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New Stories, Poems, Songs celebrating Noon on the shortest day of the year at 6 venues in the UK and Ireland
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For the fifth year, Solstice Shorts Festival chooses a moment in time to celebrate the shortest day of the year, and Winter Solstice, with new short stories, poems and music.

Writers send us their work which is chosen by a panel of festival organisers and then the writers, or actors, read the work live at the time it was writen for.

This year that time is NOON, the highest the sun gets, which in December, isn’t very far, depending on where you are, but it is the moment there is the most chance of light at a dark time of year.

Because Noon is only a moment,  we are keeping things very short, and the event will last an hour or less at each of 6 venues:

Scotland:

Aberdeen: Blackwells 99 High St, Aberdeen AB24 3EN

Edinburgh: (Provisional) Summerhall Arts Centre Cafe 1 Summerhall, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL

Wales:

Ynys Mon: Ucheldre Centre Restaurant, Millbank, Holyhead, Isle of Anglesey, LL65 1TE

England:

Carlisle: The Old Firestation, Peter Street, Carlisle, CA3 8QP

Greenwich: The Bakehouse Theatre. Age Exchange, 11 Blackheath Village, SE3 9LA

Ireland:

Cork: O’SHO Barrack Street, Cork, Eire

We are expecting people to want to eat as they listen, so as you can see, mostly we are in cafes!

The final stories and poems will be chosen this week, Music is still in the offing but we are getting there.

There will be a book, which will be published in March, on the equinox.

We've not attempted to get Arts Council funding this year, mainly because we've had too much else to do to spend the time, but also because the event is so small, we decided that each venue must be self supporting, so this crowd fund is mainly for London, to pay for the venue (£56) and 2 actors and 2 musicians (£50 a head), and marketing which can be used for all the venues to make sure as many people as possible are aware it's happening. (£200). Plus of course the cost of rewards and postage and Kickstarter's admin fees and so on...

This year may be low key, but we want to keep the festival going because NEXT year it falls on a weekend again and it will be a case of holding on to your hats as we go (we hope!) International with stories poems and music about emigration/immigration with Time and Tide.

Given the lunchtime element of this year's event we don't expect people will want to pay for a ticket on top of buying their lunch, so we are trying to keep the event free, which is why we need your help!

If we exceed our target, that money will go to  pay the performers properly (our ideal is £140 each), and after that a small thank you to the organisers who are all giving their time for free, and after that, should we be so lucky, towards the publication of the book!

Rewards, almost inevitably, tend to the literary, with books very much the thing, here are a few pictures to inspire you.

the three solstice anthologies
the three solstice anthologies
signed books...
signed books...
books available as rewards
books available as rewards

and even a hand made book of advice to writers, penned by multiple Arachne authors, and made by Jeremy Dixon of Hazard Press.

handmade advice to authors
handmade advice to authors

however we also have badges - these are just samples there are many more

And pictures from our book designers.

Ed Boxall lino print
Ed Boxall lino print

 and cake!

cake - to a flavour of your choice including gluten free option
cake - to a flavour of your choice including gluten free option

Risks and challenges

The is event is going to happen, but if we don't achieve the funding the costs will be carried by Arachne Press, which is essentially one person with a (possibly unhealthy) obsession with live literature. We would really like to break even, and not exploit our talented friends and supporters who so often work for free to help us find new voices in the short story and poetry world, and share them in celebration of the winter solstice.

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    our heartfelt thanks

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    CD Single

    last years' Dusk Collaborators Three Bucket Jones left us a handful of their single which you can watch them performing at the Greenwich event here: https://arachnepress.com/2017/12/25/dusk-video-greenwich-light-another-candle-for-you/

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    Tea and Books at Arachne's Den

    on 25th November, 3-6pm for those within reach of South East London, an 'at home' with Arachne, come round to ours for tea and cake, and the opportunity to browse books and buy as many as you can carry! The stupendously easy way to do your christmas/solstice shopping in comfort

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    Dusk (book)

    Last year's anthology of stories and poems about Dusk, of which Patrick Gale said: This is the perfect, atmospheric memento of one of the most imaginative, forward-thinking festivals in recent history: a nation’s length celebration of the dying of the light at the turning point of winter.

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    An Outbreak of Peace (book)

    Stories and Poems in response to the ending of WWI.

