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May 31st 2013. A new TSFG site has been launched, and all the information below has been transferred to the new site. For members see:, for news see:


Here I try and list all members of the group since its beginnings in 1983. I could well have missed someone out - let me know. Also if you want your name removed let me know. I hope to add details and links (where they exist) next to names as and when.  I've posted scans of TSFG anthologies and other publications, starting from the first book in 1984 (Tindal Street Fiction). Then comes the second - Leon Blades's Six Caribbean Stories (1985), followed - amazingly - by the third: the front and back covers of The View from Tindal Street (1986) (by the way the cover images do show the actual view from Tindal Street, the pub on the left, The Old Moseley Arms, is where we went after meetings held in the school across the street). We jump to 2009 then and the jacket of selected fiction from one of the founder members Stuart Crees, Fragments of the Rage. After that comes the front and back of 'Mouth' (1996), and finally 'and maybe do a dance or two' a tribute to Godfrey Featherstone, edited by Myra Connell. Other TSFG publications include my book Taking Doreen out of the Sky (the first 1997 edition, before Picador took it up in 1999), and Going the Distance (2003), not published by TSFG but by Tindal Street Press, but all stories within are from TSFG members and it celebrates 20 years of the group.  We will be publishing a  collection of stories to celebrate 30 years of the group in 2013, provisionally titled 'The Sea in Birmingham' and edited by two longstanding group members Gaynor Arnold and Julia Bell



Yasmin Ali - joined January 2013. She is a blogger and experienced writer. She says 'Fiction is something relatively new for me.  I’ve so far had published short stories in two anthologies by Honno, the Welsh Women’s Press in 2009 and 2010.  In 2010 I won a commission to write a short play for Black History Month based loosely upon an oral history project, and this was performed as a staged reading with a professional cast in 2011.  I’m now working on a novel.'

Gaynor Arnold – two books published by TSP, the Booker & Orange longlisted novel ‘Girl in the Blue Dress’  and ‘Lying Together’, a book of short stories. Another novel forthcoming July 2012: 'After Such Kindness'. Title story in ‘Mouth’ (TSFG 1996), and stories in  ‘Her Majesty (TSP 2002), ‘Going the Distance (TSP 2003) etc.



Alan Beard – two books of stories published: ‘Taking Doreen out of the Sky’ (Picador, 1999) and ‘You Don’t Have to Say’ (TSP, 2010). Also edited ‘Going the Distance’ (TSP 2003) a book of stories celebrating 20 years of TSFG. Won the Tom-Gallon award for Best Short Story, and longlisted for the Edge Hill prize 2011. Stories in many magazines in UK and USA, and anthologies including ‘Best Short Stories 1991’ and ‘Best British Short Stories 2011’




Julia Bell – two novels published: ‘Massive’ (Picador 2002), and ‘Dirty Work’ (Picador 2007). Third forthcoming. Stories in ‘Mouth’ (TSFG 1996), ‘Going the Distance (TSP 2003) etc. Has edited many collections of short stories, including ‘Hard Shoulder’ (the first ever TSP book, 1999), and ‘England Calling’ (Phoenix 2002), and co-edited (with Andrew Motion) ‘The Creative Writing Coursebook’ (Macmillan 2001).  




Kavita Bhanot – Stories in anthologies such as ‘Tell Tales 3’ (2006) and ‘Roads Ahead (TSP 2009) and ‘Too Asian Not Asian Enough’ (TSP 2011) which she also edited.




Steve Bishop – stories in anthologies such as ‘Going the Distance’ (TSP 2003) and ‘Birmingham Noir’ (TSP 2002) which he co-edited with Joel Lane. 'Deadtime' feature film to be distributed worldwide on DVD in early 2012. 'The Taunted' (another low budget horror movie) currently in production to be filmed in Dec/January. 'Fitter, Happier' published in Radar Magazine 2010 and shortlisted for short story prize in Ted Walters Memorial prize in August 2010. 



