NOV 2017
Audiobook of Girl in a Blue Dress out soon
Tantor Audio (USA) is due to bring out an audiobook of 'Girl in a Blue Dress' in January 2018. It's for the US market but online versions will also be available, so UK-based readers may be able to access it too. ('After Such Kindness' has been in audiobook form for several years - published by ISIS audiobooks in Oxford). 


JUL 2017
Rubery book Award 2017 winners announced

The category winners and the overall winner have just been announced. There were some excellent titles on the shortlists and I was particularly impressed by John Toomey's 'Slipping' (winner in the fiction section) and Jaq Hazell's young adult novel  'My Life as a Bench' which was our overall winner. 

It was hard work reading so many titles covering such diverse topics, but it was good to have my mind stretched on subjects I would not normally give much attention to, as well as sharing views with Jeff and Jo as we worked towards a consensus.

Well done to all the winners!


JUL 2017
Rubery Book Award
The shortlist is now out for this award and the category winners will be announced shortly. It has been a fascinating process - so many different kinds of book, and so many excellent ones.


JUN 2016
Rubery Book Award 2017

Gaynor will be joining Jeff Phelps and Jo Derrick on the judging panel for the 2017 award.

Please see http://www.ruberybookaward.com for more details of the competition and deadlines. 


JUN 2016
Kit de Waal's new book
Former Tindal Street member Kit has just published her first novel 'My Name is Leon' and has been well-reviewed in The Guardian this Saturday. This book is of special interest to Gaynor because it involves a child in foster care, which was once Gaynor's area of work. Kit is a brilliant writer who has also subsidised a creative writing bursary at Birkbeck for disadvantaged students.  


OCT 2015
Oxfam Curated shelf.

Gaynor's picks for the Curated Shelf project at Oxfam in King's heath are now online at :



OCT 2015
New Book by Anthony Ferner
Tindal Street member Anthony Ferner is launching his debut novel 'Winegarden' in Leamington on Sunday 25th October. It's a great book!


DEC 2014
Rubery International Short Story Competiton Winners

The short list and three winners I have chosen are now on the Rubery Book Award website: http://www.ruberybookaward.com

The standard was very high and the three winners (Gregory J Wolos, Melissa Beit and Lucy E M Black)  were very accomplished.


OCT 2014
A Winner for the 'Lost Districts' Competition

Rachel Cronin has won the competition with a photo illustrating a theme from Joel Lane's work. (see www.lostdistricts).

The prize is given by Tindal Street Fiction Group  in memory of Joel, who died just a year ago


JUL 2014
Writing Begets Writing - New Venture
I will be joining other local Tindal St authors such as Annie Murray, Alan Mahar, Elisabeth Charis, Yasmin Ali, Helen Kelly and Garrie Fletcher. We will work in mental health settings alongside health professionals to encourage patients to write prose fiction. For details of the project see http://www.thehearthcentre.org.uk

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