Frustrated by working under lockdown and worried that the 2020 festival might not happen, Arachne Press decided to continue as though everything would be alright, and asked writers to something that responded or reacted to or was inspired by a sixteenth century poem that editor Cherry Potts has always found comforting in a crisis: Robert Southwell's Tymes Goe by Turnes; or that responded or reacted to or was inspired by some concept in it.
The poem observes the ebb and flow of fortune, nothing stays bad for ever, nor anything good - so get on with it while you can. And they have. Oh, they have. This isn't exactly a response to Covid-19, but there's an echo there - in Katie Margaret Hall's epic train journey, New Orleans To Vancouver, and Jackie Taylor's Rewilding; but there is also concern for the environment, and relationships and lives in need of nourishment they are finding hard to find. As with Southwell's poem there is a fine balance between dread and hope. stories and poems from: Brooke Stanicki C.L. Hearnden Claire Booker Elinor Brooks Jackie Taylor Jane Aldous Jane McLaughlin Julian Bishop Karen Ankers Katie Hall Keely O'Shaughnessy Kelly Davis Laila Sumpton Linda McMullen Lynn White Margaret Crompton Neil Lawrence Patience Mackarness Pippa Gladhill S. B. Merrow Sean Carney