A little about our talented writers who have now finished our Writing Begets Writing course. They will soon be working one on one with hospital inpatients suffering from mental health disorders to produce prose pieces to be published in an anthology.
Andy Cashmore is a graduate from the University of Birmingham with a degree in English with Creative Writing. He has had numerous pieces of flash fiction published, including in the 2014 National Flash Fiction Day Anthology, Infernal Ink Magazine and The Story Shack. All information about Andy’s writing can be found here: http://andycashmore.wordpress.com/
Gaynor Arnold studied English at University but went on to be a children’s social worker, eventually working in the recruitment of adopters and foster-carers in Birmingham. In 2008 her first published novel Girl in a Blue Dress was long-listed for both the Man Booker and Orange prizes, and she is now a full-time author, having retired from social work in 2009. She has since had a second novel published , as well as a collection of short stories. She is a member of Tindal Street Fiction Group and recently edited The Sea in Birmingham – an anthology of stories from the group. More information about her can be found on www.gaynorarnold.com
Cindy George has a background in advertising and journalism, but now writes fiction and poetry. She has an MA in Writing from Warwick University, and has been published in various anthologies and literary magazines, most recently the latest Fiction Desk collection. She is currently teaching and working on her first novel.
Liam Brown is a Birmingham based author and writing mentor. He has a first class degree in English Literature and Creative Writing and in 2009 he was awarded the De Rohan Scholarship to study a Masters Degree in Creative Writing at Oxford Brookes University. His writing has appeared in various magazines and anthologies, and in 2013 he was shortlisted for the prestigious Luke Bitmead Bursary. His debut novel, Real Monsters, is being published in 2015 by Legend Press.
Garrie Fletcher studied Art, wrote for a music magazine, travelled and then became a teacher. His words have been published online, in print, projected in a cinema, broadcast on the radio and carved into a headstone in a graveyard. He was ‘1st runner up,’ in the Writing West Midlands short story comp in 2013, has a story in Unthology 5, is about to finish his first novel and has been commissioned to write a comic strip for the Birmingham Literature Festival. All the stuff he can tell you about can be found here: http://fletchski.wordpress.com and some of the stuff he shouldn’t is tweeted @Fletchski.
Annie Murray has had short stories published in a wide variety of magazines including London Magazine, SHE and Tindal Street Press anthologies Her Majesty and The Sea in Birmingham. She has long been Birmingham’s main ‘saga’ writer, her publications including Chocolate Girls, My Daughter, My Mother and Meet Me Under the Clock and she is currently writing her 20th novel set in the city. Last year she completed an MA in Creative Writing at Oxford Brookes University.
Vim Ayadurai was born in Stafford a long time ago. He is short, balding, paunchy, and three dimensionally aimless. He believes himself to be a writer. He also believes himself to be a yogi, and a street photographer. Though I wouldn’t trust anything he says. He writes fiction and poetry. Having failed degrees in psychology, optometry, mathematics and politics, he eventually graduated the MA writing programme from Keele University, with a distinction. He does not have a mobile phone. He is not on Facebook. He does not write a blog. If you’re in luck, you might find him on buses, commuter trains, or on the streets, like a stray dog, with his trusted Sony Rx1. Failing that, you can send him an email: karnth