Cherry Potts

Cherry Potts is the Director of Arachne Press, for whom she is editor/co-editor of most of our anthologies, and runs the annual literature and music festival Solstice Shorts. She also commissions and sometimes designs our book covers.

covers designs

She is the winner of the Quill Prose Prize, and the author of two collections of short stories: Mosaic of Air, (republished by Arachne Press in 2013, and Tales Told Before Cockcrow (currently out of print); a photographic diary of a community opera The Blackheath Onegin, and a fantasy novel, The Dowry Blade (Arachne Press 2016).

Cherry has also had many stories and two poems in anthologies (including Arachne Press publications), magazines and online, including multiple stories performed at various of the Liars’ League franchises.

She is currently subbing two short story collections and two novellas to publishers while working very slowly on various projects: a science fiction novel, an urban fantasy about witches and genealogy, and a timeslip-young-adult novel. She has probably abandoned her historical novel, until she can spend a year in the Bibliotheque Nationale and various sites in the Languedoc ‘researching’.

Interview with Andrew Blackman about setting up Arachne Press

Cherry runs workshops for writers and until recently taught creative writing as a visiting lecturer at City University, London.

Cherry’s stories in Arachne anthologies are:

Story Cities Foundation Myth
We/She The Real McCoy

Liberty Tales: Knitting for Demons

Shortest Day, Longest Night: The Midwinter Wife
The Midwinter wife read at Solstice Shorts 2015: Longest Night
London Lies, Leaving
Cherry Potts Leaving clip
Stations, A Place of Departures set in Rotherhithe

Lovers’ Lies, Mirror

Cherry has two poems in Joy//Us: Poems of Queer Joy.

