New Hub for Writing in a Digital Age launches on Thursday
What is the relationship between independent publishing and mainstream? How have eBooks impacted on the market? How do digital apps work? Ra Page,Editor in Chief of Comma Press, the most successful independent publishing house in the north, will discuss these issues and more in the inaugural talk for the new Hub for Writing in a Digital Age, which takes place at 5.30pm in Broadcasting Place A101.
Comma Press is one of the few publishing houses anywhere to specialise in short fiction. Since its inception in 2003, it has found and championed some of the best contemporary exponents of the form working anywhere. Its awards include The World Fantasy Award (Rob Shearman's Tiny Deaths), The Shirley Jackson Award (The New Uncanny, edited by Ra Page and Sarah Eyre), The BBC National Short Story Award 2010 (David Constantine's 'Tea at the Midland'), The Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award 2013 (David Constantine's Tea at the Midland), and three English PEN awards (two for Hassan Blasim, one for Diao Dou). Its authors have also been shortlisted or longlisted for a host of other national and international awards, including the Sundays Times EFG Private Bank Award, the Edgehill Short Story Prize and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. In 2012, the New Statesman named Comma as one of the six best UK publishing houses outside London. In 2013 Comma launched its first iPhone app: Gimbal.