Further news for Kit de Waal: after getting runner-up spot in the Costa award (see Feb 3rd entry below), she achieved the same second spot in the Bath Short Story award 2014. That was in June, in July she was longlisted for The SI Leeds Literary Award. What’s going to happen next month?
Updated again July 16th: No, we didn’t have to wait a month, just a matter of days to hear that Mandy has been longlisted for another prize: The 2014 Bristol Short Story Prize.
At the prestigious World Fantasy awards held recently in Brighton, Joel Lane won the best collection award for his superb book of connected stories ‘Where Furnaces Burn’, set in Birmingham and the Black Country. Congratulations, Joel!
The West Midlands Readers’ Network recently commissioned six writers to create short stories in collaboration with readers’ groups. Writers met with groups of readers around the region who offered various narrative ingredients. The writers then went away and added some creative magic to conjure new stories.
Join Tindal Street Fiction Group members – Gaynor Arnold, Garrie Fletcher and Amanda Smyth as they come together with three more writers from the West Midlands – Ian MacLeod, AL Pietroni, Rochi Rampal to showcase their stories in the new Library of Birmingham. Full event details can be found here.
Date: Dec 2nd Time: 7 – 8.30pm Venue: Studio Theatre, Library of Birmingham.
Catch a short package about Alan Mahar and the Tindal Street Fiction group on Midlands Today. The piece is on iPlayer until October 15th 2013 (so you’ll have to be quick) and the package begins at 15 mins. Here’s the link…
The launch of the new Tindal Street Fiction Group anthology – The Sea in Birmingham – draws near. The event is being held at the new Library of Birmingham and hosted by Birmingham Literature Festival and supported by Writing West Midlands. 160 people have already booked for the event but there are some spaces left and the Tindal Street Fiction Group writers would love to see you there.
There will be an opening speech from eminent playwright David Edgar, followed by an introduction from the editors, Gaynor Arnold and Julia Bell, as well as readings from some of the authors and a Q&A.
The first copies of the Tindal Street Fiction Group anthology – The Sea in Birmingham – arrived at Julia Bell’s offices at Birkbeck in London today. I’m sure you’ll agree it’s a thing of beauty. You can pre-order your copy on Amazon or wait for the Kindle version, both out in October 2013.