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Founder, Publisher & CEORa Page
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Sales and Production ManagerBecca Parkinson
DesignDave Eckersall, with additional design work by Matt Roeser, Lisa Romero and Steve Moyler
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Sarah Jane Eyre (Chair)
Kavita Bhanot grew up in London, lived for many years in Birmingham, then moved to India, where she directed an international literature festival and helped to set up India’s first literary agency. She recently completed a PhD at Manchester University, in Creative Writing and Literature. Her short stories and non-fiction have been published in anthologies, magazines and journals, two of her stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4, and she is the editor of the short story collection Too Asian, Not Asian Enough (Tindal Street Press, 2011). She is a reader with The Literary Consultancy and a regular book reviewer for The Independent.
Ruth is an award winning cultural producer, activist and social entrepreneur. She is Co-Director of Place of War - a support system for community artistic, creative and cultural organisations in places of conflict, revolution and areas suffering the consequences of conflict. She was Founder and Director of Manchester based independent record label, Fat Northerner Records (2003 – 2010); global grassroots music event and community founder and Director of Un-Convention; and Director of new seaside ‘festival of festivals’, One of These Days. Ruth is also a regular speaker at cultural festivals and events, including TEDX, British Council, International Alert, Primavera Sounds, Berlin Music Week.
The StaffRa Page - CEO, Founder and Publisher
Sarah Cleave - Publishing Manager
Becky Harrison - Engagement Manager
Becky works on the marketing and press of Comma books, and the delivery of events including the National Creative Writing Graduate Fair. She has an academic background rooted in Cultural Studies, having gained her BA at the University of Leeds and her MA at the University of Amsterdam, where she developed a thesis on feminist science fiction, as well as a love of cycling. Since returning to the UK, she has worked for a number of northern arts festivals, moved back up to Leeds, and joined Comma in the summer of 2016 as they and other northern indie publishers commence the Northern Fiction Alliance.
Becca Parkinson - Sales and Production Manager
Becca has joined us straight from finishing her undergraduate degree at Lancaster University. Whilst at university she was the Editor of both Cake Magazine and Flash Journal. After a previous internship at Carnegie Book production and an internship at Comma she was taken on full-time to work on sales, production and events. In her spare time she enjoys photography and keeping up to date with what's new in film and television.
ConsultantsSue Fletcher - Marketing & Publicity
Sue is communications and engagement specialist with over 15 years' experience in creative, not-for-profit and education sectors. She has considerable knowledge of fundraising and communications for effective income development, and significant strategic experience as manager and as volunteer chair of Community Arts North West and Manchester Craft and Design Centre. She is currently Head of Marketing and Communications at Oldham Colliseum Theatre and acts as a consultant for Comma Press. She has previously provided training for PANDA, University of Manchester, and Salford University, and mentored arts professionals at various institutions including Octagon Theatre, Bolton, Walk The Plank and Z-arts.
Basma Ghalayini - Finance
Basma has an academic background in Management Information Systems and has worked in various finance roles within the past seven years in the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. Currently she is Senior Finance Officer at Cellusys Limited. She has worked with companies and individuals to help plan their short and long term financial goals, and has significant command of tax, investment and insurance issues, in relation to a number of different industries.
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