Cherry Potts is the author of two published collections of short stories, Mosaic of Air (Arachne Press 2013) and Tales Told Before Cockcrow, (Onlywomen Press 2008, out of print), and a Photographic Diary of a Community Opera, The Blackheath Onegin, plus numerous short stories in magazines and anthologies, some of which can be found on this site. She has completed one fantasy novel and is currently working on three more novels in various genres: science fiction, young adult and historical. Work has been read at Towersey Festival, Literary Kitchen Festival, Brixton Book Slam, and Liars' League in London, Leicester, Leeds and Hong Kong. Cherry started publishing (award winning) anthologies of short stories in August 2012 as Arachne Press Limited and has produced five so far, together with a poetry anthology and a Young Adult novel by Alex Smith, which was nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2015. Cherry runs the bi-monthly live literature event The Story Sessions in South London, and is responsible for the Solstice Shorts Festival and its associated short story competition. She sings in choirs (opera and folk mainly) for fun, and lives in South London with her life partner and two spoilt cats. Cherry's website: http://cherrypotts.co.uk Arachne Press: http://arachnepress.com
Cherry Potts in 60 seconds
When did you start writing?1966 Eltham, S E London when I was 8.
What do you love about Short Stories?A really great short story is like a jewel: vivid, perfect, and priceless, but with the added bonus that the reader can make of it what they will.
Do you write in other forms?Novel, very bad poetry!
What distracts you from writing?Reading and typesetting for Arachne Press to say nothing of the admin and accounts!
Outside of writing, what are your other passions?Publishing, live literature, singing - choirs, opera and folk.
What is your favourite book?Too many to mention, I'd need one for every genre or every month of my life!
Who are your favourite writers?Children's & Young Adult: Rosemary Sutcliff and William Mayne, Fantasy/Sci Fi: Neil Gaiman, C J Cherryh, Elizabeth A Lynn and Short Stories: Mary Akers
Where is your dream location?Pembrokeshire. A very specific valley, about which I intend to reveal nothing.
What one item would you put into Room 101?bigots!
Do you have any advice for new writers?Edit by reading aloud, preferably to an audience
Work by Cherry Potts:
We Apologise for the Delay
Aliens on the Underground... London Transport would like to apologise for the delay on the Central line this morning. This is due to the discovery of a nest of… um… The message clicked uncertainly into hissing. The listening intensity of the passengers increased as they waited, but the driver did not continue. Ade closed his eyes, waiting for the inevitable explanation. A couple of lanky adolescents in school blazers eyed each other and started giggling. ‘Nazis?’ said the redhead ‘Vipers?’ responded the blond, although they both knew what had been found. The train idled a few more feet into the tunnel.
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