What our authors are up to Autumn 2013

Part of the principles on which Arachne Press is founded is to support our authors work for other publishers, or any other weird and wonderful activities they get up to.

in the spirit of which, a round-up of news.

Michelle Shine has just published her first novel, Mesmerised, which is about the Impressionists and homeopathy. I’ve just finished reading it and it is extraordinary – very convincing on period detail and the flavour of the world she is writing about, and occasionally startling.  Michelle has a ‘trailer’ for the book which you can view on YouTube.

Jason Jackson‘s most recent publication was a story called ‘Change, Rest’ in the July issue of synaesthesia magazine online.  he has an upcoming publication: a story called ‘Queuing, Photographs,. Morning Eyes’ in the December issue of smokelong quarterly and he’s part way through nanowrimo.

Rob Walton has been busy:
May 2013 shortlisted/commended in New Welsh Review’s Flash in the Pen microfiction competition.
June 2013 Short play The Bumps produced by Alphabetti Spaghetti and reviewed here: http://jowheretogo.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/review-alphabetti-spaghetti-3-shorts-at.html
September 2013 Highly Commended in the Sara Park Memorial Short Story Competition from Red Squirrel Press,   and two poems published in Let’s Play!, children’s sports and games anthology from Frances Lincoln, editor Debjani Chatterjee.

Lennart Lunh likewise: Short stories — “Nighthawks” (yes, after the Hopper work) was taken by Pages & Spine
“Paris Street; Rainy Day” (Len’s favorite of all paintings) will be in the Fall 2013 issue of Lewis University’s online journal, The Jet Fuel Review, releasing 21 November.
Poetry — Work saw light in The Chaffey Review and The Binnacle over the summer. Chatter House took three pieces for a November anthology, Ffjords one  as a video reading, and a small boatload of other poems have accepted by Writing Knights Press for several of their anthologies over the next six months.
Len is reading at Lewis’ fall open mic on November 15. Traveling to Cleveland November 23 for an evening reading with Writing Knights Press.

Tania Hershman has begun a PhD in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, exploring the intersection between fiction and particle physics.
She read at the Word Factory ghost stories night on Nov 8th in a cemetery! Also, She will be the judge of the 2014 Bridport Prize for flash fiction and a 2014 Gladstone LIbrary Writer-in-residence.

Laura Martz has started the creative writing MA at Goldsmiths.

Andrew Blackman is working on a third novel, and have also had a few short stories published (e.g. in Spark) and book reviews (e.g. in Review 31).

Keats Festival: Cupcakes, Scents, Lovers and Weird Lies – the videos

The Keats Festival is going strong, and we are very proud at Arachne Press to be a part of the proceedings.

Saturday morning Cherry Potts ran a workshop on NLP for writers, using all the senses but in particular smell – partly because people rarely think about smells, and yet they have a powerful impact on us, often unconsciously; and partly because Keats trained as an apothecary and doctor, at a time when science was beginning to really supercede traditional medicine. We had fun poking about the garden, eating cupcakes (an unexpected bonus courtesy of Keats Festival – although of course we analysed carefully texture, and flavour as we ate, in suitably pseudoscientific mode) and identifying mystery compounds and liquids by scent alone.

In the afternoon we read from Lovers’ Lies, our book for romantic cynics, which we launched at Keats House back at the beginning of the year, and did our first preview read of Weird Lies, our fantasy/ sci-fi/ peculiar anthology which will be out in September.

The stories were chosen for links to Keats (loosely!!!): medicine/health in Mirror by Cherry Potts, nature in What does H2O feel like to the Tadpoles? by Tom McKay and Something Missing by Bobbie Darbyshire, and the interface between art and science in The Painter and the Physicist by Tania Hershman.

A big thank-you to the authors and to the actors who read on behalf of Cherry and Tom: Will Everett who has now read Mirror several times and is finding new subtle ways to explore the emotional undertow each time, and Kim Scopes who stepped in at the last minute, and found a truly tadpole-like voice for the tadpoles, earthy, eager and slightly speedy: in my mind this will be  the voice of tadpoles for ever more.

There will be further previews of Weird Lies on Sunday 9th June 6-9, at Misty Moon Gallery SE13. More information soon!

© Arachne Press 2013

Keats Festival Arachne Press Author Reading

Saturday 25th May 3-4pm £5 keats house
Keats House, Keats Grove, Hampstead NW3 2RR

Contact Keats House on 020 7332 3868, or email them at keatshouse@cityoflondon.gov.uk  to book

As part of the Keats Festival we are reading from Lovers’ Lies, and Weird Lies (which is due out in September 2013)

Focusing (loosely!) on the elements of Keats’ life not directly involved in poetry: science, medicine, and nature, Arachne Press bring you stories of the Garden of Eden, conversations with tadpoles, a meeting of minds across disciplines, and love, repression and an old-fashioned approach to doctoring.

From Lovers’ Lies:
The Painter and the Physicist Tania Hershman (read by the author)
Mirror Cherry Potts (read by Will Everett)
Something Missing Bobbie Darbyshire (read by the author)

From Weird Lies
What Does H2O feel like to the Tadpoles? Tom McKay (read by Kim Scopes)