Outcome Crowd fund rewards

LGBT history month is almost over, The Outcome exhibition(s) in Lewisham are coming to an end, and we are nearing the half-way mark in terms of time for our Crowd fund to raise printing costs for our Outcome project, with 18 days left and  69% of the target funding raised.

With nice symmetry we have had 18 backers so far, all wonderful generous people! (Thank you, Laura, Sian, Bea, Nick, Isaac, Alicia,  Richard, Jonathan, Mike, Tim, both Marks, all the Peters, and all the Pauls.)

So to help you join this select band of special people, I thought I’d mention what brilliant rewards we have for backers.

We need to raise a further £756 to hit our target – if we don’t get all the money, we get none of it.

so that’s 756 people pledging £1 for a thank you message from us 

Solstice shortsFRONT cover draft copyor 76 people pledging £10 for a copy of one of Arachne Press’ short story anthologies Weird LiesLondon LiesLovers’ Lies or Solstice Shorts

lies special offer

 

 

 

CPotts_MosaicofAir frontor 51 people pledging £15 for a signed copy of Cherry Potts’  collection of short lesbian stories Mosaic of Air

 

 

 

The Dowry Blade FRONT Cover final

or 31 people pledging £25 for a signed copy of Cherry Potts’ lesbian epic fantasy, The Dowry Blade.

 

 

 

9781909208261 or 27 people pledging £28 for a copy of the Outcome book.160 pages, 80 beautiful images of wonderful LGBT people, some you may have heard of, some will be new to you.

 

 

 

Peter Tatchellor 26 people pledging £30 for a SIGNED A4 print of our lovely Peter Tatchell portrait

 

 

 

9781909208261 or 22 people pledging £35 for  A SIGNED copy of the Outcome book. 160 pages, 80 beautiful images of wonderful LGBT people, some you may have heard of, some will be new to you. We will get as many of the portrait subjects as we can to sign their picture (probably at the launch!) plus of course, the photographer, Tom Dingley, and then send it to you with our love and appreciation.

 

or 8 people pledging £100 for:

Invitation to the Launch Party. We will be holding a launch party in London as close to the 11th October (Coming Out Day) as we can get, which will double as the private view for the launch exhibition. Join us so that we can thank you personally. (travel to the launch at your own expense!) ) ONLY 3 of these left!!
or
A copy of Outcome plus Your Name in a list of thank-yous in the book when published.

tom dingleyor 6 people pledging £150 for a 1 hour photo shoot with Tom Dingley at a suitable venue in London. includes editing of resulting pictures and delivery of 6 photographs as digital files.

So how many people do YOU know? pass on the message, help us fund this gorgeous and exciting project!

 

 

 

Review of Weird Lies from Little Crocodile

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Nice review from Little Crocodile of Weird Lies….

Solstice Shorts crowd fund – seven days to go – new rewards added

Only seven days to go in the crowd funding for Solstice Shorts, and to entice you to part with your cash, a couple of new rewards.

For £5 (or more) each: 20 A4 posters of the cover art by Annie Rickard Straus for Lovers’ Lies

Lovers' Lies poster

and for £10 (or more…) 1 only of an A3 poster based on the cover art by Kevin Thelfall, used for a reading of Weird Lies at Misty Moon gallery (this image is not identical as it is just the background – we didn’t keep the file for the poster because it was just too big). Imagine some words, and a stray fish…

Weird Lies Poster Backgorund

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Solstice Shorts Crowd Funding Rewards – the books

You can find information about our books dotted about all over the place on the website, But in terms of our bid to get enough money together to hold the Solstice Shorts Festival, here’s a small plug for the books on offer as rewards.

A Pack of Lies for £40

and a signed copy of Mosaic of Air for £16

lies booksOne copy each of London Lies, Lovers’ Lies, and award-winning Weird Lies

a complete collection of our Liars’ League anthologies full of wit, wackiness and wonder.

