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A new podcast from UK based independent publisher Comma Press, specialising in the short story and literature in translation. Series Two: Futures, brings listeners 6 discussions around future-set fiction, including sci-fi, speculative fiction and future-looking literary fiction. This series takes in a number of recent and bestselling Comma titles, with episodes featuring authors, translators, editors and academics in conversation about the influence of genre, and how science-fiction and writing about the future can and has changed and expanded horizons for readers and writers. Series One: Protest, brings listeners 6 discussions around stories featured in the Comma anthology 'Protest: Stories of Resistance'. This collection brought authors together with historians, sociologists and eyewitnesses to re-imagine key moments of British protest.

A new podcast from UK based independent publisher Comma Press, specialising in the short story and literature in translation. Series Two: Futures, brings listeners 6 discussions around future-set fiction, including sci-fi, speculative fiction and future-looking literary fiction. This series takes in a number of recent and bestselling Comma titles, with episodes featuring authors, translators, editors and academics in conversation about the influence of genre, and how science-fiction and writing about the future can and has changed and expanded horizons for readers and writers. Series One: Protest, brings listeners 6 discussions around stories featured in the Comma anthology 'Protest: Stories of Resistance'. This collection brought authors together with historians, sociologists and eyewitnesses to re-imagine key moments of British protest.

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United Kingdom

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A new podcast from UK based independent publisher Comma Press, specialising in the short story and literature in translation. Series Two: Futures, brings listeners 6 discussions around future-set fiction, including sci-fi, speculative fiction and future-looking literary fiction. This series takes in a number of recent and bestselling Comma titles, with episodes featuring authors, translators, editors and academics in conversation about the influence of genre, and how science-fiction and writing about the future can and has changed and expanded horizons for readers and writers. Series One: Protest, brings listeners 6 discussions around stories featured in the Comma anthology 'Protest: Stories of Resistance'. This collection brought authors together with historians, sociologists and eyewitnesses to re-imagine key moments of British protest.

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English


Episodes

2.5 M. John Harrison and landscape in British SFF writing

9/15/2020
The fifth episode of Series 2 of the Comma Press Podcast, which this series is on the theme of FUTURES. In this episode, host and Comma Press Publisher Ra Page is in conversation with acclaimed author M. John Harrison, writer and filmmaker Adam Scovell and writers and critics Andy Hedgecock and Jennifer Hodgson. Recorded remotely via Zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our four guests discussed the influence of the British landscape on not only M. John's work, in relation to his latest...

Duration:01:00:14

2.4 Europa28 with Sophie Hughes, Janne Teller & Kapka Kassabova

8/11/2020
The fourth episode of Series 2 of the Comma Press Podcast, which this series is on the theme of FUTURES. In this episode, guest host and co-editor of the Europa28 anthology, Sophie Hughes, is in conversation with contributors Kapka Kassabova and Janne Teller about Comma's recent anthology, Europa28: Writing by Women on the Future of Europe, a Hay Festival Project. Recorded remotely via Zoom due to the COVID-19 lockdown in the UK, our three guest discussed writing about Europe amidst an...

Duration:01:01:42

2.3 Palestine + 100 with Rawan Yaghi, Lindsey Moore, Barbara Dick & Basma Ghalayini

7/14/2020
The third episode of Series 2 of the Comma Press Podcast, which this series is on the theme of FUTURES. In this episode, Comma Publisher Ra Page is in conversation with contributors and academics about Comma's best-selling anthology, Palestine + 100: Stories from a century after the Nakba, the first ever collection of science fiction from Palestine. Guest in this episode are Palestinian author and journalist Rawan Yaghi, editor of the anthology and translator Basma Ghalayini, Barbara Dick...

Duration:01:28:58

2.2 Iraq + 100 with Anoud, Sinead Murphy & Annie Webster

6/16/2020
The second episode of Series 2 of the Comma Press Podcast, which this series is on the theme of FUTURES. In this episode, Comma Publisher Ra Page is in conversation with contributors and academics about Comma's best-selling anthology, Iraq + 100: Stories from a century after the invasion, the first ever collection of science fiction from Iraq, edited by the award-winning author Hassan Blasim. Guest in this episode are Iraqi author Anoud (pseudonym), Sinead Murphy, who holds a PhD in...

