Dusk: Stories and Poems from Solstice Shorts Festival 2017 by Cherry PottsDusk: Stories and Poems from Solstice Shorts Festival 2017 by Cherry Potts

Dusk: Stories and Poems from Solstice Shorts Festival 2017

EditorCherry Potts

Paperback | June 21, 2018

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Stories and poems performed at Solstice Shorts 2017 Dusk: A Wave of Words across the UK.

On 21st December 2017, the shortest day of the year, eighteen stories and twenty-eight poems celebrating DUSK were read live on twelve sites, from pubs to arts centres and libraries, by way of woodlands and hillsides, at DUSK: the 2017 Solstice Shorts Festival A wave of words across the UK.

Starting in Ellon in Aberdeenshire at 17:07, the festival raced over the country at the speed of dark, with overlapping events taking place in Inverness, Carlisle, Holyhead, Lancaster, Rossendale, Nottingham, Birmingham, Greenwich, Kelston, and Warkleigh, ending in Redruth in Cornwall as full dark fell at 18:20.

“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.” - Patrick Gale

Dusk lends itself to the anxiety that darkness brings, and there is a fair smattering of edge-of-horror, chills-down-the-spine and keeping-the-lights-on, but there is also humour and the in-between-ness of the cusp of day, when anything is possible.

Stories:

David Hartley, ‘Daylight Savings’
David Mathews, ‘Flick’ring Shadows’
Rob Schofield, ‘Four Beaches’
Samuel Wright, ‘Here’
Rosalind Stopps, ‘One Two Three, One Two Three’
Penny Pepper, ‘Wolf’s Head’
Rob Walton, ‘Words On Paper’
Helen Slavin, ‘At Sky’s Edge’
Lucy Grace, ‘Breadcrumbs’
Jackie Taylor, ‘Cape Cornwall’
Sherry Morris, ‘Granda’s Plan’
Pippa Gladhill, ‘In-Between Dog’
Alex Reece Abbott, ‘MacFarquhar’s Bed’
Fiona Salter, ‘On The Evening Train’
Cath Bore, ‘The Dusk Runner’
Kirsty Fox, ‘They Said There Were Pirates’
Katerina Watson, ‘Threshold’
Math Jones, ‘Yes, Twilight’

Poems:

Mandy Macdonald, ‘Gloaming’
Katie Evans, ‘16:30’
Joy Howard, ‘Factory’
Jane Aldous, ‘After The Sun, Before The Stars’
Eileen Carney Hulme, ‘Blue Hour’
Alice Tarbuck, ‘Decoration Of A Fermented Season’
Gabrielle Choo, ‘Sundown Breath’
Kate Wise, ‘Tempus Erat’
Alannah Egan, ‘I Am Dusk’
Alison Lock, ‘Crow Haibun’
Aziz Dixon, ‘Calligraphy Of Starlings’
Ness Owen, ‘Female Blackbird Sings’
Jeremy Dixon, ‘Driving To Blackpool To Visit My Sister’
Lindsay Reid, ‘Summer Evening’
Sue Birchenough, ‘Roost’
Nigel Hutchinson, ‘Sometimes A Black Cloud’
Sue Johnson, ‘The Shortest Day’
John Bevan, ‘Afterglow’
John Richardson, ‘All This’
Kelly Davis, ‘Calling Them In’
Katy Lee, ‘Red Coat, Wolf, Etc’
Laila Sumpton, ‘Starling Time’
Michelle Penn, ‘End of Ramadan’
Bridie Toft, ‘Arrival’
Nicholas McGaughey, ‘Magic Hour’
Lisa Kelly, ‘Match Girl’
Martyn Crucefix, ‘Summers Ended In Sweetness’
Elizabeth Parker, ‘Dhusarah’
Carl Griffin, ‘Sea Wedding'

Cherry Potts is the author of two collections of short stories: Mosaic of Air (republished by Arachne Press in 2013, and Tales Told Before Cockcrow (currently out of print); a photographic diary of a community opera The Blackheath Onegin, and a fantasy novel, The Dowry Blade (Arachne Press 2016). Cherry has also had several stories in ...
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Title:Dusk: Stories and Poems from Solstice Shorts Festival 2017Format:PaperbackProduct dimensions:128 pages, 7.81 × 5.06 × 0.27 inShipping dimensions:7.81 × 5.06 × 0.27 inPublished:June 21, 2018Publisher:Arachne PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:190920854X

