National Poetry Day: special Announcements – planned books

Hello poetry lovers.

To celebrate National Poetry Day we have a special offer, some events and an announcement or three.

For today only our anthology of long narrative poems  The Other Side of Sleep is on offer at £5 (reduced from £9.99) if bought direct from us online

If you are at Free Verse Poetry Book Fair on Saturday at Conway Hall come and say hello – we have a stall, and are reading at 4.30 in the Garden Cafe on Red Lion Square (Lisa Kelly, Math Jones, Sarah James and Jeremy Dixon)

or the BBC’s Strong Language Festival in Hull (drop by the pop up poetry bookshop today through to Sunday)

You can get a copy of TOSOS for £5 if bought with another Arachne Press Poetry Book at either event.

Looking forward, we have been inviting people whose work we have published in anthologies like TOSOS, to send us their collections.

Quite a few people have, and at the moment we have agreement, in principle, to publish the following


Kate Foley A Gift of Rivers (definite, April)


Cathy Bryant The Colour of Not Knowing


Math Jones

The Knotsman

Jeremy Dixon In Retail

We are still toying with the idea of what I think of as a ‘short fat anthology’ – maximum of 5 poets, multiple poems from each – this is aimed at emerging poet who haven’t got enough work for a collection yet – so exciting new voices on the cusp of greatness!


Arachne Poets at London Book Fair

The London Book Fair is a cacophonous place, it’s hard to hear anything even when addressed through a microphone. None the less, we had a go. Here is pictorial evidence, of Bernie Math & Jeremy reading, in the Poetry Pavilion miniature Globe theatre, their wildly diverse takes on narrative poetry from The Other Side of Sleep. The video sound is unfortunately atrocious and I wouldn’t want to inflict it on you.

LBF continues to make noise today, and when it’s over anyone with the energy can totter round the corner to Brompton Library for Cherry Potts’ reading & workshop Rebellion: Writing Fantasy.

Bernie Howley

Bernie Howley

Jeremy Dixon

Jeremy Dixon

Jeremy photographing the audience for his 'every' audience' project

Jeremy photographing the audience for his ‘every’ audience’ project

Math Jones

Math Jones

London Book Fair Poetry Pavilion update

9781909208186Our slot at the Poetry Pavilion at London Book Fair has expanded.

We are now reading on Wednesday 13th at 15.35, and Bernie and Jeremy are joined by Math Jones.

Math Jones - Geoff Robinson, photographer

At about 16:10 we will be talking about poetry in performance.

If you are a poet or poet-in-waiting and attending the LBF you might be interested in the Inpress LBF Poetry Prize. email or hand deliver to the pavilion, a poem on the subject of Internationalism.

more information here: :

Arachne Press Poets at London Book Fair

Coming to the London Book Fair?

On Wednesday 13th April at 3.30 pm Arachne Poets Jeremy Dixon and Bernie Howley (featured in The Other Side of Sleep) are reading at the Inpress Poetry Pavilion.

Jeremy Dixonbernadette howley 9781909208186






Here’s a map of Olympia... The Poetry Pavilion is in the top left corner, near the West Hall entrance. There are lots of other poetry performances going on, but 3.30 pm on Wednesday is our spot. Although we may get another one…

Nearby… On Thursday 14th April, at 6.30pm, Cherry Potts is reading from The Dowry Blade and doing a mini writing workshop on fantasy at Brompton Library – a single tube stop  away at West Brompton.

Arachne Press at Swindon Poetry Festival

We have a little cluster of poets in the South West, and we like to give everyone an opportunity to get out and read their work, so this year we asked the lovely people at Swindon Poetry Festival if we could come and read with them, and they said, of course! We’ve managed to persuade a couple of poets from further afield to join us, and we are going to have a lovely time, and hope you will come along and enjoy it too.

Jeremy DixonKate FoleyElinor Brooks

Cherry Potts copyright Tom Dingley 2014

bernadette howley

Jill Sharp

SUNDAY 4/10/15 3pm to 4:30pm
Central Library Regent Circus, Swindon SN1 1QG

Cherry Potts presents: The Other Side of Sleep
Following a short discussion between the poets, the editor, and the audience on what makes a narrative poem, some of the contributors to The Other Side of Sleep will read their work. Each tells a story – sometimes in a straightforward purposeful way, sometimes in a roundabout way, but somewhere there is a thread of narrative woven through. Narrative, but by no means traditional poems, by contemporary voices Kate Foley, Bernie Howley, Elinor Brooks, Jeremy Dixon and Jill Sharp. Kate will also be reading part of the title (narrative) poem from her VERY SOON to be published collection, The Don’t Touch Garden.

Tickets £5 plus booking fee from we are near the bottom of the page!

Brockley Max Story Sessions part 1 videos

Story Sessions logo copyBrockley Max logoHere are some videos of our Festival themed

The Story Sessions contribution to Brockley Max on Saturday.

Alix Adams reading  two poems on behalf of Elinor Brooks

Jennifer A McGowan reading two of her poems

Cherry Potts reading from a ‘written for the occasion’ short story Midsomer Morris

Joan Taylor-Rowan reading from her novel, The Birdskin Shoes


David Bausor reading from O Happy Day

David & Joan both have stories in London Lies and Stations.

Elinor & Jennifer both have poems in The Other Side of Sleep

Cherry has stories in London Lies, Lovers’ Lies and Stations, and is the author of Mosaic of Air, and is editor at Arachne Press.

More live Literature at Brockley Max: Wednesday Poetry night at Ladywell Gallery, Thursday Night 8pm another Story Session with stories and poems about food at The Brockley Deli

We got a mention in Martyn Crucefix’s blog!

We don’t usually get ‘reviewed’ for our performances, but Martyn Crucefix has given us a shout on his blog about the Cheltenham Poetry Festival, for our readings for The Other Side of Sleep, featuring Math Jones, Bernie Howley, Angela France and Jeremy Dixon Lovely to get feedback from a fellow poet.

recordings from Grange-over-Sands readings from The Other Side of Sleep

We had a grand and lively audience and a beautiful day for our trip to Grange-over-Sands. Here are some recordings of poems read by poets at the event

Judi Sutherland

Adrienne Silcock

Geraldine Green

If you would like to hear more from The Other Side of Sleep, head to the Oxfam Bookshop in Cheltenham this Saturday,25th April at 2:30 for a completely different collection of poets.

Arachne Goes West part 3 – Cheltenham Poetry Festival

Everything is finalised and we know where we are and who is taking part: Join The Other Side of Sleep poets  Angela France, Bernie HowleyJeremy Dixon,  and Math Jones for readings and a brisk chat about narrative poetry.

UNFORTUNATELY NOROVIRUS HAS STRUCK. Kate Foley, AND Jennifer A McGowan, who will not be able to join us, so editor Cherry Potts will read on their behalf.Saturday 25th April, 2.30-3.30pm £4/£6 Oxfam Bookshop 31 Cambray Place GL50 1JP You can book in person at the Town Hall or on-line on the Cheltenham poetry festival website or call 0844 576 2210. find out more about the rest of the festival Here

Keats House – The Other Side of Sleep – recordings

Here are snippets of just a couple of minutes long from some of the Other Side of Sleep poems read at Keats House last month. All beautifully rendered by the poets, Sarah Lawson, Revenant; Cherry Potts; Thirty-second Mariner; Math Jones, Grithspell; Bernie Howley, I Have no Feet; Jennifer A McGowan, Troy: Seven Voices and Alwyn Marriage: Naming: AD 2006