Gemma Blackshaw – stories in anthologies including the title story in ‘Going the Distance’ (TSP 2003), and in ‘England Calling’ (Phoenix 2002). She's now an art historian academic and says she's given up writing fiction. Maybe like Chris below she'll return to it.



Chris Blackford – in the group 83-85ish, started a jazz magazine called‘Rubberneck’ in the 80s. According to his biog he has recently returned to writing fiction.



Leon Blades – one of the original members. Stories published in the first TSFG book 'Tindal Street Fiction' (TSFG 1984) and ‘Going the Distance’ (TSP 2003). A collection ‘Six Caribbean Stories’ (TSFG 1985) was the second TSFG book. Cover above.



Luke Brown – co-editor of TSP, stories published including one in ‘'Roads Ahead' (TSP 2009). His first novel 'The Biggest Lie' accepted by Canongate will launch in 2014.



Georgina Bruce – flash fiction writer with popular website. Georgina was only able to come to the group a couple of times.



Wendy Cartwright – an early member of TSFG, in the 80s. A story in ‘The View from Tindal Street’ (TSFG 1986) and in the first TSFG publication called Tindal Street Fiction (1984).



Fiona Chislett – joined the group in the mid-2000s, but left to move to Sheffield(?), story writer.  



Maeve Clarke – author of the novel ‘What Goes Round’ (TSP 2003), Give Us the Money - Oxford University Press, 2001 (reprinted 2007), The Real Deal - (writing as Sam Carter) Franklin Watts, 2009, and story writer, story in ‘Whispers in the Walls’ (TSP 2001).  



Myra Connell -  info from Myra:
Stories in Her Majesty (Tindal St Press, 2002) and Are You She? (Tindal St Press, 2004). Poetry collections A Still Dark Kind of Work (Heaventree, 2008) and From the Boat (Nine Arches, 2010) Edited collection of writing by Godfrey Featherstone, And maybe do a dance or two (Flarestack for TSFG, 2009) (see below for cover). Poems and stories in various publications including Writing WomenSpinster, Obsessed with PipeworkUnder the Radar 
Founder member of Bleak House Books (publications included Birmingham for the Under-Fives and Getting on in Birmingham), and of Women and Words (member of Federation of Worker Writers and Community Publishers. Group publications Don't Come Looking Here and And Another Thing)


Michael Coverson – story writer and novelist, in the group in the 90s. Novel extract in ‘Mouth’ (TSFG 1996) and story in ‘Going the Distance’ (TSP 2003).



Stuart Crees a founder member of TSFG, he has a story in all of the TSFG anthologies. He died in 2005. A selection of his prose ‘Fragments of the Rage’ was published by the group in 2009.  Cover:




Mary Cutle -  (supplied by Mary): Mary Cutler's day job is being a script writer for the Archers which she joined in 1979 making her the longest serving writer on the current team. She has also dramatised four of Lindsey Davis's Roman detective novels for Radio Four and three of her own series 'Three Women and a...' (3 Women in a Boat; 3 Women and a Wedding etc)  for Women's Hour. She was a member of the Tindal Fiction group in the late eighties and had a short story published in the View from Tindal Street. She still maintains her links with Tindal as a member of the Tindal Press Editorial Board.



Gul Davis – story writer and novelist, story in ‘Hard Shoulder’ (TSP 1999) and novel ‘A Lone Walk’ (TSP 2000) which won the J B Priestley Fiction award 2001.



Ryan Davis - joined May 2010. His first novel '27' will be launched on December 7th 2012. 



Mandy de Waal - joined January 2010



Godfrey Featherstone - was in the group from its early days, died in 2005. A booklet of work by him and about him has been published by the group. Called 'and maybe do a dance or two' it was edited by Myra Connell (cover below). Stories in ‘The View from Tindal Street (TSFG 1986), Mouth (TSFG 1996), and 'Going the Distance' (TSP 2003) . His story can be read on Laura Hird's site.



