Sibyl’s piece ‘Restored’ is part of a collection called ‘Who Are We Now? A collection of true stories about Brexit: How the 2016 referendum damaged our families, friendships and sense of security and belonging.’ Link here.
From the introduction:
Brexit has had an astonishing impact on the everyday lives of Britons and this book of essays and memoir investigates the fallout for 15 writers’ personal relationships. The collection reveals the human stories of how the aftermath of the 2016 referendum has impacted on ordinary people’s personal relationships, friendships and sense of belonging. With moving honesty and grace, the writer’s reveal their disbelief, heartbreak and resilience in the face of the greatest political and social upheaval in a generation.
Rebecca’s story ‘Tall White Chickens’ has been published on the Fairlight Books site, part of an ongoing series of stories called Fairlight Shorts. You can read it here.
You can also see biographical details and a short interview with Rebecca here.
Associate TSFG members Annie Murray & Polly Wright are appearing together on Wednesday February 20th at the Albert Middleton Community Association at 2:00pm.
‘The prolific best-selling novelist ANNIE MURRAY whose stories about the women and families of Birmingham over the generations have given pleasure to millions of readers.
Annie will be in conversation with Polly Wright from Albert Road. Polly is a published short story writer and playwright- and has recently been awarded funds from the Arts Council develop a play based on her own family history in Wales, which will be shared at MAC on March 21st. In the conversation Annie and Polly will reflect on the joys and challenges of writing stories about real localities and events and real people!
The conversation will be a question and answer session – and a book signing where you will have the opportunity to meet the author.’
The event is free but as usual we ask participants to make a small voluntary donation. All monies raised go to funding future activities of the Albert Middleton Community Association.
Polly also appears at the Midlands Arts Centre on March 21st::
Friends of Enemies: (Save Europe Now) is a Work in Progress event by Mac Artist Tutor and the director of the Hearth Centre, Polly Wright. Loosely based on the discovery of letters from an Italian Prisoner of War to her grandmother after WW2 Polly explores the explosive impact which results when Mario Golinelli is placed on Dai and Elizabeth Williams’ farm in North Wales in the last years and aftermath of WW2. Exploring as it does, the theme of conflict between commitment to nationalism and the desire for European solidarity, the play has strong echoes of current political tensions and the audience will be asked for post show feedback.
More details: https://macbirmingham.co.uk/event/save-europe-now-friends-of-enemies
Charles Wilkinson’s SPLENDID IN ASH is now available to order from the Egaeus Press website. This book contains seventeen previously uncollected stories from a writer whose seemingly effortless ability to turn the ordinary, the everyday, the outwardly mundane volte-face into regions of feverish weirdness is unrivalled.
Order details: http://www.egaeuspress.com/Splendid_in_Ash.html
Four TSFGers appear in the forthcoming Book of Birmingham – current members Alan Beard and Sibyl Ruth, ex member Kit de Waal and the late and much missed Joel Lane. The editor Kavita Bhanot is also an ex member. The book is being launched on Friday 5th October 2018 at the Conservatoire, Birmingham at 6pm. More here.
Mantle Lane Press have taken Garrie’s short story, Electricity, to be included in a wonderful anthology that focuses on outsiders. The collection is entitled Songs for the Elephant Man. They’re also going to publish a long short story of his called ‘Submerged’. More news on this soon.
On the performance front, he’ll be reading a short story as part of a Room 204 sharing session at the Birmingham Literature Festival on Sat 6 Oct, 10am, at Birmingham Rep and the ticket price includes a tea/coffee and a pastry. Join him and other writers like Jane Campion Hoye, Lisa Blower and Amarjit Nar and meet other writers and readers!
He is also appearing at a ‘Country Voices’ event, on Saturday 15 December, 2:30-4pm. It’s at the Meadow Inn, a charming venue above the River Severn in Ironbridge.
You’ll find more out about Garrie at his website.
Kit’s follow up to the wildly successful ‘My Name is Leon’, ‘The Trick to Time’ was praised on its recent release and made it on to the longlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018. Fingers crossed she wins it!
Warwick Books are hosting a Cinnamon Press reading by Nigel Hutchinson, Connie Ramsay Bott and Marg Roberts on Thursday, 15th March at 7.00pm. Tickets in advance can be bought from Warwick Books.
If you live in the area please support local writers published by an independent publisher and hosted by an independent book shop.
Find out more about Marg here: http://www.margroberts.co.uk/