About Cherry Potts

Cherry Potts is a publisher/editor. fiction writer and teacher, event organiser, photographer, book designer, NLP master practitioner, life coach and trainer. She sings for fun. Through Arachne Press she publishes fiction and non fiction and runs spoken word events and cross-arts workshops for writers at interesting venues. Always interested in new opportunites to perform, write or explore writing.

Brockley Max fundraising reading at Halloween


Here’s a snippet of audio of my reading of Red Dress, at the Brockley Max fundraiser at Halloween.

We raised around £200, but more is needed – If you’d like to support our local festival, there’s a crowd fund here

 

If you liked the audio, Red Dress is available to buy as an e-story from

Cut a Long Story along with other short stories by me.

Foundation myth -again!


Foundation Myth is getting out and about – this is the audio recording of a reading of Story Cities we did at the Old Rotal Naval College in Greenwich for Design Week. That was a lot of fun, there was a storytellers’ chair!

 

Myth is getting another outing on 11th December at 6.30pm alongside other Story Cities authors, Rosamund Davies, Evleen Towey, Jayne Buxton and Máire Owens; and winners of this term’s City Writes competition (TBA).

City125 Suite, 26-38 Whiskin Street EC1R 0JD TICKETS £10 in advance only

The venue is accessed via the Rhind building on St John’s Street, (big glass thing opposite the red brick one with the clock.) I’m sure they’ll have someone to direct people!

 

Hallowe’en at the Honor Oak


People who know me know that I don’t do horror. I hate creep and gore, and  I actively like bats, spiders and so on, and don’t appreciate them being demonised.

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Be that as it may, I am quite fond of a subtle ghost story, and I AM reading a small horror story, in company with other local writers for Hallowe’en.

Join us on 31st October at 7.30, upstairs at the Honor Oak pub, St Germains Road, SE23, for Frightful Yarns, in support of our local festival BrockleyMax.

This is a fundraiser, so ticketed, and £5 to get in. Advance tickets available here (with booking fee)

I’m sure there are tickets on the door too. Fancy dress optional.

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Come along for a tale of entrapment and revenge through the medium of dance.

Yes. Really, and No, I won’t be dancing… don’t be silly.

How to Write a Novel


I’ve unexpectedly been asked to step in for a colleague at City University London and teach the Novel Writing Course this term.

It’s for people starting out on a novel for the first time, or needing a bit of a boost/steer on an ongoing work, the first 5 weeks are nuts and bolts and the second half of term is workshoping your novel with me and the rest of the group. 10 weeks, Monday evenings 6.30-8.30. Starts 30th September.

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Some people already signed up have opted to delay until next term, because they want to be taught by the incumbent tutor.  This means we are now short of viable numbers and need at least 2 more people to sign up by tomorrow, or the course won’t run, which will be a shame for those who have already commited.

If this sounds like the course for you, get your skates on and REGISTER NOW, or by tomorrow, TUESDAY 24th September.

Story Cities – Foundation Myth


Story Cities is an Arachne Press project, bringing together 42 writers and 51 stories about the city – any city, every city, in flash of under 500 words.

The brief for the book was: no names, no recognisable landmarks, and to fit one of the themes – termini, transport, hotels, cafes, squares and parks, markets, main streets, side streets and crossroads.

When I started thinking about it, my reaction was, no, this isn’t what makes a city, it’s the people.

Here’s some video of my contribution to the book, Foundation Myth, read at Greenwich Book Festival, same story, slightly different take.

and at the book launch, at the Stephen Lawrence Gallery, also in Greenwich.

Order your copy direct

National Flash Fiction Day


NFFD are celebrating with a ‘flash flood’ – My story Rising Dawn will be up on it at around 8.45am http://flashfloodjournal.blogspot.com/

And I’m speaking, with fellow editors Kam Rehal and Rosamund Davies at Greenwich Book Festival at 10am about editing (and contributing to) Story Cities, a book of flash fiction designed as a ‘City Guide for the Imagination’. Free but ticketed, via eventbrite.

Happy Flash Fiction Day!

 

 

Writing the Past: The Bog Mermaid


Video from the Arachne Press Writing the Past event for Hither Green Festival 2019 at Manor House Library.

An extract from the 1926 thread of this as yet unfinished novel(la) – first draft almost done.