Garrie Fletcher - joined September 2012



Anthony Ferner - joined July 2010



Jackie Gay - joined the group in the mid-90s and has since published 2 novels: ‘Scapegrace’ (TSP 2000) and ‘Wist’ (TSP 2003)  and many stories as well as co-editing three anthologies, ‘Hard Shoulder’ (TSP 1999), ‘Her Majesty (TSP 2002), ‘England Calling’ (Phoenix 2001) . Stories in many magazines and anthologies including ‘Signals’ (London magazine publications 1999) and ‘Going the Distance’ (TSP 2003).



Clare Girvan – (info supplied by Clare)

 Clare left the group last century to go and live in Devon, where she leads a busy and creative life.  Since taking early retirement, she has written many short stories, some of which have won prizes, and written about a dozen plays, most of which have been performed. This year, she won a couple of second prizes for poetry and first prize (1,500 euros) in the the Fish/Historical Novel Association short story competition.  Apart from writing the Great Novel, her remaining ambition is to win the Bridport, which she fails to do every year.



Roz Goddard – joined the group in 2006 or was it 7, but has since left. Has published three collections of poetry; her most recent, How to Dismantle a Hotel Room, was published in 2006 in association with the Birmingham Book Festival. She is a former poet laureate of Birmingham and is currently working on a collection of short stories. Story in 'Sunk Island Review. 



Brian Goodwin - joined TSFG in 2009ish. HIs first novel 'The Bad Seed' is published in March 2013. It is already available on kindle from here.



John Gough – In the group from late 90s to early 2000s. Story in ‘Going the Distance’ (TSFG 2003). Recently (2012) finished a novel and is looking for a publisher. 



Barbara Holland – longstanding member of the group from 80s to mid-2000s. Story writer. Stories in ‘Going the Distance’ and ‘Mouth’.



Maggie Holmes – an early member of group in 80s, have no pub details. In Tindal Street Fiction (TSFG 1984) 



Paul Houghton – from Paul’s bio at Staffs Uni: My own stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies such as The Fiction Magazine, Panurge, Cutting Teeth and Mouth. Some of my short films have been shown at the ICA (London), the GFT (Glasgow) and on Scottish TV.



Lyn Jenkinson – member in the 80s. Stories in ‘Tindal Street Fiction’ (TSFG 1984). More info anyone?



Fiona Joseph - joined September 2010 – info from Fiona: Short story, The Hills and the Fortune, accepted for 4th NAW Anthology out in June 2011 

An EFL graded reader, Oscar's Journey, coming out in August (Heinle/Cengage) 

A biography, Beatrice: the Cadbury heiress who gave away her fortune, out in the autumn (setting up own imprint, Foxwell Press, to publish)

Recent writing talks/appearances include Greenbelt Festival, Radio WM, Solihull Library

Her website:



Joel Lane – novelist, short story writer and poet. A selection of his stuff:  Novels: The Blue Mask (Serpent’s Tail 2003), From Blue to Black (Serpent’s Tail 2000), ‘The Witnesses Have Gone’ (PS 2009). Story collections: ‘The Lost District’ (Night Shade 2006),  The Terrible Changes (ex-occidente press 2010), Do Not Pass Go (Nine Arches Press, 2011). Poetry: ‘The Autumn Myth’ (Arc 2010).



Yann Lovelock  - (info from Yann)

member for a couple of years in the early 90s. Principally a poet, translator and critic whose creative prose centred on the experimental and prose poetry genres. A selective bibliography of his work up to 2001 is on the Société de Langue et Littérature Wallonnes site (link).  Since then a prose sequence (“Dislocations”) appeared in  Stride online magazine (link) and two poetry sequences (“Fall”, with artwork by John Mingay, and “Snapshots from Morecambe Bay”  with illustrations by Ian Robinson) in The Repository section of Raunchland Press (link). At present he works as an interfaith executive at regional and national level. He also edits Lovelock Lines, an international online magazine on the Lovelock family website.



