Rebecca Johnson on ‘how I became a novelist.’

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.

Catherine Okoronkwo has new book out.

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.

Three TSFG members appear in Lockdown Tales

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.

Julia Bell’s new book ‘Radical Attention’ out.

Ex TSFG member Julia has written an essay examining how the online world battles for our attention and why:

New short book for Peninsula Press coming October 2020 . . .

An essay on the battle for our attention in the age of distraction.

‘Attention pays. In today‘s online economy it has become a commodity to be bought and sold… In exchange for our attention, information and entertainment is ever at our fingertips. But at what cost? In this essay, at once personal and polemical, meditative and militant, Julia Bell asks what has been lost in this trade off. How can we reclaim our attention? In a world of infinite distraction, how can attention become radical?’

Read more here: https://peninsulapress.co.uk/product/radical-attention

Joel Lane books are re-published.

Two of Joel Lane‘s books are re-published in great new editions from Influx Press.

https://www.influxpress.com/the-earth-wire

‘Stories as urgent and uncomfortable and ultimately transcendent as they were when they were written.’


– Nina Allan, author of The Dollmaker

‘A poet of misfits, outsiders and the forsaken, his empathy for their suffering ever poignant.’


– Adam Nevill, author of The Ritual