The Amsterdam Launch of A Gift of Rivers

A couple of pictures from last week’s launch of A Gift of Rivers at Waterstones in Amsterdam.

Kate kept everyone engaged despite feeling a bit below par, and Tim says he sold lots of books (Kate noticed some people buying more than one copy, which is always nice.) Wish I could have been there!

There are a handful of copies left in store so anyone in Amsterdam who missed it Tim will be very pleased to sell you a copy.

Also available at all bookshops that stock poetry, and can be ordered by any that don’t, and of course direct from us.

There will be more readings soon, in the UK. watch this space!

In the meantime here’s the first review, from  London Grip

and the title poem

A GIFT OF RIVERS

Flying into Amsterdam
I see how a giant comb has pulled the hairs of the fields
into straight, wet lines, how the occasional hedge
runs on wiry feet away from the open,
how as the plane tilts
the edge of the water-land-water seems ghostly as the meniscus
an empty glass has left behind,
how the many transparent
voices of water thicken in canals
and the old windows in the city
are so like rolled water you wait for fish
to swim through their bubbles.

When I left the branches across our yard
were empty. Now small green fists
punch out space.

Thank you for your gift of rivers.

 

 

Liberty Tales on Tour Newcastle Videos

Some video from last month’s Liberty Tales reading at Newcastle Blackwells where we gathered some of our more northerly authors together.

Alison Lock
Brian Johnstone (also reading Elinor Brooks and Andrew McCallum)
Richard Smyth

Your next chance to catch Liberty Tales on tour is Tuesday 7pm 10/01/2017 Bath The Gallery, St James Wine Vaults (Combined reading with Shortest Day Longest Night)
Poems from Bernie Howley,  Elinor Brooks, Jeremy Dixon, Jill Sharp: passports, religious freedom, coming out, reading in the dark…
stories from Nick Rawlinson,  Pippa Gladhill, Katy Darby,  Cherry Potts, David Mathews: Fish weirs, old gods, and… we’ll see which stories everyone else decides to read…

Last Week’s Readings

Last week marked the start of a busy time for Arachne Press, with the Launch of Stations only days away, we did a pre-publication reading at Clapham books on Wednesday.

Peter Cooper in full flow as Inspector Bucket copyright Cherry Potts 2012

This was my first chance to hear these stories read aloud by their authors and it was an interesting experience. I got so engrossed in Rosalind Stopps’ How to Grow Old in Brockley how to grow old in brockley snippet

I forgot to take any pictures – sorry Rosalind!

Peter Cooper‘s Inspector Bucket (stolen from Dickens but taking on an afterlife of his own) foiled thieves on a train, with Peter very much getting into it and doing multiple voices.

Peter Cooper Inspector Bucket snippet

Wendy Gill‘s Moving Mike also got multiple voices care of the eponymous Mike turning up to lend a hand. Moving Mike snippet

Wendy Gill (and Mike) reading ‘Moving Mike’ copyright Cherry Potts 2012

Jacqueline Downs held us spellbound with her eerie tale of cinephiles in Crystal Palace She Didn’t Believe in Ghosts,

She Didn’t Believe in Ghosts snippet

and I read Anna Fodorova’s No Prob at Canada Water, pronouncing Kochanie about eight different ways, (it should be Ko’han’ye) she says she’ll do it herself next time!

No Prob at Canada Water snippet

Jacqueline Downs reading at Clapham copyright Cherry Potts 2012

Then Thursday it was up to Waterstones on Oxford Street for a showcasing of London Lies.

A number of our authors couldn’t be with us, so we had a mix of actors and authors.

Emily Pedder‘s Are We Nearly There Yet? (Set in Selfridges – just across the road – in the run up to Christmas) read for us once again by the multi-talented Danielle Fenemore. (Her loud-drunk-in-a-shop-just-before-Christmas was extremely convincing!).

Still in the reading-on-behalf-of vein we had Katy Darby reading an extract from the excellent East End cautionary tale Thieves We Were from Simon Hodgson (who is based in San Francisco so unable to join us) and me reading a section of the delightful and witty portmanteau love story Made for Each Other by Nichol Wilmor (who was stuck the wrong side of a flood in Somerset).

Reading their own work we had Joan Taylor-Rowan with Renewal, a touching story of death on the railways and realising there’s more to life than playing safe, David Bausor exploring the British love of sausages and Royals with O Happy Day, and Liam Hogan giving us a single sentence from the hilarious Rat, followed by an extended and dramatic segment of Palio, in which some bankers are played at their own game.

Thanks to everyone who came along to make both evenings a success (and bought books!), and to the staff at Clapham Books and Waterstones for making us so welcome (and in the case of Waterstones running to the pub for more wine glasses!).

Waterstones have a small stock of signed copies of London Lies at the front of the shop, so pick one up for a loved one for Christmas!

Stations is now in the shops, and you can come and get a signed copy from us at either of this week’s readings: Canvas & Cream (nearest Overground Forest Hill) on Wednesday at 7pm, or Deptford Lounge (nearest Overground New Cross) on Thursday at 7pm.

Or you can come to the Launch! Brunel Museum, Sunday 2nd December, 12:30-14:30

© Arachne Press 2012

Book Your Tickets for London Lies Waterstones Gig

You can now book your tickets for the Oxford Street Waterstones London Lies gig on 22nd November!

London Lies Cover. Image copyright Karen Keogh

London Lies at Waterstones Oxford Street

London Lies Authors will be reading, chatting and signing books at
Waterstones 421 Oxford Street London W1C 2PQ (Immediately opposite Selfridges, nearest tube Bond Street)
7pm Thursday 22 November 2012
(There are 2 Waterstones on Oxford Street, so make sure you turn up to the right one!)There is a £4 admission charge but this includes a glass of wine and is discounted against your book should you buy a copy of London Lies. 
Waterstones: 0207 495 8507
Line up:
Katy Darby reading from Simon Hodgson’s story Thieves We Were
Danielle Fenemore  reading from Emily Pedder’s  story Are We nearly There Yet? (Set in Selfridges)
Nichol Wilmor reading from his story Made for Each Other
and Joan Taylor-Rowan reading from her story Renewal