From the mean streets of Hackney to sleepy South London suburbs, from boho Bloomsbury to City wine bars, London Lies is a tour of the capital as you’ve never seen it before. What happens when a girl on her way to work is propositioned by a frog? When a man breaks into London Zoo to fight a hippo? When nuclear bombs fall on a future London, when the rats rise up to rule us or – most terrifying of all – when Scrabble goes bad?

Londonist review ‘…nearly had us snivelling on a commuter train.’ ‘…each has a distinctive voice and a point to make. Perfect for reading in bite-sized chunks on the way around town.’

Sabotage Review ‘…this is one of the most enjoyable story collections I’ve had the pleasure of reading in several years.’ ‘…the consistently high quality of London Lies makes it difficult to review. Every time I have sat down to start writing, I’ve wanted to highlight different stories.’

Moving from 1930s Camden to a Royal Wedding “riot”, via football fights, office steeplechases and awkward dates in art galleries, London Lies is a bizarre, funny, moving and sometimes unnerving glimpse into the secret life of the city we all love and know … or do we?

Lovers’ Lies is designed expressly for romantic cynics and cynical romantics. Be careful who catches you reading it – your intentions might be misinterpreted.
Liars’ League teams up with Arachne Press for a second outing bringing the freshness, wit, imagination and passion of their authors to a wider audience.
Join us as we wallow in the many facets of relationships. Explore role-play gone wrong, goldfish that eat loneliness, and a very literal leap into the unknown.

Old love, cold love, true love, new love, dead love, we’re through love – making babies and making whoopee, disappointment and contentment, playing at home, playing away or just playing; missed chances and new romances: everything from first conversation to last breath, strange journeys and stranger destinations.

These stories are quirky, solidly formed and pretty much always with a satisfying ending. There are tales of the unexpected, magical realist fantasies, and clever, clever writing that stays with you long after the last full stop.

Goodreads

There’s something about Liars’ League that brings out the wildness in the writers’ imaginations. In Weird Lies we explore myth, fantasy, science fiction, and the indefinable what the – that makes up Weird. In true Liars’ League fashion there is as much humour as there is darkness and poignancy.

More than twenty tales, varying in style from stories not out of place in One Thousand and One Nights, to the completely bemusing.
Discover mirrors that predict the immediate future and museums where your personal future life is exhibited in the kind of ephemeral objects that might normally find their way into a dustbin.
Meet tadpoles, lazy assassins, and assiduous poisoners; observe deals with the devil, and workplace stress taken to its logical conclusion.
Heroes, villains, and animals – anything and anyone could provide the twist in the tale – cursed travellers, persistent dreamers, aliens, robots and even ice might be the object, or source, of love. Winner of the Saboteur2014 Best Anthology Award.

When you know your story is going to be read out loud by an actual actor to a real, live audience, I’m sure you make certain to trim off anything superfluous that doesn’t directly contribute to the vigor of your story and while reading Weird Lies I got the sense that the writers whose stories made into this collection gave of their best.

Andrew Salomon

CPotts_MosaicofAir frontOriginally published twenty years ago, the sixteen short stories in Mosaic of Air reflect and explore Lesbian life in the 1980s through myth, history, fantasy and science fiction. Delving into lecturing spiders, Helen of Troy, seaside libraries, computers that fall in love, murder and memory; but most of all humour, and a delight in all that women can be.

Cherry Potts writes with economy, punch, panache.

Ellen Galford

Definitely about women in space, not the usual glossy tomboys of standard sf.

Gwyneth Jones

Delightful … both a hilarious spoof of one-man-and-his computer myths such as 2001, a Space Odyssey; and a reflection on the limits of love and power.

