The forthcoming ‘Songs for the Elephant Man’ from Mantle Lane Press has four stories from TSFG members Liz Kershaw, Garrie Fletcher, Natalie White and Rob Ganley. Further information will be added as the book is released for sale. The beautiful cover looks like this:
The writers look like this:
Together with Carolyn Kirby, Gaynor and Annie will be discussing ‘their latest novels, as well as the idea of inventing the past, writing historical fiction, and their different connections to the local area.’ The event takes place at Waterstones, Birmingham on Thursday 25th July at 6:30pm.More details can be found here.
Annie Murray Gaynor Arnold
Anthony’s novel ‘Life in Translation’ is his third, and his second to be published by Holland Park Press. Link here.
From the press release: Life in Translation vividly describes the ups and downs of life as a jobbing translator who dreams of literary fame…. The story is told through a mosaic of interlinked episodes that together create a picture of the narrator’s bumpy road to maturity. Finally, he realises, painfully, that he, a translator, is prone to ‘misreadings’: of his own strengths and weaknesses, of the women in his life, of the viability of his translation career, of the options open to him.
Garrie’s novella ‘Submerged’ was launched last night at Birmingham Whisky Club. A great time was had by all.
‘Submerged’ is one man’s journey across a deserted land in search of his family. Beset by packs of wild dogs, unnerving dreams, and the ‘ping’ of sonar, it isn’t until he returns to the overgrown city he once called home, determined to take his own life, that he realises his demons are not merely external.
Garrie Fletcher’s surreal and disturbing novella takes us on a strange journey through a dystopian landscape of the mind. Link here.
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.
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.
Thank you to all who came to Cherry Reds last night for The Book of Birmingham readings from TSFG members Alan Beard and Sibyl Ruth, plus Malachi Mcintosh and CD Rose. The event was hosted by ex member Kavita Bhanot. Discussion was lively! The book is available here.
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