Make an Artist’s book with Jeremy Dixon

Yes, we are crowdfunding.

We have raised £157 of our £2000 target. Thank you everyone who has contributed so far.

To whet your appetite here is one of the rewards available – suitable for groups of friends or family who like to make things.

Artist book making workshop

Pledge £120 or more

Book Making Workshop

A practical 3 hour workshop delivered in your home by Poet/artist Jeremy Dixon (Liberty Tales & The Other Side of Sleep). You will learn to make: a one sheet book; a zig-zag book; a pamphlet-stitch book; and a stab-stitch book. All materials will be provided and Jeremy can run the workshop for up to eight people at a time. Why not invite your writing group, friends and family along to share a fun and enjoyable experience.
Available Wednesday or weekends within a two-hour drive from Cardiff or along the M4 corridor (as far as London).
Email any questions to Jeremy at jh_dixon(at)hotmail(dot)com, or visit http://www.hazardpress.co.uk to see examples of his work.

Jeremy Dixon

Jeremy Dixon

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Limited offer – only one workshop is on offer, grab it fast. Crowdfund finishes on 2nd October

 

Support our crowd fund – rewards

Yes, we are crowdfunding again.

So far we have raised £118 of our £1500 target. Thank you everyone who has contributed so far.

To whet your appetite here is one of the rewards available – suitable for groups of friends or family who like to make things.

Artist book/badge making workshop

A practical 2-3 hour workshop delivered in your home by Poet/artist Jeremy Dixon (Liberty Tales & The Other Side of Sleep).

Jeremy Dixon

Jeremy Dixon

You will learn to make: a one sheet book; a zig-zag book; a pamphlet-stitch book; and a stab-stitch book; plus your own 25mm pin-backed badges using found images or designing your own.

All materials will be provided and Jeremy can run the workshop for up to six people at a time, so invite your friends and family along to share a fun and enjoyable experience.
Available weekends to kitchen tables within easy reach of Cardiff and the M4 corridor (as far as London!)

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Pledge £150 or more here  Limited reward (2 left of 2)

Estimated delivery:Apr 2017

We’ll use you money to (amongst other things) pay travel expenses for writers, and fees to actors for our book tour which turned out bigger than we expected!

Crowdfund finishes on 5th February.

 

 

Rebellion: Writing Fantasy

 Rebellion: Writing Fantasy, author talk and workshop

Author Cherry Potts reads from her new novel The Dowry Blade, and discusses ways of writing fantasy with an opportunity for a short writing exercise for the audience.

World building, weird logic and rule breaking at

Brompton Library

210 Old Brompton Road

London SW5 0BS

Thursday 14 April 18:30-19:45

Attending the London Book Fair?  This event is on the final day and Brompton Library is one stop on the tube/overground away from Olympia, at West Brompton, then a short walk.

Group of Acoustic Musicians needed

Group of Acoustic Musicians (minimum 2) wanted for an open rehearsal/ jamming session with writers present. (Unpaid apart from reasonable expenses)

Arachne Press are running a two hour writing workshop as part of Walthamstow Libraries’ Word Festival in November. The Workshop is Writing With Your Ears which looks at how live music can influence and inspire writing (fiction, poetry, maybe even lyrics) – but we need some musicians!

The music needs to be instrumental, and never have had words set to it. The more varied and complex you repertoire the better, original work welcome, or classical/ world/ jazz/ folk… prefer not pop because more people are likely to have associations with it that will get in the way of the creative process.

Musicians should ideally  be used to working together, and would cover a wide variety of instruments, but any combination of acoustic instruments considered. We welcome both amateur and professional groups, students, anyone who loves music and is interested in collaborating with literature programmes. This doesn’t need to be a performance – if you want to play something over several times or discuss it during the evening that’s fine, we’d also love it if you would chat to the writers in the tea break, and perhaps let them have a go at playing an instrument (not things with mouthpieces obviously), and be an audience for what they produce during the workshop.