Zoë Fairbairns

Good Reads giveaway of Weird Lies

Did we mention? We won the Saboteur2014 Best Anthology award! to celebrate we are giving away 10 copies on GoodReads. Off you go… win, read, review… of course if you already have a copy feel free to review its socks off everywhere you can think of, especially if you voted for us! Some people already have. You have a couple of weeks to be in with a chance.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Weird Lies by Various

Weird Lies

by Various

Giveaway ends July 21, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Videos from Other Worlds – Weird Lies

More videos from our celebratory Brockley Max evening at Misty Moon, readings this time from our Saboteur2014 Award Winning anthology, Weird Lies.

Sarah Feathers reads from David Malone‘s The Love Below

Lisa Rose reads from Christopher SamuelsTouchdown

and Tony Bell reads from Lee Reynoldson‘s Haiku Short, Parakeet Prawns, Konnichiwa Peter

John Gaffen’s photos from Other Worlds

Just a quick link to John’s pictures on Facebook for last night’s triumphant celebration of our award, (Have I mentioned the award?) as part of BrockleyMax, at Misty Moon Gallery.

Thanks to the wonderful Carrie Cohen, Sarah Feathers, Sean Patterson, Lisa Rose, Tony Bell and Silas Hawkins, who did our Weird and Lovers’ stories proud. Thanks to Stuart & Jen for hosting. Video of the event up soon.The sharp-eyed will spot some pictures that aren’t people – that’s the trailer for Devilskein & Dearlove which we previewed last night, it went down very well!

What the Saboteur2014 Award voters said

Anthology prize logoOne of the great things about the Saboteur2014 Awards is that they are voted for by the public, another great thing is that the voters get to say WHY they are voting, and another, really great thing is that the organisers share the voters comments with you. I’ve left the time stamps to prove I’m not making them up, but you know, this is NO time to be modest!

A cracking anthology! 5/25/2014 9:50 PM

Cherry Potts is a brilliant writer! 5/25/2014 5:56 PM

Small press, but who doesn’t love a weird short tale or two? 5/25/2014 5:34 PM

powerful and quirky. always. 5/25/2014 4:30 PM

v enjoyable book 5/25/2014 9:12 AM

quality of writing, variety of stories, fun! 5/25/2014 8:38 AM

Variation of theme, yet a high standard throughout and often surprising in its content. 5/25/2014 8:15 AM

Eclectic mix. Very supportive of emerging writers 5/25/2014 7:00 AM

Because Kart Darby rocks! 5/24/2014 3:49 PM (I’m guessing they mean Katy)

Excellent collection Nuff said? 5/24/2014 3:33 PM

Great selection – well-written and varied.. 5/24/2014 2:17 PM

Great mix. 5/24/2014 2:07 PM

Because they are Bloody Brilliant 5/23/2014 8:35 PM

one of the most original writers herself Cherry Potts provides opportunities for unusual and thought provoking writing 5/20/2014 12:25 PM

Time to reward these two 5/16/2014 12:23 PM

coz its awesome 5/14/2014 6:05 PM

Amazing collection of quirk. 5/14/2014 1:59 PM

It’s a brilliant mix of the macabre, the futuristic and the funny 5/9/2014 11:32 AM

It’s brilliant! So often anthologies have only a few good stories, but I loved them all. 5/6/2014 3:25 PM

Great! 5/6/2014 12:29 AM

It’s a good title. 5/5/2014 9:25 PM

Great writing! Future journalists? 5/5/2014 4:38 AM

It was amazing!!! 5/4/2014 11:49 PM

Hands down the best 5/4/2014 9:02 PM

Interesting stories 5/4/2014 7:29 PM

Was great 5/4/2014 6:49 PM

The best of the best when it comes to creativeness, story telling and well written! Very well done. 5/4/2014 3:58 PM

Great talent 5/4/2014 3:52 PM

Great read 5/4/2014 3:18 PM

best variety 5/4/2014 2:57 PM

Creative entertaining stories 5/4/2014 9:09 AM

Because of the panache of their invitation to out weird the weirdest and the aplomb with which they make the unbelievable believable. 5/3/2014 2:37 PM

