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.
Beard’s story ‘The Room Peels’ is one of 19 ‘tales of modern unease’ in which authors, including Mark Haddon and Margaret Drabble, were asked to respond to two parallel theories of the abject – Julia Kristeva’s theory of the psychoanalytic, intimate abject and George Bataille’s societal equivalent. Read more here.
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.
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?’
Sidura was a member of TSFG in the early 90s before returning to live in Canada. ‘You Are Not What We Expected’ follows her earlier novel ‘Holding My Breath’ published by Tindal Street Press in the UK. It has had an excellent critical reception, including endorsements from Jami Attenberg, author of All This Could Be Yours:
“A gorgeous, highly visceral, deeply felt collection of linked stories about how families work — and don’t work — together. The Levine family is unforgettable.”