Rising Dawn at Story Fridays


Although I couldn’t be there, Kirsty Cox did a grand job reading my story Rising Dawn at Story Fridays in Bath last week for their Speed of Light evening.

You can listen to her reading it, and other stories read by the authors and Kirsty here.

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Shortest Day, Longest Night


978190920829221st December 2016 ORDER NOW from Arachne Press
Edited by Cherry Potts
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144 pages

The Solstice Shorts festival celebrates the shortest day of the year, which is also short story day, with stories poems and songs to an appropriate theme. In 2015 that theme was Longest Night, in 2016 it will be Shortest Day, and will be celebrated (appropriately) with flash fiction. These are the combined stories and poems for both events.
Featuring work from

Abigail Beckel, Bob Beagrie, Cherry Potts, David Mathews, David McVey, Frances Gapper, Neil Brosnan, Pauline Walker, Sarah Evans, Sarah James, Wendy Gill, A.J. Akoto, Alison Craig, Frank Rubino, Jill Sharp, Joan Leotta, Juliet Desailly, Karen Bovenmyer, Karina Lutz, Laura Page, Lisa Kelly, Mario Duarte, Marlee Cox, Megan E. Freeman, Moira Quinn, Pat Tompkins, Scott-Patrick Mitchell, Steph Thompson, Tim Cremin, Ness Owen, CB Droege, David Steward, Jamie der Wahls, Katy Darby, Lee Nash, Liam Hogan, Pippa Gladhill, Polly Hall, Roger W. Hecht, Rosalind Stopps, Tom McKay.

with themes as various as friendships betrayed, birth, atheism, searching space, strangers in the night… and genres from fantasy and science fiction to poetry and realism.

Shortest Day, Longest Night on TOUR:

Wednesday 5.30 & 7pm 21/12/2016 Greenwich Launch (Solstice Shorts Festival) West Greenwich Library & Made in Greenwich
All the Shortest Day Stories and Poems, read by actors.

Friday 7.30 06/01/2017 Oxford Albion Beatnik
Poem (and story): Sarah James. Story: Wendy Gill, Pauline Walker, David Mathews, David Steward.

Tuesday 7.30 10/1/2017 St James Wine Vaults 10 St James Street, Bath, BA1 2TW
Combined reading with Liberty Tales. poem: Bernie Howley,  Elinor Brooks, Jeremy Dixon, Jill Sharp;  story: Nick Rawlinson,  Pippa Gladhill,  Cherry Potts

Wednesday 7pm 11/01/2017 Lewisham Library
Poems: Lisa Kelly, A J Akoto. Stories: David Steward, Cherry Potts, Liam Hogan

Sat 3pm 14/01/2017 Essex Wivenhoe Library
Stories: Rosalind Stopps, Cherry Potts, David Steward, Katy Darby, Poem: Lisa Kelly

Wednesday 7pm 18/01/2017 Brockley Deli The Story Sessions: Winter Tales
Rosalind Stopps, plus others including YOU?

Saturday 04/02/2017 2pm North Kensington Library
Poems: Bob Beagrie, Lisa Kelly, A J Akoto. Story: Katy Darby, Liam Hogan, Pauline Walker, Cherry Potts

Liberty Tales


17th November 2016 ORDER NOW from Arachne Press
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2015 marked the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta and Arachne Press celebrated with an evening of stories, poetry and song on the subject of Liberty. The call out continued until the end of the year, and here are the collected and eclectic responses.

Liberty, personal, and legal, is the starting point of this wide ranging collection of responses to the Magna Carta, some directly relating to specific clauses of the document signed by King John, others more concerned with how we experience and search after freedom in the 21st Century, particularly with the Human Rights Act constantly under scrutiny.

Featuring work from Alison Lock, Andrew McCallum, Anna Fodorova, Bernie Howley, Brian Johnstone, Carolyn Eden, Cassandra Passarelli, Cherry Potts, David Guy, David Mathews, Elinor Brooks, Helen Morris , Jim Cogan, Jeremy Dixon, Kate Foley, Katy Darby, Liam Hogan, Nick Rawlinson, Owen Townend, Peter de Ville, Richard Smyth, Sarah Evans.

ON TOUR: Coming up…

Tuesday 7pm 10/01/2017 Bath The Gallery, St James Wine Vaults (Combined reading with Shortest Day Longest Night)
Poems from Bernie Howley,  Elinor Brooks, Jeremy Dixon, Jill Sharp: passports, religious freedom, coming out, reading in the dark,
stories from Nick Rawlinson,  Pippa Gladhill, Katy Darby,  Cherry Potts, David Mathews: Fish weirs, old gods, and… we’ll see which stories everyone else decides to read…

Wednesday 25/01/2017 Essex Greenstead Library Colchester time to be 6pm
Carolyn Eden, Helen Morris, Jim Cogan, and Sarah Evans read by Carrie Cohen, and David Guy and Jeremy Dixon read by Cliff Chapman. FREE but please phone Greenstead Library to reserve your place 01206 865758.