It’s really good! 5/2/2014 9:03 PM

Because Liar’s League should’ve been in *both* the ‘best Spoken Word’ categories! 5/2/2014 1:49 PM

Fascinating collection of stories. 5/1/2014 9:36 PM

ace anthologies 5/1/2014 5:30 PM

The world needs more weird! More well-written slipstream, more surrealism, more speculative fiction. 5/1/2014 2:19 PM

This an amazing collection with an appeal to those who don’t generally read scifi/fantasy as well as aficionados of the genre 5/1/2014 1:20 PM

I’m in it, to be honest. 5/1/2014 1:10 PM

Really original and a fab read. Arachne Press makes very impressive choices. 5/1/2014 11:47 AM

A great selection of strange tales which give new meaning to slipstream fiction. 5/1/2014 11:29 AM

Great variety and weirdness 5/1/2014 11:22 AM

Compilation of weirdness from previously performed Liars League stories. 5/1/2014 10:54 AM

Fabulous book from a great indie press! 5/1/2014 10:47 AM

Storytelling with intelligence, invention and wit. 5/1/2014 10:35 AM

Thank you to all 377 of you who voted for us, whoever you are, and especially those of you who bothered to add a comment: you are marvellous, well read and lovely people.

Weird Lies WINS Saboteur2014 Award for BEST ANTHOLOGY

I’m going to be spending the morning editing all references to the lovely Weird Lies on the website  to AWARD WINNING Weird Lies, because, ladies, gentleman and aliens… WE WON!!

arachne liars awards SabotageOur award, and the one won by our dear friends Liars’ League snuggle up for a proud photo.Saboteur Awards 2014 flyerA Big thank you to Sabotage Reviews for their brilliant organisation and for their reviews, and for putting on the awards in the first place.

So what does it all mean, apart from the warm glow and the little star thingy and the aforementioned editing of the website?

It means that a lot of people like what we do – the award is by public vote (THANK YOU everyone who nominated and voted for us, you are lovely, lovely people).

It might mean it’s easier to get books into bookshops, and sold – you might think that creativity is its own reward, but we all need to eat.

It might mean we get more gigs for our readings – speaking of – TONIGHT you can hear lovely Liars’ League actors Tony Bell, Silas Hawkins, Carrie Cohen, Sean Patterson, Lisa Rose and Sarah Feathers reading from AWARD WINNING* Weird Lies, and it’s equally terrific stable fellow, Lovers’ Lies, at Misty Moon, where we will also be PREVIEWING the animated trailer (by upcoming animator Nick Page) for our next book, Devilskein & Dearlove. I will say nothing more, other than it’s ACE (Misty Moon aficionados, yes that is what I mean.)

(* wondering how long it will take to get bored with typing that)

It was an excellent event, which kept the energy going all afternoon and all evening, with live readings from all sorts of poets and authors, including London Lies author and Oxford local, Emily Cleaver.Emily Cleaver reading at Sabotage

A BIG thank you to everyone I forgot to thank last night, I hadn’t written a speech, so it was very off the cuff.

And a very big thank you to all the writers, in AWARD WINNING Weird Lies and all the other books, you are all brilliant.

And an especially big thank you to Alix, who turns out for almost every live event and does front-of-house so brilliantly. For someone who said she didn’t want to be involved, she does an epic amount, and it wouldn’t happen without her.

 

Vote #WeirdLies in @Saboteur2014

To paraphrase ‘We only have 36(ish) hours to save the world’ or in this case to vote ! you can also visit the book fair at the Jericho on Walton Street Oxford on Saturday 31st May in the afternoon, and come to the ceremony in the evening to witness our triumph – or our smiling-through-adversity-face depending on whether you vote or not. It’s your choice. No Pressure. ‘Other Anthologies Are Also Available.’ (But they probably aren’t as weird as ours.)

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