Cherry’s personal website can be found here

184 thoughts on “Cherry Potts

  1. Pingback: Stations Reading at Canvas and Cream | Arachne Press

  2. Pingback: Final December reading booked for Stations – Honor Oak Park | Arachne Press

  3. Pingback: Love is in the Air | Arachne Press

  4. Pingback: Croydon Radio Interview tomorrow | Arachne Press

  5. Pingback: Canvas & Cream reading videos | Arachne Press

  6. Pingback: Planning Ahead: Stations at Whitechapel | Arachne Press

  7. Pingback: LGBT history month event at Deptford Lounge | Arachne Press

  8. Pingback: Wood Green Central Library Reading | Arachne Press

  9. Pingback: Crystal Palace Special | Arachne Press

  10. Pingback: Stations: Norwood Junction – the Video | Arachne Press

  11. Pingback: LGBT History Month reading: Ealing Library | Arachne Press

  12. Pingback: Friern Barnet People’s Library Reading Authors confirmed | Arachne Press

  13. Pingback: Arachne Press at Branching Out LSE Space for Thought Literature Festival 2013 | Arachne Press

  14. Pingback: Up-coming Lovers’ Lies events | Arachne Press

  15. Pingback: Ealing Library the Video | Arachne Press

  16. Pingback: Deptford Lounge LGBT evening – the video | Arachne Press

  17. Pingback: Croydon, and the end of the line? | Arachne Press

  18. Pingback: LSE branch out festival video part 1 | Arachne Press

  19. Pingback: Wood Green reading | Arachne Press

  20. Pingback: CityRead Harrow, Gayton Library, 30th April | Arachne Press

  21. Pingback: CityReads: Stations at Coulsdon Library | Arachne Press

  22. Pingback: Writing on the Move | Arachne Press

  23. Pingback: Writing on the Move Writing Workshop | Arachne Press

  24. Pingback: Keats Festival Arachne Press Author Reading | Arachne Press

  25. Pingback: Arachne Press at the Keats Festival Writing Workshop | Arachne Press

  26. Pingback: Harrow Cityread – the video | Arachne Press

  27. Pingback: Arachne Authors talk about the writers who influence and inspire them | Arachne Press

  28. Pingback: Weird Lies Kickstarter Crowdfunding campaign goes live | Arachne Press

  29. Pingback: Keats Festival: Cupcakes, Scents, Lovers and Weird Lies – the videos | Arachne Press

  30. Pingback: 9th June Misty Moon Update | Arachne Press

  31. Pingback: Sophie Aldred to read at Misty Moon Weird Lies Preview | Arachne Press

  32. Pingback: Arachne Authors talk about their writing habits 1 | Arachne Press

  33. Pingback: Misty Moon Preview of Weird Lies – the video | Arachne Press

  34. Pingback: Arachne Press to Headline at Southwark Arts Fair | Arachne Press

  35. Pingback: Martin Pengelly Interview | Arachne Press

  36. Pingback: July events (and the last one for June) | Arachne Press

  37. Pingback: Arachne goes to Towersey | Arachne Press

  38. Pingback: You are Invited to Arachnefest: Arachne Press’ First Birthday Party | Arachne Press

  39. Pingback: Leeds Book Fair blog | Arachne Press

  40. Pingback: ArachneFest – the videos | Arachne Press

  41. Pingback: Spread the Word Towersey Timetable | Arachne Press

  42. Pingback: Launching Science Fiction Stories at The Royal Observatory Spaceship not required | Arachne Press

  43. Pingback: Fantasy Tales at Misty Moon | Arachne Press

  44. Pingback: Armistice Tales | Arachne Press

  45. Pingback: Writing with your Ears – Words over Waltham Forest | Arachne Press

  46. Pingback: Weird Lies and Mosaic of Air Live Readings This Saturday | Arachne Press

  47. Pingback: Weird Lies and Mosaic of Air Launch – Video 2 and recording | Arachne Press

  48. Pingback: Weird Lies Fantasy reading at Misty Moon | Arachne Press

  49. Pingback: Mosaic of Air & Weird Lies Fantasy Launch – video | Arachne Press

  50. Pingback: December Story Sessions: Solstice tales | Arachne Press

  51. Pingback: London Love and Strangeness at Peckham Literary Festival | Arachne Press

  52. Pingback: The Many Hats of Bartle Sawbridge | Arachne Press

  53. Pingback: Festive video from the Story Sessions | Arachne Press

  54. Pingback: The Story Sessions: Queer Tales | Arachne Press

  55. Pingback: LGBT history event at Walthamstow Library | Arachne Press

  56. Pingback: The Weekly Steals Feb 18th-23rd | A LONDON STEAL

  57. Pingback: TLW LEXiCON | Arachne Press

  58. Pingback: Queer Tales at the Story Sessions – the videos | Arachne Press

  59. Pingback: The Story Sessions: Feminist Fables and Folk Tales for International Women’s Day | Arachne Press

  60. Pingback: The Story Sessions: Feminist Fables and Folk Tales for International Women’s Day | Arachne Press

  61. Pingback: The Story Sessions are back! | Arachne Press

  62. Pingback: Other Worlds at Misty Moon | Arachne Press

  63. Pingback: Story Sessions – May 2014 – Technician’s Tales – Video | Arachne Press

  64. Pingback: Devilskein & Dearlove Trailer Goes Live | Arachne Press

  65. Pingback: Video from Other Worlds – the Real McCoy | Arachne Press

  66. Pingback: LonCon 3 – Cherry Potts on Panels | Arachne Press

  67. Pingback: Solstice Shorts Fesival – Update | Arachne Press

  68. Pingback: Solstice Shorts Festival – Who will be judging the competition? | Arachne Press