Past… with video/sound recordings

16/11/2016 Brockley Deli story sessions
Jim Cogan joins the Freedom tales line up for a prepublication sneak preview.

17/11/2016 Greenwich Launch West Greenwich Library Video
Stories from Katy Darby, Alison Lock, Cherry Potts,  Anna Fodorova (read by Carrie Cohen) David Guy (read by Cliff Chapman), poems from Bernie Howley, Jeremy Dixon, plus extracts… touching on prisoners, the right to roam, emotional freedom, going too far, passports  freedom of sexual expression, and more.

18/11/2016 Oxford Video
Stories from Jim Cogan,  Carolyn Eden, Nick Rawlinson, Katy Darby, Poems from Jeremy Dixon, Elinor Brooks, Bernie Howley. Explore an unusual Gaudy Night, fish weirs, walking out, when it safer to appear witless, finding yourself in San Francisco, religious intolerance, and exactly what the value of a passport really is.

23/11/2016 Lewisham Library Video
Stories from Jim Cogan,  Liam Hogan, David Mathews, Cherry Potts. Day release, love in captivity, crossing borders and escaping the past.

Thursday 6.30pm 01/12/2016 Newcastle Blackwells Video
poems from Brian Johnstone, stories from Alison Lock, Richard Smyth, Cherry Potts. Slave ‘stealing’, the right to roam, escaping the past, and how freedom is punished.

Saturday 5pm 03/12/2016 North London Housmans Bookshop Sound Recordings
Stories from Cassandra Passarelli, Liam Hogan, Carolyn Eden, Katy Darby. Freedom to travel and grow, love in captivity, walking out, and a small prison drama.

Saturday 2pm 10/12/2016 West London North Kensington Library Video
stories from Carolyn Eden, Jim Cogan, Cassandra Passarelli, Cherry Potts. Poems from Jeremy Dixon. Walking out, being let out, finding a way out, breaking out, coming out.

 

 

NOT the Booker! The Dowry Blade is long-listed


Trumpet Fanfare…. The Dowry Blade has been long-listed for The Guardian’s Not the Booker prize …along with over 100 other books. Thank you Neil & Juliet for nominating.

So if by some miracle you, like them, have finished reading it, and feel moved to vote, follow the link above and do that thing – for your vote to count you need to vote for 2 books, and write a 100 word review of at least one of them (obviously it would be great if it was The Dowry Blade!) by the 14th August. So you’ve got 2 weeks to read it if you haven’t already – that’s only about 12,000 words a day – you can do it!

I can’t imagine we have sold enough copies to be in with a chance of making the shortlist, but if it gets a few other people interested in buying a copy, it would make me immeasurably happy, as opposed to just modestly pleased, which is where I am right now.

The Thirty Second Mariner


And… the poem is published.

you can read it here, and even rate it. Spilling Cocoa is rapidly getting stuffed with witty and daft poems, go and have a browse.

Launch events for The Dowry Blade


The Dowry Blade bookmark cropPublication day for The Dowry Blade approaches, and pre-publication copies are already available from Arachne Press’ web shop, where there is also a special offer of £25 (free postage in the UK) for combining TDB with Mosaic of Air (normal combined price £27.98) for the first 20 people to get there.

I have 4 launch events lined up (it is a BIG book, it needs several events).

If anyone has further suggestions or indeed offers as to other places to read, get in touch. Will consider anywhere within easy reach of London, plus near Sheffield, Bath, Durham and Newark where friends and family might be prevailed upon for a bed for the night.

Follow the links for full details, and I hope to see you for at least one!

The Dowry Blade Launch, Lewisham Library Wednesday 24th February 6.30-8pm.

The Dowry Blade Launch, Clapham Books Thursday 25th February 7.30-9pm.

The Dowry Blade Launch, The Beckenham Bookshop Thursday 3rd March 7-8.30

Readings from The Dowry Blade, Cherry Potts and The Don’t Touch Garden, Kate Foley; Gay’s the Word Thursday 24th March 7-8.30

The Dowry Blade, live and in the flesh


Dowry blade arrives

There is nothing to beat a pile of new books, except a pile of new books that you wrote yourself. And this is a big pile, of big books! The Dowry Blade is big! It weighs 620 grams. I hadn’t really thought through the amount of space a 400 page book printed in Royal format takes in bulk. This is just the 100 copies to supply events in places that aren’t bookshops, copies for reviewers and the copyright libraries. Buy one before I have to build an extension!

Julian is delighted at the number of new boxes to play in, and also thinks you should buy a copy so that they empty quickly.

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Support Julian’s plans for a small city of boxes to disport himself within by buying a copy direct from Arachne Press, or at one of the launch events (that’s the ‘live and in the flesh’ thing) – Lewisham Library on 24th February at 6:30, or Clapham Books on 25th February at 7.30.

More events to follow in March, in discussions with three more venues.