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    Five by Five (book)

    our 5th anniversary anthology, and first of our #womenvote100 titles, featuring stories bu Joan Taylor-Rowan, Katy Darby, Sarah James, Helen Morris and Cassandra Passarelli

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    We/She

    our 2nd #WomenVote100 title, short stories by and mainly about women, form our regular collaborator, Liars' League

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    Vindication

    last of our #WomenVote100 titles, poetry from Sarah James, Sarah Lawson, Elinor Brooks, Jill Sharp Adrienne Silcock and Anne Macaulay

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    Noon (the book of the festival)

    stories and poems featuring in this year's festival, due for publication in March 2019

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    Previous SolShorts titles

    Our previous Solstice Shorts Titles, (apart from Dusk, shown separately) £10 each
    Sosltice Shrts: 16 stories about Time, and Shortest Day, Longest Night. We'll ask you which you want.

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    Vocal Chords CD

    A CD of traditional folk carols from regular collaborators, Vocal Chords - carols to sing whilst quaffing mulled ale in the pub!

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    Signed YA books (1)

    signed copies of Ghillian Potts' YA trilogy 'The Naming of Brook Storyteller' Book 1: Brat, Book 2: Spellbinder, Book 3: Woftalker, £15 each, if you want all three, add the approriate amount more.

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    Copy of Alex Smith's Devilskein & Dearlove, with signed bookplate. NOT AVAILABLE IN SOUTH AFRICA, as the book is published by someone else there

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    hand made book of advice to writers

    Arachne Press authors got together to pen (literally) advice for writers, and Jeremy Dixon of Hazard Press has turned them into a hand made book. A delightful present for the writer about town

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    Tshirt

    black round neck Tshirt with the noon design on it - sizes S-XXL - sizes are a bit small so order up a size to be sure it will fit.

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    Signed Fantasy Novel

    signed copy of Cherry Potts' epic lesbian fantasy novel, 'The Dowry Blade' . UK only, its a heavy book to post!

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    Cake

    the 20cm diameter cake of your choice, (within the limits of the cooks capabilities!) can be gluten free. Cooked to order by Arachne's head cheg/editor/everythingelse Cherry Potts.
    LIMITED TO LONDON for personal delivery (This is a special request from a backer who got the cake last year)

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    Signed Book: Outcome

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    hand-made book/mini-iPad/kindle pouch

    It is a little known fact that one of the reasons that Arachne Press is called Arachne because editor in Chief and owner Cherry (that's me) is a spinner and weaver. Not about to challenge Athene to a weave-off however! So on the theme of textiles, I'm offering hand-stitched designed-to-your-preference (up to a point) book/mini-ipad/kindle pouch. (or some other item the same size!) This stuff is erroneously known as tapestry, it really isn't, I've done real woven tapestries, MUCH harder. This is tent stitch. My designs tend towards the geometric, but not necessarily symmetric, and will be limited to the colour palette shown in the update posted 17/11/2018 - turquoises and purples.

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    edit/critique of your fiction

    £50 will buy a detailed edit and critique of a piece of FICTION up to 3000 words, if you ave something longer, buy more rewards up to the length you want read.

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    VIP Invitation to the launch

    Come to the launch of the Noon anthology in London in March 2019 (around the 21st) copy of the book signed by as many authors as we can track down, drink, cake, entertainment! (Travel at your own cost, sorry)

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    a selection of prints by Kevin Threlfall

    We use Kevin for a lot of our covers and he kindly donated these prints produced commercially on canvas see images elsewhere, let us know which one you want

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    Personalised short story

    These were incredibly popular last year - David Mathews will write you a story to your theme, printed and bound (and electronic) in time for Christmas. He's a busy man so there is only ONE of these on offer this year. David has stories in all three of the Sostice shorts anthologies so far, and in Liberty Tales, and in forthcoming 'Departures'. We like his work, you probably will too.

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    original artwork by Ed Boxall

    Limited Edition Black & white lino print from The Old Woman from Friuli, image size approx 200x270mm on much larger sheet high quality paper

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    Your name in the thank yous in the book

    super supporters - when we publish the book you can have your name in the acknowledgements

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    Your name in the programme thank yous

    Particularly suitable for corporate supporters (Anyone?) your name in the thank yous for the programme which will be used in all 6 venues. equally relevant of course to individuals wanting to show their support publicly. We are limiting this reward as we don't want to have to add pages to the programme to contain the thanks - that would be a little self-defeating!

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