Sidura Ludwig – novelist and story writer. Novel‘Holding My Breath’ (Canada; Key Porter Books 2007; UK TSP 2008; and US edition), story in ‘Going the Distance’ (TSP 2003)



Roy McFarlane – story writer and poet. Story in  'Original Skin' – Birmingham’s Poet laureate in 2011/12.



Alan Mahar started the group in 1983. Two novels ‘Flight Patterns’ (phoenix 1999) and ‘After the Man Before’ (Methuen 2003). Stories in all the TSFG anthologies, and in London magazine, Critical Quarterly etc. He is now Editor-in-Chief of Tindal Street Press.



Christina Morris  - story writer. Story in ‘Going the Distance’ (TSP 2003)



Annie Murray – author of 16 novels including ‘Birmingham Rose’, ‘Chocolate Girls’ and ‘Orphan on Angel Street’. Stories in 'Mouth' (TSP 1996), ‘Her Majesty’ (TSP 2002) and ‘Going the Distance’ (TSP 2003), and in London Magazine, She and Pretext.



Wanjiku Nychae - story in ‘Her Majesty’ (TSP 2002). 



Mez Packer - joined March 2010, 2 novels: ‘Among Thieves’ (TSP 2009), listed for various prizes and ‘The Game is Altered’ (TSP 2012)


Jan Page – was in TSFG in the late 80s. 



Helena Perrett – story writer. Joined 2007



Mike Ramsden – one of the first members of TSFG. Stories in ‘The View from Tindal Street’ (TSFG 1986), Mouth (TSFG 1996) and ‘Going the Distance’ (TSP 2003). He died on June 27th 2012, aged 70.



Penny Rendall – stories in ‘Mouth’ (TSFG 1996) and‘Going the Distance’ (TSP 2003)



Sybil Ruth – Former Birmingham Poet Laureate.

Two small press poetry collections  (Nothing Personal, I Could Become That Woman) 1st prize Mslexia Poetry Competition (2008). Poetry and articles in numerous magazines. Two features broadcast on Radio 4 Site-specific audio drama, Bodies in the Library commissioned by Birmingham Book Festival. I am an Arts council Literature Assessor and a Reader and Mentor for The Literary Consultancy



Mick Scully – Story writer – collection ‘Little Moscow’ (TSP 2007), story in ‘Brimingham Noir’ (TSP 2002) and three stories in TSP 'Showcase' series ‘Dreams Never End’ (2004)   Also a number of stories in crime fiction magazines. His novel 'The Norwegian Room' comes out in June 2013 from Tindal Street Press.


Amanda Smyth – Novel ‘Black Rock’ (Serpent’s Tail 2010)  was an Oprah Winfrey Summer Read, and won the First Novel Award, France, NAACP first novel award finalist, shortlisted for Prix Femina France. Next novel ‘A Kind of Eden’ due out 2013. Her short stories have been published in New Writing, London Magazine, and broadcast on Radio 4 as part of a series called Love and Loss.  


Barbara Viney – member in the 80s. Story in ‘The View from Tindal Street’ (TSFG 1986)



Natalie White - joined March 2010. Story 'Polar Opposites' won a prize in the Writers' forum competition 2011.



Charles Wilkinson - joined Jan 2011. Story collection 'The Pain Tree' (London Magazine Editions, 2000), and story in ‘Best Short stories of 1990’ and ‘Best English short stories’. Stories in Panurge and many poems published in English and American magazines, most recently in Unthology 2. and Unthology 3.


Polly Wright – dramatist and story writer. Stories in ‘Going the Distance’ (TSP 2003) and Are You She? (TSP 2004). Also runs projects for health via the arts (HEARTH) and has written and directed many plays.



Helen Yendall – joined 2008ish, but only attended one meeting.. from her blog: Stories in  Best, Bella, Writers Forum, The Weekly News, The People’s Friend, Woman’s Weekly.