) edited by Lisa Kelly and A N Other

Lisa

An Anthology of poems and short stories from UK based Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Writers (no title yet) edited by Laila Sumpton and Sandra A. Agard

Solstice Shorts 2021 Anthology (provisional theme: time is running out but we’ll come up with a better title!)

ARACHNEVERSARY – Alex Smith – Devilskein and Dearlove

Editor Cherry Potts talks about Devilskein and Dearlove a young adult novel by Alex Smith, which was nominated for the Carnegie Medal on 2015. Includes Q&A with the author, animated trailer by Nick Page and a couple of readings by actors Greg Page and Peter Noble.

You can buy Devilskein and Dearlove from our Webshop. Use the discount code ARACHNEVERSARY at the checkout throughout August.

Devilskein & Dearlove Trailer Goes Live

Here it is as last… the animated trailer for Devilskein & Dearlove. Please feel free to share on Facebook or anywhere else that takes your fancy, the more people who see it the better.

A fantastic crew: animation by Nick Page,inspired by Ed Boxall‘s cover design and a mass of photographs from Alex and Cherry.  Voices from Sophie Aldred, Greg Page and Cliff Chapman, music from Summer All Year Long, sound recording by Cherry Potts and Greg Page, and of course most importantly, the amazing BOOK, by Alex Smith.

I think between us we’ve captured the feel of the book, which would make any reader from the age of nine to nine hundred happy to read, although it’s mainly aimed at 12-16 year-olds. A perfect  gift for birthday, christmas, or celebration of any kind! OUT 24th July 2014. You can preorder a copy here

Meeting the Deadlines

Hey ho. Memo to self: setting date to go to printers to combine with end of year accounts not very clever.

However the files for Weird Lies and Mosaic of Air are now at the printers, (thanks to Sophie for the last-minute cover quotation – see below, and to Melina and Kevin for even more last-minute tweaks).

The glitch in the Author accounting spreadsheet is sorted, so I can now concentrate on the actual number crunching for the accounts in their full format, and creating PDFs to send to all the authors, with some good news for those involved in Stations.

The Weird Lies cover quotation:

Despite many years of travel through time, space, parallel universes and alternative dimensions on screen, audio and the printed page, I have never considered myself a fan of science fiction and fantasy writing. Until now! This collection of weird, funny, sad, moving stories is a mini galaxy of treats and a thoroughly Ace read.

Sophie Aldred, Doctor Who Companion, Ace

Misty Moon Weird Lies Photos

Some photos of the readers at Sunday’s Preview event for Weird Lies at Misty Moon Gallery.

Thanks to John Gaffen of White Windmill Photography for sharing his photos with us.

Alistair Lock  copyright John Gaffen

Alistair Lock
copyright John Gaffen

Sophie Aldred Misty Moon 2 Copyright John gaffen

Sophie Aldred Copyright John Gaffen

Ray Newe Misty Moon 3 copyright John gaffen

Ray Newe copyright John Gaffen

Cliff Chapman Mistymoon2 copyright John Gaffen

Cliff Chapman copyright John Gaffen

Cherry Potts Copyright John Gaffen

Misty Moon Preview of Weird Lies – the video

We had a spectacular evening at Misty Moon last night. Thanks to Stuart for hosting,and to all our lovely readers for making the stories shine (and for bringing a Doctor Who element to the proceedings!)and the authors for writing such brilliant material in the first place … and the audience for showing up and buying books and laughing so much.

Stuart has asked us to make it a regular date – quarterly to start off with so the next one will be Sunday 29th September, just after we publish Weird Lies and Mosaic of Air.

If, having watched the videos, you want to help Arachne Press publish Weird Lies you can contribute to the funds by preordering or by contributing to our kickstarter campaign.

Sophie Aldred reads Content Management by Derek Ivan Webster (from Weird Lies)

Alistair Lock reads Zwo by Alan Graham (from Weird Lies)

Ray Newe reads ChronoCrisis 3000 by Andrew Lloyd-Jones (from Weird Lies)

Cliff Chapman reads A Time and Place Unknown by Jason Jackson (from Lovers’ Lies)

There’s no video of Cherry Potts reading The Bone Box, from Mosaic of Air because a button didn’t get pressed on the video (that’s the sort of thing that would happen in ChronoCrisis 3000).

© Arachne Press 2013

9th June Misty Moon Update

We have finalised our reading list and readers for the Misty Moon event.

Not necessarily in this order, but:

weird handsFrom Weird Lies

Sophie Aldred will read

Content Management by Derek Ivan Webster

Alistair Lock will read Zwo by Alan Graham

and Ray Newe will read ChronoCrisis 3000 by Andrew Lloyd-Jones

From Lovers’ Lies lovers lies fish

Cliff Chapman will read

A Time and Place Unknown by Jason Jackson

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From Mosaic of Air

Cherry Potts will read The Bone Box … by herself!

Sophie Aldred to read at Misty Moon Weird Lies Preview

In Ladywell, in Lewisham there is an old tavern… and behind that tavern is a coach house… and in that coach house is a gallery… with a bit of a fondness for horror movies, ghostly tales and the other things of weird ilk… so no surprise they are friends of Arachne Press, then.

Arachne Press will be reading one of the more bizarre stories from Lovers’ Lies and a couple of previews from Mosaic of Air and the very strange Weird Lies at Misty Moon Gallery, Ladywell Tavern SE13 7HS, on Sunday 9th June 6-9pm

We will be reading:

Content Management by Derek Ivan Webster (read by Sophie Aldred)

A Time and Place Unknown by Jason Jackson (read by Cliff Chapman)

ChronoCrisis 3000 by Andrew Lloyd-Jones (read by Ray Newe)

Zwo by Alan Graham (read byAlistair Lock)

The Bone Box  by Cherry Potts from her forthcoming collection Mosaic of Air (read by Cherry)

weird lies postcard vp copyposter adapted from Kevin Threlfall’s design for the Weird Lies cover.