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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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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.

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

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

    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 Stanley Kubrick Archive https://www.arts.ac.uk/students/library-services/special-collections-and-archives/archives-and-special-collections-centre/the-stanley-kubrick-archive
    4. Star Trek (the original series)
    5. Dr Lisa Garforth https://www.ncl.ac.uk/gps/staff/profile/lisagarforth.html#background
    6. Star Trek: Discovery
    7. Doctor Who
    8. Joan Haran’s ‘Imaginactivism’ https://adanewmedia.org/2017/10/issue12-haran/
    9. Fredric Jameson
    10. Terminator: Dark Fate (2019)
    11. Logan (2017)
    12. The Twilight Zone
    13. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis
    14. The Fractured Europe Series by Dave Hutchinson
    15. Men in Black (1997)
    16. Starship Troopers (1997)
    17. Jules Verne
    18. H. G. Wells
    19. Patrick Moore sparks UNESCO debate
    20. Unsettling Scientific Stories http://unsettlingscientificstories.co.uk
    21. Black Panther (2018)
    22. Captain Marvel (2019)
    23. The Big Bang Theory
    24. Mae Jemison

    Sponsored by STORGY. Supported by Arts Council England and Manchester Metropolitan University's Digital Labs.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    1.6 The New Cross Fire & Brixton Riots with Jacob Ross and Stephen Reicher

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

    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. Pritchett Memorial Prize, the Olive Cook, Scott Moncrieff and Tom-Gallon Literary Awards. Jacob is Associate Fiction Editor at Peepal Tree Press, and the editor of Closure, Contemporary Black British short stories. Jacob is the author of 'Bed 45', a short story inspired by the New Cross Fire and following unrest included in the Protest: Stories of resistance anthology.

    Stephen Reicher is a professor of psychology at the University of St Andrews, a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and an academician of the social sciences. Broadly his research interests include the issues of group behaviour and the individual-social relationship. He is currently working on a Leverhulme funded project (jointly with Nick Hopkins of Lancaster University) looking at the impact of devolution on Scottish identity and social action in Scotland.

    Published in 2017, Protest: Stories of Resistance assembled twenty authors to re-imagine key moments of British protest from the last eight centuries. Written in close consultation with historians, sociologists and eye-witnesses - who also contribute afterwords - these stories follow fictional characters caught up in real-life struggles.

    P.S. Sorry about some sound quality issues in the first 10 mins and one of the guests having a cold!

    1. Protest: Stories of Resistance https://commapress.co.uk/books/protest-stories-of-resistance-1
    2. New Cross Fire http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/january/18/newsid_2530000/2530333.stm
    3. Linton Kwesi Johnson
    4. 'Bed 45' single story eBook https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bed-45-story-Brixton-Singles-ebook/dp/B079LQ14JC/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=bed+45&qid=1563268987&s=digital-text&sr=1-4
    5. Black People’s Day of Action https://www.revolutionarycommunist.org/britain/fight-racism/4337-ao200516
    6. Brixton Riot 1981 - https://home.bt.com/news/on-this-day/april-11-1981-brixton-riots-leave-more-than-300-people-injured-11363974876698
    7. Swamp 81 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4854556.stm
    8. Kettling - confinement by police of a group of demonstrators or protesters in a small area, as a method of crowd control.
    9. Nottingham Riots (1976) http://home.bt.com/news/on-this-day/august-30-1976-racial-tensions-run-high-as-notting-hill-carnival-ends-in-riots-11364000534127
    10. Mark Duggan and the Tottenham Riots (2011) https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2011/aug/07/tottenham-riots-peaceful-protest
    11. The Scarman Report http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/bbc_parliament/3631579.stm
    12. Stephen Lawrence and the Macpherson report https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/feb/22/macpherson-report-what-was-it-and-what-impact-did-it-have
    13. Brixton 1981 & Tottenham 2011 https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2011/aug/09/tottenham-2011-brixton-1981
    14. Food poverty in modern Britain https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/21/britain-hunger-food-poverty
    15. C. L. R. James
    16. St Paul’s Riots (1980) https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/st-pauls-riots-37-years-17634

    • 1 hr 10 min
    1.5 The Aldermaston Marches with Stuart Evers, Michael Randle and Mai Chatham

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

    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 first March at Easter 1958. He has a PhD in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford.

