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:
Aberdeen: Blackwells 99 High St, Aberdeen AB24 3EN
Edinburgh: (Provisional) Summerhall Arts Centre Cafe 1 Summerhall, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL
Ynys Mon: Ucheldre Centre Restaurant, Millbank, Holyhead, Isle of Anglesey, LL65 1TE
Carlisle: The Old Firestation, Peter Street, Carlisle, CA3 8QP
Greenwich: The Bakehouse Theatre. Age Exchange, 11 Blackheath Village, SE3 9LA
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.
and even a hand made book of advice to writers, penned by multiple Arachne authors, and made by Jeremy Dixon of Hazard Press.
however we also have badges - these are just samples there are many more
And pictures from our book designers.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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