We had a great time yesterday at The Christmas Library Bazaar at Exeter Library organised by Libraries Unlimited and Markets In Exeter. It was brilliant to trade at this state-of-the-art book-loving place, the perfect environment for my books!
Thank you to everyone who browsed and bought books!
Thank you to Matt ArtPix for his invaluable help and support on a rare non-trading weekend for him (although we had some prints of his art on display as a little extra!).
Sadly no new events for Arcane until Spring 2023 but we hope to be able to start work on the new Arcane online bookshop early in 2023 and have something up and running in the spring. Miss Gish will also carry on working on the first draft of her third novel The Right Place, due to be published in 2024.
For up-to-date news, follow our instagram page @arcanepub as we are not very active on here anymore!
Follow Matt ArtPix for news about the brilliant events he attends with his wonderful and colourful stock of vintage, antique, upcycled and handmade items, his collage art and more! Some of our books sometimes make it to his stall...
(I had some pictures of the library itself but Weebly refuses to upload the correct ones...)
We are thrilled to announce that Arcane Publishing will have a stall at Exeter Library 's Christmas Library Bazaar on Saturday 3rd December, 10am to 4pm.
We will have a carefully hand-picked stock of beautiful pre-loved books: Cinema, music, fashion and art! Also, a small stock of lovely vintage books!
We will be posting about our stock throughout the next few weeks until the event itself on our INSTAGRAM PAGE.
Of course, we will also have copies of Miss Gish's two novels, published on the Arcane Publishing imprint, I Am a Muse and The Book of Thoth. You will be able to buy the books individually or as a discounted bundle!
See you there!
Today, I am selecting my stock for a special event in December whilst listening to Chaper Zero, the latest album by one of my favourite artists Jordan Reyne (I interviewed many years ago about her first novel - you can read the interview HERE (you'll need to scroll down to get to the interview with Jordan).
I will post more about the event once once I've had confirmation! Really excited about this one so fingers crossed...
I'm selecting really cool books for this event - art, design, fashion, cinema, music...
And of course I will have copies of my two published novels I am a Muse and The Book of Thoth.
Watch this space!
I've started to prepare my stock for an event I'll be doing in December... Watch this space, I'll announce it later this month! I will of course promote it and my stock on here and on my websites as soon as it's 100% confirmed.
I'll be taking this very special stash of 1960s Royal Shakespeare Theatre programmes!
They are special because their design is super cool (Swinging Sixties and all that!) and some of the plays feature some iconic personalities (Ian Richardson, Diana Rigg...) but in addition of the programmes themselves, some of them have hidden treasures inside: extra actors profiles, press cuttings and tickets for the performances. And...
I found two handwritten notes with notes that could be used for a review of the play, all dated and signed J.C. Trewin.
It therefore looks like these programmes belonged to the respected critic and writer John Courtenay Trewin OBE (1908-1990), who wrote for The Morning Post, The Observer, Punch, The Illustrated London News, Sketch and many more...
An absolutely amazing find...
Coming to a stall near you (and to my online shop in 2023!).
This lovely book was picked up during my recent trip to France. I saw it and couldn't leave it behind!
Robert Desnos (4 July 1900 – 8 June 1945) is a famous writer in France, and his poems are often used in schools, especially primary schools. But he was much, much more than that and had a fascinating career cut short by an early, tragic end.
He was associated with the Dada and Surrealist movements (he was considered a surrealist writer) and was a literary, jazz and cinema critic, playwright, scriptwriter (including for Man Ray's 1928 film L'Etoile de Mer), magazine editor, essay writer and more... He knew all the painters, artists and writers who mattered in Paris and beyond.
During WWII, he was a member of the French Resistance and was arrested in 1944. He died in the Theresienstadt concentration camp in 1945.
This is a poetry collection with a long history. The first manuscript, named Chantefables à chanter sur n'importe quel air, was presented as a manuscript by the author to his publisher, Grund, in 1944, the very same year he was arrested by the Gestapo.
In 1952, Grund published Chantefleurs and Chantefables separately followed in 1955 by the "definitive" edition of Chanteflables et Chantefleurs with around twenty "found" "chantefleurs" texts.
This edition, illustrated by Czech artist Ludmila Jiřincová (1912-1994), was first published in 1970 - this is the second edition, published in 1972.
It will be available to buy in 2023 in our new Etsy online bookshop! Watch this space!
The Arcane Team has just come back from a ten-day break in France... We have a lot of plans for the end of this year and next year, and we hope to be able to be a little bit more active online than we've been recently!
We still want to publish The Right Place in early 2024 and start work on our fourth publication Hell Lane: A Barton Stacey Mystery immediately afterwards.
The picture is of a stash of very old French religious books which were found abandoned in a house briefly rented by some relatives. These are the oldest books in the Arcane Books stock so far and several date from BEFORE the French Revolution!
I will do a more detailed blog about them at some point when I have done some research, and they will eventually be on sale on the Arcane Books new website which we hope to launch next year!
More news soon!
We're very busy working on non-Arcane Publishing projects...
We haven't been on here or on our instagram (@arcanepub) very much and sadly, the progress of our third publication has been paused.
We'll be back online for about a week at the end of October and then sporadically until the end of the year...
We're not idle, far from it! But priorities have to be shifted in these uncompromising times...
Watch this space!
On Saturday 13th August, we were back at the @langportvintage market! It was really, really hot, but as always, @mattartpix and I had a great day with our lovely fellow traders and a lot of interest!
We are planning our markets for this autumn/winter season and hopefully will have a couple of dates for you in the next few weeks or so, watch this space!
And we have started thinking about the planning of our online bookshop which we hope to open in 2023!
The Phone Box Library at Portesham has two new books for reading lovers to read!
This morning, I deposited a copy of each of my novels, I Am a Muse and The Book of Thoth on its shelves whilst on my way to Bridport. The copy of The Book of Thoth is one of the nine books which suffered some water damage back in May 2020 - there are slight brown-orange marks on the corner of a few pages but that's it, so the book is in good condition although obviously not good enough for me to sell it at full price! I added a copy of I Am a Muse because... Well, why not? I hope to find another eight places where to leave a copy of TBOT. Watch this space!
The phone box itself has an interesting history. This is from the Portesham Village website: "This is a K6 kiosk designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott (designer of Battersea Power Station and Bankside Power Station, now the Tate Modern) , probably put in place sometime after 1949 when the Royal Fine Arts Commission were allowing rural examples to be painted in different colours. Kiosks have emerged painted in colours such as this green and a battleship grey.
From1926 the kiosk's fascias were emblazoned with a prominent crown, representing the British government (of which the Post Office was then an agency). Our box sports the Tudor Crown which was in use from 1936 until 1953 at which time Queen Elizabeth II decided to change it to the St Edwards Crown being the actual crown used by British Monarchs."
We had a lovely day yesterday at Langport Vintage Market with Matt ArtPix! The roomy gazebos provided for the market are brilliant and suit our brand colours (white/red/black). They also protected us from the blistering sun so we were perfectly comfortable the whole day! Sadly, this will probably be the last market for Arcane for quite a while (still waiting to hear about a special event in September) but Matt ArtPix has quite a few lined up for the summer so will share on here! I will also be exploring the options to develop the Arcane online bookshop over the next few weeks/months.
Watch this space!
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