Duration:01:17:14

2.1 The History of the Future with Adam Roberts, Amanda Rees & Amy Chambers

5/12/2020
The first episode of Series 2 of the Comma Press Podcast introduces the theme of this new series - FUTURES. In this opening episode, Comma Publisher Ra Page is in conversation with esteemed sci-fi writer Adam Roberts, the University of York's Amanda Rees who is currently researching the history of the future, and MMU's own Amy Chambers, who specialises in film and visual culture. Show notes: 1. Iraq +100 2. The John Wyndham Archive https://libguides.liverpool.ac.uk/library/sca/wyndham 3. The...

Duration:01:06:17

Voice Marks by Claire Dean

7/25/2019
Taken from the anthology Spindles: Stories from the Science of Sleep. Author Claire Dean worked with Prof. Manuel Schabus from the University of Salzberg, inspired by the electrical activity of the brain whilst we are sleeping.

Duration:00:08:36

Thunder Cracks by Zoe Gilbert

7/25/2019
Story taken from Spindles: Stories from the Science of Sleep. Short story writer and novelist (Folk) worked with Dr. Paul Reading, President of the British Sleep Society, to write this story inspired by sleepwalking.

Duration:00:22:03

Benzene Dreams by Sarah Schofield

7/25/2019
Story taken from Spindles: Stories from the Science of Sleep. Author Sarah Schofield worked with scientist Robert Stickgold to produce this story, about an employee at a company creating sleep technology that uses our thoughts to fuel targeted advertising.

Duration:00:23:18

1.6 The New Cross Fire & Brixton Riots with Jacob Ross and Stephen Reicher

7/16/2019
Hosted by Ra Page of Comma Press, a Manchester-based independent publisher specialising in the short story. Jacob Ross is a novelist, short story writer, editor and creative writing tutor. His crime fiction novel, The Bone Readers won the inaugural Jhalak Prize in 2017. His latest book is Tell No-One About This, a collection of stories written over a span of forty years, and more than a dozen new ones. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has been a judge of the V.S....

Duration:01:10:26

1.5 The Aldermaston Marches with Stuart Evers, Michael Randle and Mai Chatham

6/18/2019
Hosted by Ra Page of Comma Press, a Manchester-based independent publisher specialising in the short story. Stuart Evers is the author of a number of novels and short story collections, and writes about books regularly for The Guardian, The Independent and The Observer. Michael Randle has been involved in peace work as an activist and academic since registering as a conscientious objector to military service in 1952. He was a member of the Aldermaston March Committee which organised the...

Duration:01:07:59

1.4 Cat and Mouse Act with Michelle Green, Elizabeth Crawford and Helen Antrobus

5/14/2019
Hosted by Zoe Turner, Publicity & Outreach Officer of Comma Press, a Manchester-based independent publisher specialising in the short story. Michelle Green is a British-Canadian writer. Her short story collection, Jebel Marra, was published by Comma Press and is based on her own experience as an aid worker in Darfur. Elizabeth Crawford is the author of The Women's Suffrage Movement: a reference guide 1866-1928 (1998), The Women's Suffrage Movement: a regional survey (2013) and much more....

Duration:01:17:17

1.3 The Enemy Within with Martyn Bedford, David Waddington and Craig Oldham

4/16/2019
Hosted by Ra Page, Founder & CEO of Comma Press, a Manchester-based independent publisher specialising in the short story. Martyn Bedford is an award-winning British novelist and literary critic. he has written five novels for adults and three for young adults. His short story collection, Letters Home, was published by Comma Press in 2017. David Waddington is Professor of Communications and Co-Director of the Cultural, Communication and Computing Research Institute at Sheffield Hallam...

Duration:01:21:53

1.2 Rivers of Blood With David Constantine and Stephen Constantine

3/15/2019
Hosted by Ra Page, Founder & CEO of Comma Press, a Manchester-based independent publisher specialising in the short story. In this episode author David Constantine and his brother, historian Stephen Constantine, reflect on their experience and the legacy of Enoch Powell’s infamous Rivers of Blood speech, as well as post World War II immigration, Windrush, Brexit and Trump… David Constantine is an award-winning poet, translator, short story writer and novelist. His short story collections...

Duration:01:16:04

1.1 Never Going Underground with Juliet Jacques, Em Temple-Malt and Louise Wallwein

1/25/2019
Hosted by Ra Page, Founder & CEO of Comma Press, a Manchester-based independent publisher specialising in the short story. Juliet Jacques is a journalist, critic and writer of short fiction. She has published two books including Trans: A Memoir (2015). She documented her gender reassignment for The Guardian in a series entitled A Transgender Journey. Dr. Em Temple-Malt is a Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology at Staffordshire University and co-director of Staffordshire University Crime and...

Duration:01:26:56