    Mai Chatham was born in London but now lives in Manchester. She joined CND in 1957, influenced by her parents who were founder members of the Chingford branch. She joined them on the first Aldermaston march & subsequently founded the Chingford YCND group & was on the YCND national committee. She has been involved in non-violent direct action & arrested several times and also served a very short prison sentence. She’s still active in my local peace group & a member of CND.

    Published in 2017, Protest: Stories of Resistance assembled twenty authors to re-imagine key moments of British protest from the last eight centuries. Written in close consultation with historians, sociologists and eye-witnesses - who also contribute afterwords - these stories follow fictional characters caught up in real-life struggles.

    Notes:
    1) Gandhi’s Salt March https://www.history.com/news/gandhis-salt-march-85-years-ago
    2) The CND Logo https://cnduk.org/the-cnd-logo/
    3) Peace News https://www.peacenews.info/
    4) Harry Mister https://www.theguardian.com/news/2006/feb/06/guardianobituaries.politics
    5) Suez Crisis https://www.history.com/topics/cold-war/suez-crisis
    6) Partisan Coffee House https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/apr/22/cafe-cnd-new-left
    7) New Left Review https://newleftreview.org/
    8) Hugh Brock https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_Brock
    9) Children of Hiroshima (1952 film) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0044497/
    10) Pat Arrowsmith https://cnduk.org/60-faces-pat-arrowsmith/
    11) Anti-Polaris demos at Holy Loch https://cnduk.org/peoples-history-of-cnd-protesting-on-holy-loch/
    12) ‘The Blind Light’ by Stuart Evers (single story eBook) https://amzn.to/2GewFwO
    13) Spies for Peace http://www.bl.uk/learning/histcitizen/21cc/counterculture/civildisobedience/spiesforpeace/spiesforpeace.html
    14) Committee of 100 https://cnduk.org/peoples-history-of-cnd-the-committee-of-100/
    15) War Resisters International https://www.wri-irg.org/en
    16) March to Aldermaston (1959 film) http://www.screenonline.org.uk/film/id/533592/index.html
    17) Eliza Manningham-Buller https://www.mi5.gov.uk/eliza-manningham-buller-baroness-manningham-buller
    18) Stansted 15 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/16/migrants-deportation-stansted-actvists
    19) Faslane 365 https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/oct/02/nuclear.scotland
    20) Youth protests against climate change https://www.theguardian.com/environment/live/2019/mar/15/climate-strikes-2019-live-latest-climate-change-global-warming
    21) The Coming War on China by John Pilger (2016 film) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6197028/

    • 1 hr 7 min
    1.4 Cat and Mouse Act with Michelle Green, Elizabeth Crawford and Helen Antrobus

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

    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.

    Helen Antrobus is a museum curator and historian. She is former programme officer at the People's History Museum and is one of the hosts of the F' Yeah History podcast,

    Published in 2017, Protest: Stories of Resistance assembled twenty authors to re-imagine key moments of British protest from the last eight centuries. Written in close consultation with historians, sociologists and eye-witnesses - who also contribute afterwords - these stories follow fictional characters caught up in real-life struggles.