ISBN - 13:9781909208544

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Stories and poems performed at Solstice Shorts 2017 Dusk: A Wave of Words across the UK.On 21st December 2017, the shortest day of the year, eighteen stories and twenty-eight poems celebrating DUSK were read live on twelve sites, from pubs to arts centres and libraries, by way of woodlands and hillsides, at DUSK: the 2017 Solstice Shorts Festival A wave of words across the UK.Starting in Ellon in Aberdeenshire at 17:07, the festival raced over the country at the speed of dark, with overlapping events taking place in Inverness, Carlisle, Holyhead, Lancaster, Rossendale, Nottingham, Birmingham, Greenwich, Kelston, and Warkleigh, ending in Redruth in Cornwall as full dark fell at 18:20.“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.” - Patrick GaleDusk lends itself to the anxiety that darkness brings, and there is a fair smattering of edge-of-horror, chills-down-the-spine and keeping-the-lights-on, but there is also humour and the in-between-ness of the cusp of day, when anything is possible.Stories:David Hartley, ‘Daylight Savings’David Mathews, ‘Flick’ring Shadows’Rob Schofield, ‘Four Beaches’Samuel Wright, ‘Here’Rosalind Stopps, ‘One Two Three, One Two Three’Penny Pepper, ‘Wolf’s Head’Rob Walton, ‘Words On Paper’Helen Slavin, ‘At Sky’s Edge’Lucy Grace, ‘Breadcrumbs’Jackie Taylor, ‘Cape Cornwall’Sherry Morris, ‘Granda’s Plan’Pippa Gladhill, ‘In-Between Dog’Alex Reece Abbott, ‘MacFarquhar’s Bed’Fiona Salter, ‘On The Evening Train’Cath Bore, ‘The Dusk Runner’Kirsty Fox, ‘They Said There Were Pirates’Katerina Watson, ‘Threshold’Math Jones, ‘Yes, Twilight’Poems:Mandy Macdonald, ‘Gloaming’Katie Evans, ‘16:30’Joy Howard, ‘Factory’Jane Aldous, ‘After The Sun, Before The Stars’Eileen Carney Hulme, ‘Blue Hour’Alice Tarbuck, ‘Decoration Of A Fermented Season’Gabrielle Choo, ‘Sundown Breath’Kate Wise, ‘Tempus Erat’Alannah Egan, ‘I Am Dusk’Alison Lock, ‘Crow Haibun’Aziz Dixon, ‘Calligraphy Of Starlings’Ness Owen, ‘Female Blackbird Sings’Jeremy Dixon, ‘Driving To Blackpool To Visit My Sister’Lindsay Reid, ‘Summer Evening’Sue Birchenough, ‘Roost’Nigel Hutchinson, ‘Sometimes A Black Cloud’Sue Johnson, ‘The Shortest Day’John Bevan, ‘Afterglow’John Richardson, ‘All This’Kelly Davis, ‘Calling Them In’Katy Lee, ‘Red Coat, Wolf, Etc’Laila Sumpton, ‘Starling Time’Michelle Penn, ‘End of Ramadan’Bridie Toft, ‘Arrival’Nicholas McGaughey, ‘Magic Hour’Lisa Kelly, ‘Match Girl’Martyn Crucefix, ‘Summers Ended In Sweetness’Elizabeth Parker, ‘Dhusarah’Carl Griffin, ‘Sea Wedding'

Table of Contents

Stories and poems performed at Solstice Shorts 2017 Dusk: A Wave of Words across the UK.

CONTENTS:

Stories:

David Hartley, ‘Daylight Savings’
David Mathews, ‘Flick’ring Shadows’
Rob Schofield, ‘Four Beaches’
Samuel Wright, ‘Here’
Rosalind Stopps, ‘One Two Three, One Two Three’
Penny Pepper, ‘Wolf’s Head’
Rob Walton, ‘Words On Paper’
Helen Slavin, ‘At Sky’s Edge’
Lucy Grace, ‘Breadcrumbs’
Jackie Taylor, ‘Cape Cornwall’
Sherry Morris, ‘Granda’s Plan’
Pippa Gladhill, ‘In-Between Dog’
Alex Reece Abbott, ‘MacFarquhar’s Bed’
Fiona Salter, ‘On The Evening Train’
Cath Bore, ‘The Dusk Runner’
Kirsty Fox, ‘They Said There Were Pirates’
Katerina Watson, ‘Threshold’
Math Jones, ‘Yes, Twilight’

Poems:

Mandy Macdonald, ‘Gloaming’
Katie Evans, ‘16:30’
Joy Howard, ‘Factory’
Jane Aldous, ‘After The Sun, Before The Stars’
Eileen Carney Hulme, ‘Blue Hour’
Alice Tarbuck, ‘Decoration Of A Fermented Season’
Gabrielle Choo, ‘Sundown Breath’
Kate Wise, ‘Tempus Erat’
Alannah Egan, ‘I Am Dusk’
Alison Lock, ‘Crow Haibun’
Aziz Dixon, ‘Calligraphy Of Starlings’
Ness Owen, ‘Female Blackbird Sings’
Jeremy Dixon, ‘Driving To Blackpool To Visit My Sister’
Lindsay Reid, ‘Summer Evening’
Sue Birchenough, ‘Roost’
Nigel Hutchinson, ‘Sometimes A Black Cloud’
Sue Johnson, ‘The Shortest Day’
John Bevan, ‘Afterglow’
John Richardson, ‘All This’
Kelly Davis, ‘Calling Them In’
Katy Lee, ‘Red Coat, Wolf, Etc’
Laila Sumpton, ‘Starling Time’
Michelle Penn, ‘End of Ramadan’
Bridie Toft, ‘Arrival’
Nicholas McGaughey, ‘Magic Hour’
Lisa Kelly, ‘Match Girl’
Martyn Crucefix, ‘Summers Ended In Sweetness’
Elizabeth Parker, ‘Dhusarah’
Carl Griffin, ‘Sea Wedding’

Editorial Reviews

" Dusk, a collection of eighteen stories and twenty-eight poems is the wonderful culmination of the 2017 Solstice Shorts Festival, which involved a host of live readings across the UK, from Aberdeen to Cornwall . . . . the quality and the general vision of Dusk unifies the individual short stories, leaving a pleasurably haunting sense of its characters making their way in the world, doing their best to get by as the light begins to turn in that in-between time ‘when anything is possible’"- Rupert Dastur in www.theshortstory.co.uk (https://theshortstory.co.uk/the-short-story-review-dusk-edited-by-cherry-potts/) “Rating: 5 stars”“I fell completely and utterly in love the moment I read the title of this beautiful little treasure . . . there is a wealth of stories and poems dedicated to the dusk. This volume is comprised of the best creations of 2017 and it is a pure joy for every dusk and winter lover.  18 stories, 29 poems dedicated to winter and twilight. Every work is top-notch but there were some stories that were simply outstanding.”– (https://theopinionatedreaderblog.wordpress.com/2018/12/20/dusk-stories-and-poems-from-solstice-shorts-festival/)