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.

 

Fish supper at Liars’ League


On 12th February, my story Fish-fish will be read by the lovely Math Jones at Liars’ League London at their Love & Lust evening.

Set in the 1920’s in a fish restaurant and the beach of a small coastal town, it was inspired by this picture

Mr. and Mrs. Chester Dale Dining Out. Guy Pene du Bois. 1924. Thanks to @78Derngate for tweeting it. I’d never have found it otherwise.

Mr and Mrs Chester Dale are not who they seem, and waiter, Joel, is on to them.

Callout for pre publication reviewers


So, experimenting with new stuff, my forthcoming book, The Dowry Blade (February 2016) is on NetGalley, a review site for librarians, bookshop owners, book bloggers and professional reviewers. If that is YOU, you can download a review PDF here. It is UNPROOFED, ok, so no comments about typos!

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Once more into print… Clockwise


Now, anyone who had anything to do with Solstice Shorts last year will know how much I like a good time theme. So I was delighted to find SolarWyrm‘s Latchkey Tales and their current project, Clockwise, a series of journals focussed around different times of day: this time Midnight Blues. So I sent them a story, and they have published it.

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The Midwinter Wife takes place over the longest night of the year, in  town of ancient origins  south of London, and is a sort of Rip Van Winkle in reverse, with midnight playing a key role, obviously.

I noticed that Cathy Bryant (one of Arachne Press’ Poets) is also in Midnight Blues, pleasing to be in good company!

Anyway, you can buy a physical copy  (kindle version to follow) or you can subscribe to the entire series, (electronic version or physical ) which is much cheaper per copy, or (and?) you can buy the omnibus later in the year…

In other news: I am currently typesetting my monster-book – The Dowry Blade, ready for publication in February 2016. Until I finish typesetting, I don’t know how many pages,  (around 576) until I know how many pages I can’t get a quote from the printer, or finalise the spine width for the cover designer, so I am concentrating very hard. Surprised at how much I am enjoying the process!

Here’s the cover, (by Lucy Reynolds) uncomplicated by spine calculations..

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More From Cut a Long Story


More stories up on Cut a Long Story…

starkridge1Starkridge: Don’t Mess with Mountains…

glory or hope imagewcbGlory, or Hope: two goddesses meet on a beach…

bloomington cloudPrairie Rain: a flash fiction set on a porch near the town of Normal, Illinois

deja vue image cpDéjà Vû: A radical retelling – Sleeping Beauty and Snow White seen through the prism of The Stepford Wives

eye of the beholderEye of the Beholder: Bill keeps seeing the same woman – at least, he thinks it’s the same woman… a ghost story set in Brockley.

judges image copyJudges: What really happened to Jael and Sisera – not quite how it’s told in The Song of Deborah.

 

A busy February: LGBT History Month and a whole lot of Love


February is a busy month for me, readings, publications, A’s birthday…

Just published

my story Neutral Ground is just published in 52 :Loves – a story for every week of the year, all about Love, but not necessarily how you’d think. Kindle only at the moment but you never know.

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On Thursday 5th at 7:45 in my capacity as publisher, I’m ‘compering’ a reading of Devilskein & Dearlove by Alex Smith at Lewisham Library 199 Lewisham High Street SE13 6LG more details over on the Arachne Press Website.

On February 23rd, my story The Wetland Way will be read at Liars’ League Hong Kong (without me, it’s too far to go!)

LGBT History Month

Thursday 12th I’m at North Kensington Library, 108 Ladbroke Grove, W11 1PZ

6-7:30 pm

with VA Fearon where we will each be reading from our books, and interviewing each other about coming out as writers…

Shouting about Lesbian Literature – coming out as a lesbian writer.

Cherry Potts first collection of lesbian short stories, Mosaic of Air was published over 20 years ago, and she now owns her own independent publishing house, Arachne Press.

V. A.  Fearon’s first self-published crime thriller, The Girl with the Treasure Chest came out last year.

What has changed for the Lesbian author in the interim? What has the recent surge of self and indie publishing done for lesbian literature (and what is it anyway)?

Two personal approaches, with readings.

Thursday  26th I’m at Richmond Lending Library, Little Green, Richmond, TW9 1QL at 7pm doing readings and talking about writing and publishing.

Join writer and publisher Cherry Potts for an evening of readings and informal discussion of Lesbian & Gay writing with a whirl through anything from myth, to science fiction. Cherry will read from her own work and others published by her award-winning publishing house, Arachne Press.

Latest Liars’ League gig


So, as some of you know I’ve had several stories read at Liars’ League, and this happened again recently, for their Slings & Arrows event. Hurrah for Liars’ League!

A  version of The King’s Champion, minus the subplot and now entitled Kassell for the place the story is set, (Kassel, Germany – birthplace of the Brothers’ Grimm), read by the wonderful Greg Page. You can watch the video here

And here’s the actual snowy landscape that inspired it – not quite as dramatic as I tell it!

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