Arachne Press is a micro publisher of (award-winning!) short story and poetry anthologies and collections, fantasy novels for adults and young adults.
Our publications include a Carnegie Award nominated young adult novel, a photographic portrait book, and an illustrated children's story book. We are expanding our range all the time, but the short form is our first love.
Who's who on your team?
Julian, (cat) is official sub editor!
What do you enjoy the most about publishing?
I get geeky pleasure from typesetting, and I love commissioning covers, but reading submissions – when I find something terrific, and the editing processs – by which it is possible to get to know the author surprisingly well, are definitely high points.
Which events do you get involved with?
We keep fiction (poetry, non-fiction) live, through readings, (see below for info about our annual literature and music festival, Solstice Shorts,) workshops and all things to do with writing. We also video a lot of our events to make them more wildely available, and some of them are BSL interpreted. We try to be imaginative in our events and marketing, and produce animated trailers and idents, and have hosted an art exhibition for our cover artists - we often have live music at our events too. In December we run the Solstice Shorts Festival, short stories poems and music on the shortest day of the year, on the Greenwich Meridian, with generous support from the Arts Council and a lot of friends. (2017 Was UK wide)
What’s your nearest bookshop?
Moon Lane books are round the corner but we don’t have a bookshop for grownups close: Review books, Rye books, Kirkdale books, The Word Bookshop, and The Blackheath Bookshop are roughly equidistant in each direction.
If you could meet one author or poet, dead or alive, who would you choose and why?
Only one? That’s tough. It would have to be Ursula le Guin – I started reading her books as a ten-year-old and have never stopped. She writes so intelligently and intelligibly, both novels and short stories and non-fiction essays about writing and other things. She died so recently and I never got close to meeting her – and I would have loved to.
100 Grierson Road
Tel: 0208 699 0206