  69. Pingback: Solstice Shorts Crowd Funding Rewards – Your story professionally edited | Arachne Press

  70. Pingback: We DID IT! | Arachne Press

  71. Pingback: Launching the Other Side of Sleep – Time Travel | Arachne Press

  72. Pingback: Launching The Other Side of Sleep: Title Poem | Arachne Press

  73. Pingback: Celebrate LGBT History Month 2015 | Arachne Press

  74. Pingback: Arachne Goes West part 1 the north – Grange-over-Sands | Arachne Press

  75. Pingback: Arachne Goes West part 3 – Cheltenham Poetry Festival | Arachne Press

  76. Pingback: Arachne workshop and readings at Clerkenwell Lit Fest – Word on the Street | Arachne Press

  77. Pingback: Arachne workshop and readings at Clerkenwell Lit Fest – Word on the Street | ShortStops

  78. Pingback: Arachne Feast & Festival at BrockleyMAX | Arachne Press

  79. Pingback: BrockleyMAX festival live lit and writing workshop from Arachne Press | ShortStops

  80. Pingback: July happenings | Arachne Press

  81. Pingback: Review copies of The Dowry Blade for professional reviewers | Arachne Press

  82. Pingback: Professional edit of your 2000 word story/ novel extract | Arachne Press

  83. Pingback: Support Solstice Shorts come to a booklaunch | Arachne Press

  84. Pingback: Solstice Shorts 2015: Longest Night | ShortStops

  85. Pingback: Longest Night Photos | Arachne Press

  86. Pingback: Launching The Dowry Blade in Lewisham | Arachne Press

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  88. Pingback: LGBT History Month Launch in Lewisham | Arachne Press

  89. Pingback: More dates for The Dowry Blade readings | Arachne Press

  90. Pingback: Video of The Dowry Blade launch event Lewisham Library | Arachne Press

  91. Pingback: Launching The Dowry Blade – opening scene reading | Arachne Press

  92. Pingback: Clapham launch of The Dowry Blade | Arachne Press

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  94. Pingback: Arachne Press Poets at London Book Fair | Arachne Press

  95. Pingback: Tonight! hear about #Outcome on Resonance FM Out in South London | Arachne Press

  96. Pingback: Kate Foley & Cherry Potts reading at Gay’s the Word – Video | Arachne Press

  97. Pingback: The Story Sessions Freedom Tales | Arachne Press

  98. Pingback: Next week’s Liberty Tales Events- Newcastle and King’s Cross | Arachne Press

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  100. Pingback: Liberty Tales | Cherry Potts, Writer

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  102. Pingback: The Story Sessions Freedom Tales recordings | Arachne Press

  103. Pingback: Crowd fund reward for writers | Arachne Press

  104. Pingback: Liberty Tales on Tour- North Kensington Library – Video | Arachne Press

  105. Pingback: Solstice Shorts Video: Winter Solstice, 2016 | Arachne Press

  106. Pingback: Solstice Shorts Video: Without Index | Arachne Press

  107. Pingback: Solstice Shorts Video: Watching Your Hair Grow Back in December | Arachne Press

  108. Pingback: Solstice Shorts on Tour – Lisa Kelly

  109. Pingback: Solstice Shorts Video: Shortest Day on the Beach | Arachne Press

  110. Pingback: Solstice Shorts Video: A Ten-Point Temporal Sample… | Arachne Press

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  112. Pingback: Solstice Shorts Video: Bite | Arachne Press

  113. Pingback: Solstice Shorts Video: The End of Everything | Arachne Press

  114. Pingback: Shortest Day Longest Night Tour – Lewisham Video | Arachne Press

  115. Pingback: Shortest Day Longest Night on Tour – Wivenhoe – Video | Arachne Press

  116. Pingback: Short Stories from Final Shortest Day Longest Night Tour Gig | Arachne Press

  117. Pingback: Taster for The Story Sessions on 15th March | Arachne Press

  118. Pingback: The Story Sessions: Retelling Tales – poems – audio | Arachne Press

  119. Pingback: Arachne Press does Brockley Max | Arachne Press

  120. Pingback: The Old Woman is in Ealing this weekend | Arachne Press

  121. Pingback: Our 5th Anniversary celebrations approach | Arachne Press

  122. Pingback: #Arachne5 Anniversary celebrations | Arachne Press

  123. Pingback: Arachne Press celebrates 5 years of short stories and more #Arachne5 | ShortStops

  124. Pingback: Live lit events coming up | Arachne Press

  125. Pingback: Liberty-on-Sea | Arachne Press

  126. Pingback: Shoreham WordFest: Liberty & Protest videos | Arachne Press

  127. Pingback: #Arachne5 at Archway With Words video | Arachne Press

  128. Pingback: Preview of Dusk on Resonance FM | Arachne Press

  129. Pingback: Science Fiction and Fantasy for The Hither Green Festival | Arachne Press

  130. Pingback: Women and SF/Fantasy for Hither Green Festival | ShortStops

  131. Pingback: Hither Green Festival Video One – growing up reading SF and Fantasy… | Arachne Press

  132. Pingback: Hither Green Festival video 3 Katy Darby & Cherry Potts on writing SF/F | Arachne Press

  133. Pingback: Hither Green Festival video 6 Quarantine | Arachne Press

  134. Pingback: Bellingham St John’s Church Festival preview for DUSK | Arachne Press

  135. Pingback: Launching Dusk | Arachne Press

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  137. Pingback: City Writes | Arachne Press

