Ashok Patel’s play ‘Ninety Days’ showcased at the Curve Theatre, Leicester.

Commissioned to reflect the lives of Ugandan Asians in Britain 50 years after they were expelled by Idi Amin, Ashok’s moving play is part of a trio recently performed to acclaim.

The Guardian said ‘Patel movingly and unflinchingly exposes political, economic and racial tensions between the black and Asian communities in Uganda’s capital.’ You can read the whole review here.

Chisenga Malama and Rav Moore in Ninety Days by Ashok Patel, which ‘movingly and unflinchingly exposes tensions’. Photograph: Kieran Vyas

Annie Murray, one time Tindal Street member, included in BBC Radio 3’s ‘Words and Music’ programme about Birmingham.

Kudos to Annie Murray, one time TSFG-er, who had an extract from her The Chocolate Girls novel included in BBC Radio 3’s ‘Words and Music’ programme about Birmingham this past Sunday, alongside Morrall, Lodge, Fisher, Coe, Zephaniah, Liz Berry, and other fine Brum-linked writers.

Hear it here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0019c18

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’.

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:

https://www.eibonvalepress.co.uk/chapbooks/Chap17_Estate.htm

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: https://historicalwriters.org/hwa-dds-short-story-competition/

Anthony Ferner’s ‘Inside The Bone Box’ reviewed

https://sabotagereviews.com/2021/07/28/inside-the-bone-box-by-anthony-ferner/

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: https://influxpress.com/shop/from-blue-to-black-paperback-pre-order