    Notes:
    1. The Manchester Society for Women's Suffrage https://spartacus-educational.com/WmanchesterS.htm
    2. The Free Trade Hall Meeting https://radicalmanchester.wordpress.com/2010/03/14/free-trade-hall-meeting-13-october-1905-the-beginning-of-the-militant-campaign-for-votes-for-women/
    3. The Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) https://www.britannica.com/topic/Womens-Social-and-Political-Union
    4. 1910 Conciliation Bill https://spartacus-educational.com/Conciliation.htm
    5. 1913 Male Suffrage Bill https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/britain1906to1918/usefulnotes/g4cs3s4u.htm
    6. 1913 Prisoners (Temporary Discharge for Ill Health) Act, popularly known as the Cat and Mouse Act https://www.parliament.uk/about/living-heritage/transformingsociety/electionsvoting/womenvote/unesco/cat-and-mouse-act/
    7. Emily Davison http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/davison_emily.shtml
    8. Art and Suffrage https://francisboutle.co.uk/products/art-and-suffrage/
    9. Represent! Voices 100 Years On exhibition https://phm.org.uk/exhibitions/represent-voices-100-years-on/
    10. The 1981 Irish hunger strike https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1981_Irish_hunger_strike
    11. Can one do evil without being evil? https://aeon.co/ideas/what-did-hannah-arendt-really-mean-by-the-banality-of-evil
    12. Selina Martin http://selina-martin.blogspot.com/p/time-as-suffragette.html -
    13. 100-year anniversary of the Representation of the People Act in 2018 https://celebratingvotesforwomen.campaign.gov.uk/
    14. Annie Kenney https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annie_Kenney
    15. Preface to 'Leaves of Grass' by Walt Whitman - https://www.bartleby.com/39/45.html
    16. Rhoda Garrett https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhoda_Garrett
    17. Lady Constance Lytton http://www.historiamag.com/lady-constance-lytton-suffragette/
    18. Hannah Mitchell https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hannah_Mitchell
    19. Lucy Minnie Baldock https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnie_Baldock
    20. David Lloyd George on women and the war (1918) https://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/2013/aug/22/women-first-world-war-lloyd-george
    21. The National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS), also known as the suffragists https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Union_of_Women%27s_Suffrage_Societies
    22. Women Asylum Seekers Together in Greater Manchester.
    https://www.wastmanchester.com/
    23. Stand by your trans https://happyvalleypride.com/news/stand-by-your-trans/
    24. Intersectionality/intersectional feminism https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intersectionality

    • 1 hr 17 min
    1.3 The Enemy Within with Martyn Bedford, David Waddington and Craig Oldham

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

    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 University. He continues to publish widely on the policing of public order, industrial relations in the coalfields, and the sociology of Britain's mining communities.

    Craig Oldham is a British designer. He is the founder of indie press Common Practices and Creative Director of Rough Trade Books, as well as a Campaigner for the Orgreave Truth & Justice Campaign.

    Published in 2017, Protest: Stories of Resistance assembled twenty authors to re-imagine key moments of British protest from the last eight centuries. Written in close consultation with historians, sociologists and eye-witnesses - who also contribute afterwords - these stories follow fictional characters caught up in real-life struggles.