  138. Pingback: Videos from Mini Solstice at City Writes | Arachne Press

  139. Pingback: Hither Green Festival Writing The Past | Arachne Press

  140. Pingback: looking forward to Story Cities in Greenwich | Arachne Press

  141. Pingback: Hidden Corners for Brockley Max | Arachne Press

  142. Pingback: Saturday at Greenwich Book Festival | Arachne Press

  143. Pingback: For NFFD Brockley Max does Solstice Shorts Stories | Arachne Press

  144. Pingback: Video – Greenwich Launch Story Cities Cherry Potts | Arachne Press

  145. Pingback: The what how and why of Story Cities | Arachne Press

  146. Pingback: Editors discuss Story Cities Concept at Greenwich Book Festival | Arachne Press

  147. Pingback: Story Cities Editors discuss the publishing process | Arachne Press

  148. Pingback: Story Cities Editors talk about flash fiction at Greenwich Book Festival | Arachne Press

  149. Pingback: London Design Festival | Arachne Press

  150. Pingback: Story Cities at Old Royal Naval College | Arachne Press

  151. Pingback: Unique handstitched Crowd fund reward for Time and Tide | Arachne Press

  152. Pingback: Writers’ crowdfund reward for Time and Tide | Arachne Press

  153. Pingback: Halloween/Samhain | Arachne Press

  154. Pingback: Story Cities at Old Royal Naval College day 2 | Arachne Press

  155. Pingback: Interview with Arachne Editor Cherry Potts | Arachne Press

  156. Pingback: Who or What is WooA? | Arachne Press

  157. Pingback: Welcome to the Arachneversary: Video One – Mosaic of Air | Arachne Press

  158. Pingback: Arachneversary video two: The Old Woman from Friuli | Arachne Press

  159. Pingback: Arachneversary Video 3: The Liars’ League books | Arachne Press

  160. Pingback: Arachneversary video 5: In Retail with Jeremy Dixon | Arachne Press

  161. Pingback: Arachneversary video 6: Jane Aldous and Let Out the Djinn | Arachne Press

  162. Pingback: Arachneversary video 7: Kate Foley | Arachne Press

  163. Pingback: Book Launch Part 2 No Spider Harmed… | Arachne Press

  164. Pingback: Arachneversary Story Cities with Rosamund Davies and Kam Rehal | Arachne Press

  165. Pingback: Arachneversary – Outcome with Tom Dingley | Arachne Press

  166. Pingback: Arachneversary Solstice Shorts Sixteen Stories about Time | Arachne Press

  167. Pingback: Arachneversary – Noon | Arachne Press

  168. Pingback: Arachneversary – The Dowry Blade – Cherry Potts | Arachne Press

  169. Pingback: Arachneversary Departures and the Story Sessions | Arachne Press

  170. Pingback: Arachneversary – Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed | Arachne Press

  171. Pingback: Tymes goe by Turnes crowdfund | Arachne Press

  172. Pingback: Tymes goe by Turnes Crowd fund reward: Writing Critique | Arachne Press

  173. Pingback: Tymes goe by Turnes crowdfund 24 hours left… | Arachne Press

  174. Pingback: Arachne recommends books for International Women’s Day | Arachne Press

  175. Pingback: Behind the Scenes at Arachne Towers: Book Cover Design with Kevin Threlfall | Arachne Press

  176. Pingback: Behind the Scenes at Arachne Press: Lockdown Audiobook Production | Arachne Press

  177. Pingback: Myths and Selkies – a writers guide? | Arachne Press

  178. Pingback: Arachne PressSpinning stories since 2012A470 on tour, Hen Bost, Blaenau FfestiniogArachne Press

  179. Pingback: Arachne PressSpinning stories since 2012Arachne Tenth Anniversary Online FestivalArachne Press

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  182. Pingback: Joy//Us LGBTQ+ Poetry Anthology… Submit - Arachne Press

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