Sounds of Arachne – support our crowd fund

We don’t just do print! We now have Audio books – well, one.

Pledge £5 or more in our crowd fund to raise cash for DUSK and receive The Don’t Touch Garden Audio book – poems written and read by Kate Foley

Our first audio book, hot off the mixing desk, not available in shops until January. Available as a downloadable MP3.

Or if music is more your thing, Pledge £12 or more to receive a Ticket to Ride CD  from Vocal Chords Choir, our regular collaborators on Solstice Shorts, singing songs with a travel theme. There is only ONE of these available

Live lit events coming up

Being busy people we can’t always arrange our own events as regularly as we might like, so we are very happy when we get asked to take part in other people’s.

Next Friday 22nd September 7pm Liam Hogan is reading from Happy ending Not Guaranteed at the launch of London Writers’ Eclective at Waterstones 11 Islington Green, N1 2XH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday 27th September 18.15 we are at Archway with Words at Archway Library, Hamlyn House Highgate Hill N19 5PH where Liam is reading again, alongside Katy Darby, Cherry Potts, Carolyn Eden, and Wendy Gill

On Saturday 30th September we are at Free Verse Poetry Book Fair at Conway Hall where we will have a stall all day, and are reading in the Red Lion Square garden cafe at 4.30, with Jeremy Dixon, Lisa Kelly and Sarah James.Experience a flush of openness in San Francisco, a long day on a till, an even longer night in a hotel, and time shifting about the three occupants of a house.

In October we are off to the Shoreham Word Fest with a Liberty Tales/ Songs of Protest evening at the Yacht Club on Thursday 12th at 19.30 (£10) with Elinor Brooks, Greg Page and Carrie Cohen reading poetry and Cherry & Liam reading prose, and Ian Kennedy & Sarah Lloyd and some of Vocal Chords singing. We will be teaching two very simple protest songs!

Followed on the Saturday Morning at 11am with a Children’s event in the Library, (Free) with The Old Woman From Friuli by Ghillian Potts being read by Tash Fairbanks, and a kind of demonstration of woodcut printing from Cherry Potts, because we couldn’t get hold of Ed Boxall, the illustrator of the book, to join us. No sharp objects will be let near children!

#Arachne5 thank-you’s: Musicians

With the 5th Anniversary celebrations heading into view I was thinking about the thank you speech, and like the Oscars it is in danger of going on, and on. And on. So I thought I’d blog it instead, a section at a time.

What does a publisher need with musicians? Well, our regular events Solstice Shorts Festival (always), and The Story Sessions (usually), some of our launches and some of our writing workshops have included music – always acoustic, often folk, sometimes original, mostly but not exclusively songs, because we love the narrative power of a song.

Our most frequent collaborators are Ian Kennedy and Sarah Lloyd who have performed in just about every capacity we offer them.

 

Next most regular must be Annalie Wilson, who also reads for us and was our artist in residence for the last four Story Sessions..

Annalie Wilson

 

After that it’s our choir friends, in various guises, (there’s a lot of cross-over in choirs!) most frequently as Summer All Year Long, but also Vocal Chords and Raise the Roof

Will Evererett singing with Summer all Year Long

Summer All Year Long

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Vocal Chords at WGL

more vocal chords (by Katy Darby)

Vocal Chords (by Katy Darby)

Vocal Chords Wassailing

For Solstice Shorts we really push the boat out, with (sometimes) music written for the occasion AND multiple musicians: Shadrack Tye, Pepper & Shepherd, Rosemary Lippard, Melanie Harrold, Juliet Desailly, Peter Thomas & Piotr Jordan (playing original music by Zac Gvirtzman), plus everyone already mentioned!

And finally… Lester Simpson, who runs singing workshops for us once or twice a year and teaches us amazing songs that find their way into our events, and the repetoire of choirs all over London; and has become a friend along the way.

Will there be music at the Anniversary celebrations on the 8th September? Of course there will! Book your free ticket now!

Songs of Protest and Liberty Tales

A taster of what we got up to at St Hilda’s for Brockley Max – (there would be more but I forgot to turn the recorder back on after the interval for a while)

A barnstorming performance by both our readers, and an exciting mix of traditional and modern protest songs from Vocal Chords.

Silas Hawkins reads Liberty by Andrew McCallum, followed by We Raise the Watch Word Liberty, and Bread and Roses sung by Vocal Chords.

Silas reads The Branded Hand by Brian Johnstone after Vocal Chords singing Dougie Maclean’s Ready for the Storm and finishing with Erile

Carrie Cohen reads Wigtown Bay 1685 by Elinor Brooks with Senzenina before it, and Give Me Wings to finish.

Silas again, reading Tabernacle Lane by Jeremy Dixon followed by Labi Sifre’s Something Inside So Strong

Arachne Press does Brockley Max

Brockley Max is coming – and we are getting involved.

