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A festival of live new stories poems and song on the shortest day of the year the winter solstice - on the theme of Time and Tide
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    2.5cm badge/button. This year's Time and Tide design, or an earlier one. see the gallery for options.

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    Pay it forward ticket

    Entry to the festival is by a suggested donation of £3. Not everyone will be able to afford that, so you can buy a ticket to the festival for someone who wouldn't otherwise be able to attend.

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    Come to the festival! Saturday 21st December 2019 in one of 6 towns.
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    Quirky shell sandals

    to match our shell headdress, if they happen to fit! Leather wedge espadrilles size 38.5 (5 1/2) encrusted with real sea shells. (The sandals have been worn hence the low price) Strictly for fancy-dress - as fragile as Cinderella's glass slippers. Made by Joan Taylor-Rowan. see the gallery.

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    ebook of Time and Tide

    an ebook - kindle/mobi or ePub of the forthcoming Time and Tide anthology. (this will be the public version, not the special edition)

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    Come to the festival! And pay for a stranger to come too, who wouldnt otherwise be able to afford it.
    Saturday 21st December 2019 in one of 6 towns.
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    Noon Anthology

    Our most recent Solstice Shorts anthology, contains the stories and poems from last year's festival

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    Quirky shell headdress

    Strictly for dressing up -or a fancy dress party outfit. Unique one-off shell encrusted cardboard tiara - release your inner mermaid queen! Designed and made by Joan Taylor-Rowan, author, textile artist and Project co-ordinator for Hastings. 15cm high at the front. Elasticated at the back so it would fit a head approx 49-60cm round.

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    Sixteen Stories about Time

    The very first Solstice Shorts Anthology, includes stories by the jusdges, Rob Shearman, Anita Sethi, Imogen Robertson and Alison Moore plus the 12 winners of our competition.

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    Dusk anthology

    2017 Solstice Shorts Anthology dark stories and poems from our first festival to reach right across the UK, from Aberdeenshire to Cornwall

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    Shortest Day Longest Night

    Our second Solstice Shorts Anthology, Poems and Stories from 2015 and 2016. Long stories for longest Night and flash for shortest day.

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    Special edition Time & Tide Anthology

    Pre-publication special edition of the Time & Tide Anthology: 20 short stories and 46 poems with bonuses not included in the official version

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    limited edition photo by Julie Laing

    Maritime photographs from Julie Laing, Poet, film maker and Project organiser for the Clydebank end of the project. See Gallery: 'Slipway - Low Tide' Slipway Low Tide II B&W, Slipway Low Tide II Colour, Slipway Out of Water (3 options)

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    Time & Tide T shirt

    Black Unisex T-shirt with Time and Tide design in White. 100% cotton.

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    Sea Shanty workshop

    Spend the afternoon learning approx 5 Sea Shanties in 3 or 4 part harmony in celebration of this year's Solstice Shorts Festival, Time and Tide.

    The workshop will be run by a small group of London Sea Shanty Collective members, led by Chip Wilson.

    SATURDAY 23rd November 2019 12:45- 17:15

    ST HILDA’S CHURCH HALL, COURTRAI ROAD SE23 1NL

    Bus routes 122, P4, 171, 172 stop on the corner. Train to Crofton Park or Honor Oak Park 10 minute walk.

    Street parking immediately outside. Wheelchair accessible venue - WC is a bit tight on space so might not suit someone using a large chair.

    INCLUDES REFRESHMENTS all dietary issues catered for.

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    critique of your fiction

    Get up to 2000 words of your fiction critiqued by Cherry Potts: author, editor, creative writing tutor and founder of Solstice Shorts Festival. (by email only)

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    one off prints

    one off prints from regular Arachne cover designer, Kevin Threlfall. 40x50cm 3 options, see the gallery.

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    Home baked cake to your taste

    Arachne Press's launch party cakes are famous. Baked by Chief Editor Cherry Potts. You MUST be within easy reach of South London for hand delivery. Gluten free chocolate cake a speciality. Vegan more difficult but possible. Cake 7 inch round or equivalent.

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    Limited Edition handmade book

    Handmade especially for us, by poet and artbook maker, Jeremy Dixon of Hazard Press, 'Allow Your Pen To Lead the Way' contains advice to the writer from authors and poets published by Arachne Press. We originally had 20 of these, now only 3 left.

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    Hand-stitched 'mermaid' book/iPad cover

    Unique Hand stitched 'Mermaid' design book/iPad cover.
    Tapestry stitch mermaid designed and made by author and project co-ordinator Cherry Potts. 19x25mm. Lined and backed in heavy velvet style cloth.

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    unique textile artwork

    Another beauty from Joan Taylor-Rowan a maritime themed texile picture incorporating the shipping forecast regions. framed, 23cm square.

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