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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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    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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    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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    Signed YA book (2)

    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

    our LGBT portrait collection, signed by many of the subjects, and the photographer Tom Dingley. UK only, it weighs well over 500g

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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

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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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    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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