Solstice Shorts Goes West – the videos

We had a cracking night at Oldfield Park Bookshop in Bath, reading stories by (mainly) local authors featured in Solstice Shorts.

Huge thanks to Abigail Moore and Nick Rawlinson for reading so magnificently, and authors Pippa Gladhill and David Mathews (Bath) Tannith Perry (Bristol) and William Davidson (York!) for writing such lovely stories.  And thanks to Harry of Oldfield Park Bookshop for hosting, and to our audience for choosing to come to the reading when apparently there were dozens of other events on…

Here are videos and a few pictures.

LGBTHM Richmond Library

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)

 

 

Arachne goes West part 2 – The South: Bath

The second leg of our tour of the west, and we are going to be in Bath on Wednesday 22nd April. 7.30 – 9.00pm at
Oldfield Park Bookshop  43 Moorland Road, Bath, BA2 3PN this time, with Solstice Shorts

FREE

Excellent stories. Nice people. Free wine. Come and be entertained by actors Nick Rawlinson and Abigail Moore reading from SOLSTICE SHORTS: Sixteen Stories about Time, including competition-winning Bath writers, Pippa Gladhill and David Mathews, and Bristol writer Tannith Perry; plus WIlliam Davidson.

PLEASE PHONE Oldfield Park bookshop to let them know you are coming: 01225 427722

Death and Other Rituals Solstice Shorts Festival Video

The theme of Solstice Shorts writing competition was TIME, but we got a lot of entries about DEATH, and you can see why, it is logical – the end of time, to cease upon the midnight and all thatand the fact that the competition ended on Halloween may have influenced that too. Tannith Perry‘s Death and Other Rituals  was one of the liveliest ‘death’ stories, read impeccably by the talented Ms Katy Darby.

Now, then appropriate songs for this story – all that stuff about tradition and rituals leads in a very straight line to two songs from Rosemary Lippard, and two songs that ooze traditional attitudes to death.

The Unquiet Grave (which has the added bonus of the time-themed Twelve Month and a Day trope  and a tune by Maz O’Connor)

http://youtu.be/XjgZS1bn3N4

and Death & The Lady

http://youtu.be/Fkc1MOpXohI

You get all three of our signers today, so herewith the disclaimer: We should have let them rehearse with the performers. I thnk they all did a splendid job anyway (and yes, I do sign enough to know how accurate they are, but being professionals they wanted to be beautiful and elegant as well as accurate.)

And the Winners Are…

To celebrate National Short Story Week, the winners of the Solstice Shorts Festival Short Story Competition were announced last night at the Story Sessions

COMPWINNER email

(Trumpets, drum roll, searchlights… you know, that sort of thing)

Congratulations to:

Andrew Gepp
Cindy George
David Mathews
David Turnbull
Deschaney Tate
Emma Timpany
Helen Morris
Jayne Pickering
Pippa Gladhill
Sarah Evans
Tannith Perry
William Davidson

We are delighted to congratulate our twelve winners, who will receive various prizes including a surprisingly untacky trophy, and whose stories will be read at the festival, and published alongside a story from each of the judges in the forthcoming anthology, Solstice Shorts: 16 stories about time.

Five Judges Special Recommendations will be announced at the festival at SUNSET.

Thanks to everyone who took part (all 106 of you), we appreciate your interest in our festival which we hope is the first of many, so there will be other opportunities in the future.

Short-listed writers will receive brief feedback sometime next week.

SHORT LIST ANNOUNCED for Solstice Shorts Festival Short Story Competition

Congratulations to the Solstice Shorts Festival shortlisted authors!

Winners will be announced live at The Story Sessions during short story week on 19th November.

Alex Bruty
Solstice Shorts Logo copyAndrew Gepp
Angela Graham
Bartle Sawbridge
Cindy George
David Mathews
David Turnbull
Deschaney Tate
Eamonn Griffin
Emma Timpany
Frances Gapper
Helen Morris
Jayne Pickering
Jodie Ashdown
Lada Bakanova
Max Dunbar
Paul Cohen
Pauline Walker
Peter Adkins
Pippa Gladhill
Rebecca J Payne
Rhiannon Jones
Rory McCarthy
Rosalind Stopps
Sarah Evans
Scott Lewis
Sheila Scott
Tannith Perry
Tim Bancroft
Wendy Gill
William Davidson