from the review: ‘The portrait that Anthony Ferner paints in this Fairlight Moderns novella, of Nicholas Anderton, a successful neurosurgeon, is like a painting in which a skilful artist has used colours you had never before realised existed in skin tones to convey a man’s complexity and depth. Ferner has clearly researched his subject thoroughly, and to convincing effect. He spares the reader none of the visceral details of brain surgery: as in other arenas of life that simultaneously repel and attract, we may feel squeamish about the contortions of the hidden and essential soft tissue inside our skulls and yet find ourselves horribly fascinated. No wonder. This is, after all, the location of all we are as sentient beings, and the precise and detailed descriptions of Anderton’s work are in large measure what make Inside the Bone Box a compelling read.’
Influx Press are re-issuing two of the late Joel Lane’s novels:
We’re delighted to be publishing two more Joel Lane reissues! First is Lane’s brilliant debut novel, FROM BLUE TO BLACK – a journey through our musical and political past that cuts to the bone. With a new introduction by @Kerry2001. Pre-Order here: https://influxpress.com/shop/from-blue-to-black-paperback-pre-order
Amanda’s third book ‘Fortune’, published by Peepal Tree Press is launched online on July 21st 2021. You can book tickets here.
The book has already gained some excellent reviews. The Guardian called it ‘magnificently absorbing’ and compared her to Jean Rhys. Review here. Perspective Magazine announced it was ‘pitch perfect’ , one of their recommended reads. Review here. Newsday called it ‘brilliant’. Review here.
You can read Rebecca’s tale, her third to be published by Fairlight Books, here: Breakdown by Rebecca Audrey Johnson | Fairlight Books
Charlie’s third book from Egaeus Press promises to be another scintillating read from this master of the weird and unsettling. As the Press put it:
‘Anybody fortunate enough to have read either of Egaeus Press’s previous Charles Wilkinson collections (A Twist in The Eye & Splendid in Ash) will already be familiar with the unique worlds his tales inhabit. On the face of it, these are often recognisable realities populated by ordinary people; conspicuously so perhaps! Yet they are realities whose gossamer veneers are liable to tear, prone to reveal the insidious agencies, mad philosophers, fake-philanthropic organisations and amorphous forces that are really running things!
‘With Mills of Silence, Charles Wilkinson presents a collection of eleven short stories as well as a previously unpublished novella, constituting his most expansive and essential work to date.’
Read more here.
Rebecca joined TSFG in 2017 and although she has since moved to Spain, she remains a remote member (via Zoom). In her blog she writes about her struggle with illness and her first steps with novel writing.
‘As well as a source of invaluable creative feedback and publishing advice from fellow writers, Tindal Street helped me take my first shaky steps out into the world again, and returned a sense of belonging and purpose to my reclusive days laid up at home feeling ostracised from society. It allowed me to think of myself as a novelist, instead of as a sick person. I started taking care of my appearance again, and even made it out to the pub on one occasion! The group was an important part of my rehabilitation process and I owe it so very much.’
Read it in full here.
Ex TSFG member Garrie’s story ‘Every Little Bit Hurts’ appears in the latest issue of Prole (cover above). Garrie says ‘it is a bitter sweet tale of one man’s inflammatory response to his wife’s untimely death’.
TSFG member Cathy’s new book contains both poetry and prose, and has won critical praise: “An unflinching look at life rooted in a West African childhood and embracing urban England… poetry and prose lightly peppered with Igbo words and phrases. These vignettes, facts and dreams, with a rich cast of characters, confront us with a spectrum of human experience in vivid, succinct language.” — Chris Fewings, poet and literary organiser
You can see Cathy read in one of the videos on the Waterloo Press’s site here.
Beard’s story ‘The Room Peels’ is one of 19 ‘tales of modern unease’ in which authors, including Mark Haddon and Margaret Drabble, were asked to respond to two parallel theories of the abject – Julia Kristeva’s theory of the psychoanalytic, intimate abject and George Bataille’s societal equivalent. Read more here.
TSFG members Mick Scully, Natalie White and Marg Roberts appear in Lockdown Tales. This project ‘aims to gather stories about living in times of national emergency. We are collating anecdotes of past and present, when people’s personal freedoms were suddenly restricted. Examples of these situations could be wars, the AIDS crisis, or fleeing to another country as a refugee. You are free to write in any short literary art form, including memoir, fiction, poetry or drama on any subject triggered by our title.’.
Lockdown Tales is one of many initiatives run by the innovative HEARTH Centre, an organisation which ‘uses the arts to animate key issues in mental health, social care and the humanities, and promote well being – which we do through theatre productions and literary events and courses.’ More information here.
HEARTH’s artistic director Polly Wright, is a theatre director, performer, facilitator, writer, lecturer, and researcher who co-founded Women and Theatre in Birmingham. She is also a longstanding member of TSFG.