    1) Protest stories of resistance https://commapress.co.uk/books/protest-stories-of-resistance-1
    2) Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign https://otjc.org.uk/
    3) ‘The charge of the heavy bridge’ by Tristram Hunt in The Guardian, 2006 https://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/2006/sep/04/features5
    4) ‘The scandal of Orgreave’ in The Guardian, 2017 https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/may/18/scandal-of-orgreave-miners-strike-hillsborough-theresa-may
    5) Arthur Scargill and the Battle of Saltley Gate (BBC, 2012) https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-16982257
    6) In Loving Memory of Work: a visual record of the UK miners’ strike 1984-85 https://www.inlovingmemoryofwork.com/
    7) Thatcher government policing tactics (Telegraph, 2017) https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/09/margaret-thatchers-government-feared-miners-strike-inquiry-would/
    8) ‘The lies binding Hillsborough to the battle of Orgreave’ by Ken Capstick in The Guardian, 2016 https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/may/05/lies-bind-hillsborough-battle-orgreave
    9) Bristol riots of 1831
    10) 1986 Wapping dispute, The Independent, 2016 https://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/press/wapping-dispute-30-years-on-how-rupert-murdoch-changed-labour-relations-and-newspapers-forever-a6826316.html
    11) ‘Orgreave families: we want full, Hillsborough-style inquiry’ The Observer, 2016 https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/oct/29/orgreave-families-hillsborough-style-inquiry
    12) David Waddington’s publications archive (Sheffield Hallam) http://shura.shu.ac.uk/view/cv/d=2Ep=2Ewaddington=40shu=2Eac=2Euk.html
    13) Billy Elliot (2000 film)
    14) Pride (2014 film)
    15) Jeremy Deller – The Battle of Orgreave http://www.jeremydeller.org/TheBattleOfOrgreave/TheBattleOfOrgreave_Video.php
    16) Celebrating the unsung heroes of the miners’ strike (The Conversation) http://theconversation.com/we-are-women-we-are-strong-celebrating-the-unsung-heroines-of-the-miners-strike-92448
    17) Lesley Boulton and the iconic photo of Orgreave (BBC Sheffield) http://www.bbc.co.uk/southyorkshire/content/articles/2009/03/02/lesley_boulton_orgreave_photo_feature.shtml
    18) ‘Rock on Tommy’ by Martin Jenkinson, The Guardian, 2012 (obituary) https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2012/jul/01/martin-jenkinson-obituary
    19) ‘Brixton riots - in pictures’, The Independent https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/history/brixton-riots-in-pictures-2266287.html

    Disclaimer: Please forgive some vibration/static in this recording due to some passionate fist banging on the table, also the host’s pesky cough! Also please tune in next week when we will have an ALL FEMALE PANEL.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    1.2 Rivers of Blood With David Constantine and Stephen Constantine

    1.2 Rivers of Blood With David Constantine and Stephen Constantine

    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 include Under the Dam (2005), The Shieling (2009) and Tea at the Midland (2012), which won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, and the title story of which won the BBC National Short Story Award 2010. His second novel The Life-Writer (2014) was one of the New York Times' Top 100 Books of 2016 and in the same year a feature film based on 'In Another Country', titled 45 Years, received an Oscar nomination for star Charlotte Rampling.

    Stephen Constantine was appointed as a lecturer at Lancaster University in 1971 and retired in 2010 as Professor of Modern British History, while retaining an active research interest in empire and migration.

    Published in 2017, Protest: Stories of Resistance assembled twenty authors to re-imagine key moments of British protest from the last eight centuries. Written in close consultation with historians, sociologists and eye-witnesses - who also contribute afterwords - these stories follow fictional characters caught up in real-life struggles.

    Notes:
    1) Protest: Stories of resistance (Comma Press, 2017) https://commapress.co.uk/books/protest-stories-of-resistance-1
    2) ‘After Enoch Powell’, BBC resources https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/after_enoch_powell
    3) ‘Fifty years on…’ , The Observer, 2018 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/14/enoch-powell-rivers-blood-legacy-wolverhampton
    4) Enoch Powell's 'Rivers of Blood' speech [full text], The Telegraph https://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/3643823/Enoch-Powells-Rivers-of-Blood-speech.html
    5) Kropotkin
    6) Jus soli – ‘right of the soil’
    7) Race Relations Act 1965
    8) Race Relations Act 1968
    9) ‘And I Always Thought’ by Bertolt Brecht http://apoemaday.tumblr.com/post/114144779832/and-i-always-thought
    10) Rainer Maria Rilke (The Poetry Foundation) https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/rainer-maria-rilke
    11) ‘Hidden in milk cans’ (The Jewish Historical Institute) http://www.jhi.pl/en/blog/2014-05-09-hidden-in-milk-cans
    12) Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse www.iicsa.org.uk
    13) Thai cave rescue, BBC 2018 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-44695232

    • 1 hr 16 min

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A very interesting podcast, very well set out and written, covering a wide range of points. Definitely would recommend

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