The writing is consistently strong and widely varied, reflecting the experiences and styles of an extensive network from all walks and stations of life. A watery theme links several, as though the sea were indeed both metaphorically as well as physically inching inland . . . Simone Weil said that it is not so much what every moment of a human life contains as the way in which each of its moments is connected. This book offers an insight into how Midland writers, in this instance over thirty years, create and develop a sense of solidarity within both an area and a discipline.
The dots join up and make a gorgeous whole – well worth reading and emulating. Siân Miles in BookOxygen
I’ve been attending the Tindal Street Fiction Group for several years and this October, 2013, sees the launch of the group’s 30-year celebration anthology, The Sea in Birmingham. My story – Mr Spider – is one of twenty-two stories from established authors and emerging writers who are all past or present members of TSFG. The collection has been edited by Julia Bell and Gaynor Arnold and you can find information about the other contributors (including Amanda Smyth, Gaynor Arnold, Alan Beard and Mick Scully) on the TSFG website and pre-order a copy of the anthology from Amazon.
The launch takes place on October 12th 2013 at the new Birmingham Library and the event will be part of the Birmingham Literature Festival. You can book free tickets for the event here.
Here’s what some other people have said about the collection:
A vivid evocation of place, a cast of richly imagined characters and stories that stay with you. This is The Sea in Birmingham and it’s full of pearls. – Catherine O’Flynn
This selection of 22 stories set in or around Birmingham – inventive, muscular, painful, witty, surprising, various – has the feel of the city but the scale of the times. – David Edgar
A collection of fine stories that wander the familiar streets of the West Midlands, revealing intimate lives with passionate prose. These writers brought me back home. – Cathy Galvin
Here are some pictures from the launch:
In other news I’ve had a story published in the autumn edition of Under the Radar. The story is called The Donkey and has nothing whatsoever to do with Christmas.
Issue 10 features:
Poems by Liz Berry, Geraldine Clarkson, Bob Cooper, Jude Cowan Montague, Dill Darling, Carrie Etter, Mark Goodwin, Sonia Hendy-Isaac, Nigel Hutchinson, Sarah Jackson, Sarah James, Crystal Jeans, Emma Lee, Melissa Lee-Houghton, Matt Merritt, Fiona Moore, DA Prince, Jonathan Taylor, Alana Tomlin, Christian Ward and Charles Wilkinson.
Short Stories by Helen Cross, Mez Packer 🙂, John McGhee and Hilaire.