Writing Ambitions – three days to go on Kickstarter funding bid

Just thought I’d mention, its three days almost exactly until time runs out on our funding bid. If you’d like to support us, please take a look at the pitch – you can have a laugh at me and Katy being distracted by every butterfly that flew past, and remaining oblivious of the trains roaring by at the bottom of the garden – one of the few decent patches of sun so far this ‘Summer’, a bit like today.

And in the meantime, watch a whole bunch of Arachne authors talk about their writing ambitions…

© Arachne Press 2013

Arachne Authors talk about writing habits 2

Paula Read and Jacqueline Downs like to be in motion

Emily Cleaver writes when her child is asleep

Wendy Gill would like a greenhouse!

Lennart Lundh loves his computer, Michelle Shine loves her writing group

more arachne authors on the writers who inspire and influence them

Stations and London Lies contributors tell us about the writers they admire

Wendy Gill, Michael Trimmer, Ellie Stewart, Emily Cleaver

Peter Morgan and Jacqueline Downs

Harrow Cityread – the video

Our final Cityread event showcasing Stations at Gayton Library, Harrow:

Wendy Gill on packing up for a never-ready son’s move to Dalston

Cherry Potts on the ghosts of Rotherhithe:

Bartle Sawbridge on an Estate Agent’s spiel hijacked by a local:

and Paula Read on love burgeoning in Canonbury:

© Arachne Press 2013

CityRead Harrow, Gayton Library, 30th April

Cityread London (1)I’m getting to know bits of London I’ve never explored before,  we are off to Harrow, to Gayton Library, 5 St John’s Road, Harrow, HA1 2EE for our final CityRead gig of this year on Tuesday 30th April 7pm.

Join Cherry Potts (Rotherhithe), Wendy Gill (Dalston), Bartle Sawbridge (Shadwell), Paula Read (Canonbury/ Honor Oak Park) for stories of history that climbs out of the mud to speak, maternal relationships, poetry and property, and either life changing experiences in the North or homelessness and home baking in the South depending on what mood Paula is in.

Stations - perfect for your commute

Going Overground with Cityread

Cityread London (1)As part of CityRead Arachne Press authors will be reading from Stations at

Forest Hill Library
Dartmouth Road SE23 3HZ
on Thursday 18th April 2013 7-8.30pm

Rosalind Stopps (Brockley), Caroline Hardman (Hoxton), Jacqueline Downs (Crystal Palace) and Peter Morgan (Forest Hill) for stories of love among the coffee cups, vampires in pubs, ghosts in the machine and eccentrics at a station.

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Whitechapel Idea Store: the video

A little delayed, but here is the video of our Stations event at Whitechapel Idea store

Rosalind, Wendy and Caroline:

Cherry & Bartle

Friern Barnet Community Library video

Yay! Friern Barnet Community Library got it’s licence and books will continue to be lent from this lovely purpose-built home for books. A victory for sanity and community action.

Arachne Press lent our support with a little reading from each of our books last Tuesday, when things were still a bit in doubt, so delighted with the result.

Here’s the video of our reading – apologies for the sound quality with hindsight the windowsill wasn’t the best place for the camera.

Caroline Hardman & Wendy Gill read from Stations and Michelle Shine reads from Lovers’ Lies


Cherry Potts reads from London Lies and Bobbie Darbyshire and Rosalind Stopps read from Lovers’ Lies.

What Arachne Authors are up to


Despite Arachne keeping our authors hard at work with events to promote our books, they do have a (writing) life outside Arachne.  Because Arachne was set up to support authors as well as produce books which we hope the reading public will fall in love with, we are very interested in what our authors are doing outside of their Arachne stuff.

so: in no particular order…

Wendy Gill is having her musical That Man performed by  Player-Playwrights  for one night only on Monday 25th February at 7.30pm, at the Florence Tavern, 50 Florence Street, Islington, London, N12DU.The play will be read/performed and then there will be a discussion/critique.

Joan Taylor-Rowan‘s musical Kandy Kottage is being showcased in a performance for one night only 14th March at the Landor Theatre as part of a festival of new theatre, from Page to Stage. She is looking for funding to build a set etc so if you have a few pennies down the back of the sofa she’d love to take them away from you http://wefund.com/project/kandy-kottage-a-bitter-sweet-musical/p56543/

Andrew Blackman‘s second novel A Virtual Love, is being published by Legend Press on 1 April 2013

Richard Smyth has a new book out Bloody British History: Leeds (The History Press – February 1), and the title story in the new Fiction Desk anthology Crying Just Like Anybody.

Ellie Stewart‘s story The Ghosties has just won first prize in the Writers Village Competition

On Saturdays Bobbie Darbyshire is often to be stumbled across in Waterstones introducing book browsers to her two novels Truth Games and Love, Revenge & Buttered Scones. And watch out for her talk in the 2013 Streatham Festival, 11-14 July.

Michelle Shine’s short story,  Blind Faith, was shortlisted for the Cinnamon Press Short Story competition last year. The winners anthology will be called The Book of Euclid and is out soonish.  She also has an historical novel about to be published by Indigo Dreams Publishing, Mesmerised, set in Paris in 1863

Friern Barnet People’s Library Reading Authors confirmed


The reading at FBPL on Tuesday 29th January 7-9 now has confirmed authors reading:

Rosalind Stopps, Wendy Gill, Michelle Shine, Bobbie Darbyshire, Caroline Hardman, Cherry Potts. Mostly stories from Lovers’ Lies, but a dip into each of the other books too.