2nd June 7pm at the Talbot Pub in Brockley SE4 1QG, Arachne authors Bartle Sawbridge, Rosalind Stopps  and Cherry Potts join other writers from WooA (Writers of Our Age), Neil Lawrence, Anna Somerset and Hilary Dunn for Urban Myths. (the link says 7-7.30 that means 7 for 7.30, we aim to be there at least 2 hours.

You can join in with 100 words of your own urban myth, and get stuck in with the epic writing relay, which is definitely best experienced slightly sozzled.

On Sunday 4th June at 3.30, we join Vocal Chords Choir (who have supported Solstice Shorts Festival a couple of times) at their Songs of Protest gig at St Hilda’s Church SE23 1NL when actors Silas Hawkins and Carrie Cohen will read some of the poems from Liberty Tales to complement the songs.

Vocal Chords Sing Songs of Protest 4th May

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Our final drop-in session is at Art In The Park Story-telling tent on Hilly Fields, on Saturday 10th June at 2.30, when Arachne stalwart Katy Darby will be reading our forthcoming younger children’s book, The Old Woman From Friuli by Ghillian Potts which is in the shops 6th June – you can buy direct from us NOW post free.

Crowd funding rewards for music lovers

We are crowd funding ( https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1477491501/beyond-solstice-shorts) to support our book tours and Outcome exhibition tour

Pledge £12 or more for either

Father Tongues CD

New CD Father Tongues from Zachary Gvirtzman, our main musical collaborator on the Solstice Shorts Festival, includes Two Blind Elephants, the piece most used by writers to inspire them for stories and poems read at the festival.

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or

Ticket to Ride CD

CD of travel inspired songs from Vocal Chords Choir, our regular collaborators on Solstice Shorts

 

Solstice Shorts Video: Green Grow’th the Holly

Vocal Chords sing Green Grow’th the Holly an ancient song of the turning of the seasons, at Solstice Shorts festival 2016 at West Greenwich Library on 21st December 2016, BSL interpreted by Martin Fox-Roberts.

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Solstice Shorts Video: George Dunn’s Wassail

Vocal Chords sing a traditional New Year wassail, (which they had already sung about eight times around Greenwich town centre!) known as George Dunn’s Wassail.

BSL interpreted by Martin Fox-Roberts

Learnt from Lester Simpson at last year’s Solstice Shorts folk workshop.

Lester Simpson Winter Folk Song Workshop for Solstice Shorts

You can now book for Lester Simpson’s Folk Song Workshop on 26th November – our Solstice ‘Advent’ event! 12.45-5.15 pm, £25lester1sml.
Come and learn around 5 acapella songs in 3 or 4 part harmony, from Lester Simpson an international recording artist, and member of the renowned Coope Boyes & Simpson, who also runs community choirs. Informal but intense, lots of tea and biscuits. Access to sound files after the event. St Hilda’s Church Hall, Courtrai Road, Crofton Park SE23 1NL

Advance booking essential!

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Book for Lester Simpson Folk Song workshop

Longest night – the complete videos

It’s twelfth night, and the official end of the festive season, so as you pack up your Christmas baubles, here’s something to cheer you up: your opportunity to experience the entire evening of Longest Night, in the same order as the audience, but without me waffling on in between, and without the mulled cider, unless you happen to have some to hand of course.

Wassail Vocal Chords


A Little Favour by Wendy Gill Read by Annalie Wilson


Past Three a Clock Vocal Chords


At The Hotel De La Lune by Sarah James Read by all the actors


Naughty Baby Ian Kennedy & Sarah Lloyd


Midwinter Wife by Cherry Potts Read by Annalie Wilson


Ba Ba Lamie Noo Ian Kennedy & Sarah Lloyd


Life Between Lives by Sarah Evans Read by Patsy Prince


Solstice Carol Ian Kennedy & Sarah Lloyd 

https://youtu.be/P9iL6VDTazk
How We Know the Cold is Coming, or October by Abigail Beckel Read by Annalie Wilson


The Cold Time Ian Kennedy & Sarah Lloyd


Mouse by David Mathews Read by Lorraine Spenceley


Dunstan Lullaby Vocal Chords


Spooning by Abigail Beckel Read by Annalie Wilson


Soulmate Annalie


Dancing To Silence by Neil Brosnan Read by Lorraine Spenceley


The Snow it Melts the Soonest Ian Kennedy & Sarah Lloyd


The Lover.s Ghost Ian Kennedy & Sarah Lloyd


Vigil by Abigail Beckel Read by Lorraine Spenceley


Crossing the Bar Vocal Chords


Dunking For a New Sun by Bob Beagrie Read by Saul Reichlin


Drive the Cold Winter Away Vocal Chords


What He Doesn’t Know by Frances Gapper Read by Patsy Prince


Waves Annalie


Doubting Thomas by David McVey Read by Saul Reichlin


We Will Be Heard Annalie


Left of Earth, Right of Venus by Pauline Walker Read by Patsy Prince


The Astronaut Annalie