Night Swimming – Garrie Fletcher’s book is out!


‘A collection of dark, urban tales: the pros and cons of stealing a pensioner, a mothers prison visit, incipient love and roller skating, the guilt of a brothers death, and a past love burnt out by rioting. Stories that deal with loss, longing and hope.

Garrie Fletcher writes about the gaps between lives, the pauses between stations and the static hiss of the city. The moments he captures are fleeting and easily missed, but resonate like a steel string plucked above a pickup, distorted and electric.’

Launch in Leicester March 11th   Order it here.

Marg Roberts’ novel launched

Marg Roberts’ novel ‘A Time for Peace’ comes out in October from  Cinnamon Press.

She says:

There are 2 events in connection with the publication of my novel. One is a talk at the Lord Leycester Hospital in Warwick as part of the Warwick Words History Festival. It’s on Wednesday, 5th October between 4-5 (3.30 for a cup of tea!). Tickets are £6.00 and can be bought from the festival website: or the Box Office: 01926 33 44 18.

The launch is on Tuesday, 18th October at 6.30pm at Waterstones, Leamington. Cinnamon Press is the publisher. 

The novel is set in Serbia during the first 2 years of the 1st World War and the talk with consist of readings and some historical background to the novel.  

I will give a shorter reading at the launch.



More information on the book, plus a blog, some poetry and short stories:

New book from Charles Wilkinson

twist2A TWIST IN THE EYE by Charles Wilkinson is now available to pre-order from the Egaeus Press website.   In the words of Mark Samuels who provides the introduction:

A Twist in the Eye is the most exciting collection of weird fiction (or strange fiction, if you will) that I have read for many years. Moreover, I am confident that after the reader has gone through the tales he or she will be as amazed as I am that Charles Wilkinson is not far better known and appreciated in the field…”

Throughout the sixteen stories collected in this remarkable book Charles Wilkinson explores themes of place, ritual, identity, death and transmutation with a rare, if not utterly unique, confidence. They are enigmatic but never vague, dreamlike but never illogical, horrifying but only occasionally visceral. Few writers can write ‘weird’ with so convincing a voice.

The book is a lithographically printed, 256 page sewn hardback with printed endpapers (by a follower of Bosch), limited to 260 copies. ISBN 978-0-993527821.

It can be pre-ordered now for £32.00 inclusive of postage.     twist1alt                                                                     charles

Summer round up

Stories accepted: Alan Beard has a story ‘November’ forthcoming in Spelk – in November. Sooner than that, Charles Wilkinson has a story coming out in the next issue of Black Static: black static

Other news: Good night at Waterstones, Birmingham for four TSFG writers, who discussed and read from their work with a lively audience:

Waterstones July 16

l-r: Mick Scully, Alan Beard, Anthony Ferner and Gaynor Arnold.

Another reading was held recently as part of ‘City Voices’ in Coalbrookdale, Shropshire. Natalie White read her story from ‘The Sea in Birmingham’. She said  it went well and people loved the story and the book.

Advance notices – Garrie Fletcher has a book of stories coming out from Mantle Lane Press. here’s a link to his blog post about it:

More information nearer the date of launch.

Marg Roberts has a novel ‘A Time for Peace’ coming out in October from  Cinnamon Press. More info including launch details will be released nearer the time. Here’s the cover:


Her website has more information on the book, plus a blog, some poetry and short stories:


Two TSFG authors featured on Brum Radio

Sibyl Ruth will be reading poems  @ 11am on Sunday 29th May . She says:

I’m reading three of my own poems and two poems which I have translated.  Here’s a few lines from my version of Nikolai Gumilev’s  (Russian) poem Giraffe.

Let me tell you about grasses, the myriad

palm trees, about the lush scent of greenery.

Don’t cry. Listen… Far away, by Lake Chad

there’s a beautiful giraffe roaming free.


Alan Beard’s story ‘Cheer Up Lucky Lips Forever’ will be broadcast on Tuesday 31st May 10:30 p.m., and repeated the following Sunday 5th June at noon.

The story opens:

When I was young the sky was mine. I was always getting close to it – up trees, on roofs, the iron bridge. I loved hilltops, exhausted from the climb lying looking up into the blue. I’d been on a plane once, to Spain – and back – saw cirrus drift above tiny mountains running on for miles. I was sure I could fly; just jump in a certain way and off I’d float, skim houses and see faces I knew looking up at me.