Arachne Press has taken a leap into the world of audiobooks, with nine books due for publication this year set to be simultaneously released in audio format.
The London micro-publisher, which focuses on short stories, poetry anthologies and collections, and fantasy novels, is partnering with Listening Books to release the audio editions.
The press is currently auditioning actors, but has confirmed one of the titles, Zed and the Cormorants by Clare Owen, will be narrated by Sophie Aldred.
Arachne Press director Cherry Potts said: “Thanks to a grant from Arts Council England, we are able to take a broad spread of books into the audio market – short stories, poetry, a dystopian novel and a YA novel, plus three anthologies.
“We are pleased to be partnering with Listening Books for the mastering and remote production, while our actors work from a variety of home studios, from the professional to the airing cupboard! Lockdown has meant we needed to make the most of every route to the reader, and audiobooks fit well with our commitment to accessibility, and working with Listening Books means we are also supporting a charity with similar aims. An added bonus with this venture is that we can support actors prevented from working on stage.”
Claire Bell, deputy membership and PR manager at Listening Books, added “I’m delighted we are working with Arachne to produce these titles. Having launched our new website this year, we know how important accessibility is and are very happy to be working with Arachne to provide their titles in the audio format. Having provided an audiobook service to children and adults since 1959, this partnership will not only support the charity through Listening Books Productions, but will make a whole new range of titles available for the print impaired.”