What’s in it for you? free rehearsal space, publicity, an opportunity to introduce your music to an audience who give you an awful lot of attention, potential for an on-going relationship with Arachne Press for future workshops, maybe playing at book launches, other collaborative events as we think of them (if you have any ideas, glad to hear them). If you have CDs to sell bring them along.

When and where:

Tuesday 12th November 2013 18:30-20:30

North Chingford Library, The Green, Chingford, E4 7EN

expressions of interest to Cherry Potts: cherry(at)arachnepress(dot)com please include links to recordings/ videos/website if applicable

If you can’t make that date, but are interested in the idea, please get in touch anyway, we hope there will be future opportunities.

Keats Festival: Cupcakes, Scents, Lovers and Weird Lies – the videos

The Keats Festival is going strong, and we are very proud at Arachne Press to be a part of the proceedings.

Saturday morning Cherry Potts ran a workshop on NLP for writers, using all the senses but in particular smell – partly because people rarely think about smells, and yet they have a powerful impact on us, often unconsciously; and partly because Keats trained as an apothecary and doctor, at a time when science was beginning to really supercede traditional medicine. We had fun poking about the garden, eating cupcakes (an unexpected bonus courtesy of Keats Festival – although of course we analysed carefully texture, and flavour as we ate, in suitably pseudoscientific mode) and identifying mystery compounds and liquids by scent alone.

In the afternoon we read from Lovers’ Lies, our book for romantic cynics, which we launched at Keats House back at the beginning of the year, and did our first preview read of Weird Lies, our fantasy/ sci-fi/ peculiar anthology which will be out in September.

The stories were chosen for links to Keats (loosely!!!): medicine/health in Mirror by Cherry Potts, nature in What does H2O feel like to the Tadpoles? by Tom McKay and Something Missing by Bobbie Darbyshire, and the interface between art and science in The Painter and the Physicist by Tania Hershman.

A big thank-you to the authors and to the actors who read on behalf of Cherry and Tom: Will Everett who has now read Mirror several times and is finding new subtle ways to explore the emotional undertow each time, and Kim Scopes who stepped in at the last minute, and found a truly tadpole-like voice for the tadpoles, earthy, eager and slightly speedy: in my mind this will be  the voice of tadpoles for ever more.

There will be further previews of Weird Lies on Sunday 9th June 6-9, at Misty Moon Gallery SE13. More information soon!

© Arachne Press 2013

Writing on the Move Writing Workshop

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old vinyl

factory

1st June 1-4 pm. A walk and site-specific workshop for writers of all levels of experience. Come and explore The Old Vinyl Factory site in Hayes
Blyth Road
Hayes
UB3 1HA

The factory was home to EMI from the 1900’s right through to the 1970’s, though most of the buildings date from the 20’s: everything from Caruso to The Beatles was pressed here.

Compare old and new, derelict and refurbished, crowded and empty, sound and silence. Use the site as inspiration for writing. Work with all your senses to develop atmosphere, character and plot – we might even throw in some music.

There will be a brief introduction  in the  Vinyl Lounge:vinyl

Followed by a guided walk (roughly 45 minutes) around the interior of the refurbished Shipping building (including archive exhibition)  and the currently derelict Cabinet building; and the exterior of the power house (if weather fair). Followed by a two-hour writing workshop back in the colourful Vinyl Lounge.

Workshop run by Cherry Potts, author of Mosaic of Air and Tales Told Before Cockcrow, editor of Stations, co-editor of London Lies and Lovers’ Lies, and owner of Arachne Press.

Bring a notebook suitable for make notes in on the move, and pens. More technically advanced writing gear is welcome once we settle in for the workshop, but might not be suitable while we are walking.

cabinet interior 2Caution: Some walking surfaces in the derelict areas are very uneven with varying surface materials, and there are one or two steps and thresholds to get over, and other potential tripping hazards. Sensible shoes essential! If you have mobility issues please get in touch before booking.

Part of the Hillingdon ArtsWeek. Booking essential as places are limited. £14. tickets from: Compass Theatre

Ample parking on site, Hayes & Harlington Station 10-15min walk. Buses locally.