Kit de Waal’s ‘My Name is Leon’ reaches our TV screens this week!

Kit’s best selling novel ‘My Name is Leon’ has been adapted for television and will be screened this Friday (10th June 2022) on BBC 2 at 9:00pm. It was taken up by Lenny Henry’s production company.

‘Sir Lenny, who previously voiced the audiobook of My Name is Leon, added: “Kit’s writing is so vivid and pictorial, when I was doing the audiobook I could see the characters in my head.

‘ “I rang my office and said ‘we’ve got to do something with this’ and six years later, here we are.” ‘

Kit is extremely pleased with the adaptation and said at the launch: “Every author who has their work adapted, you hope it is faithful, you hope it turns out how you imagined it and it absolutely has been a dream team. ”  Find out more here. Watch a trailer here.

Kit and Sir Lenny Henry at the launch of ‘My Name is Leon’.

Amanda Smyth’s book ‘Fortune’ shortlisted for the Walter Scott prize.

Congratulations to Amanda for this wonderful achievement – well deserved.

Strong opposition, including Colm Toibin (see picture below) but fingers crossed she turns out to be the winner (watch this space). Here’s more information on this year’s list.

Charles Wilkinson’s new chapbook published.

Two weird stories by Charlie appear in his chapbook ‘The January Estate’ published by Eibonvale Press.

56 pages
Published January 2022

‘Charles Wilkinson writes with a very classical and subtle touch – the quiet historical writing, the haunting weird tale, shot through with hints of deep strangeness and wildness, elegance and refinement.  This is the type of writing that slowly seeps its way into your mind, and that pulls you in slowly until you find yourself deep in the strangeness of it all. Subtle and immersive.  The January Estate presents a pair of stories that showcase the author’s unique style.’

More information from:

Ryan Davis’ new film out

Ex TSFG member Ryan Davis has written and produced the film ‘Fixed’, now out.

Ryan says: We are showing Fixed and doing a Q and A at the amazing Mockingbird Cinema on 14th November at 8pm. Tickets are available here: boxoffice@mockingbirdcinema.comAlso… From 22nd November, you will also be able to watch the film on Amazon, iTunes, Xbox, Google and The Sky Store.

Liz Kershaw shortlisted for Historical Writers’ Association Award.

Liz has been shortlisted for the Historical Writers’ Dorothy Dunnett Short Story Award and will be included in a forthcoming anthology (details later). Her story ‘Guard of Honour’ was praised as: ‘Perfect writing and sharply observed characterisations as one man makes a choice.’

More details here:

Anthony Ferner’s ‘Inside The Bone Box’ reviewed

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.’

Two Joel Lane novels re-issued.

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:

Amanda Smyth’s new novel is out!

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.