Ra Page

Ra is the founder and Editorial Manager of Comma Press. He’s the editor of numerous anthologies, including The City Life Book of Manchester Short Stories (Penguin, 1999), co-editor of The New Uncanny (winner of the Shirley Jackson Award, 2008) and Litmus, voted one of 2011’s books of the year by The Observer. Between 2004 and 2013 he was also the coordinator of Literature Northwest, a support agency for independent publishers in the region (until it formally merged with Comma). He also coordinates Comma Film, an on-going film adaptation project which regularly commissions filmmakers and animators to adapt short literary texts (poems and short stories). He is a former journalist, having been Deputy Editor for City Life magazine, and a former Director of Manchester Poetry Festival. His critical work has been published in The Journal of the Short Story in English, and he’s been a producer, co-writer and co-director on a number of short film projects. He read Physics and Philosophy at Balliol College, Oxford and has an MA in English from the University of Manchester.

Collections edited by Ra Page

Bio-Punk

14 leading authors have here been challenged to write fresh fictional interpretations of what the uncanny might mean in the 21st century.

Lemistry

British and Polish novelists join screenwriters, poets, computer engineers, and artists, to celebrate and explore Lem’s legacy through short stories and essays.

The New Uncanny

14 leading authors have here been challenged to write fresh fictional interpretations of what the uncanny might mean in the 21st century, to update Freud’s famous checklist of what gives us the creeps, and to give the hulking canon of uncanny fiction a shot in the arm, a shock to the neck-bolts...

Bracket: A New Generation in Fiction

The latest in Comma’s acclaimed series of short story anthologies, Bracket brings together 20 of the country’s most promising, previously unpublished writers.

Comma

Real or surreal, despairing or defiant, these stories prove that far from being a genre of offcuts and unfinished ideas, the short story, if only we give it a moment, is very much alive and well.

Ellipsis 1: Comma Modern Shorts

Ellipsis is a new set of books celebrating the 'short story sequence' - that interlocking daisy-chain of narrative produced when stories knit together to form a continuum of character or theme.

Ellipsis 2: Comma Modern Shorts

The stories in Ellipsis 2 demonstrate the transforming, often alienating affect a relationship can have on the individuals in it, and remind us that being next of kin isn’t always kind.

Hyphen: an anthology of short stories by poets

Established and award winning poets from around Britian and the UK have been asked to 'interlope' into the unknown territory of the short - most of them for the first time and each bringing with them a new, poetic perspective as well as an intuitive feel for the snapshot's hidden narratives.

Parenthesis: a New Generation in Short Fiction

Comma's second anthology of new writers showcases 20 of the most imaginative and daring voices taking up the form; writers dedicated to charting the far reaches of this terrain right at the outset of their careers; writers who prove it's best to stay short.

Shi Cheng: Short Stories from Urban China

The challenges depicted in these stories are uniquely Chinese, but the energy and ingenuity with which their authors approach them is something readers everywhere can marvel at.

Morphologies

Covering a century of writing that arguably saw all the major short forms emerge, from Hawthorne's 'Twice Told Tales' to Kafka's modernist nightmares, these essays offer new and unique inroads into classic texts, both for the literature student and aspiring writer.

Manchester Stories 1

Launched Oct, 1998, with readings by Karline Smith, Nicholas Blincoe and Tibor Fischer at Deansgate Waterstone's.

Manchester Stories 2

A collection of stories documenting the modern Mancunian experience. The second in the series.

Manchester Stories 4

Launched June 21, 2002, Geoffrey Manton Building, MMU, Manchester as part of a series of 'Manchester Writing' events within the Literatures of the Commonwealth Festival.

Manchester Stories 5: Caesura

Both featured in City Life and sold separately, this issue was the first of the booklets to be distributed FREE to public transport users in the Greater Manchester area.

Manchester Stories 3

Launched March 11, 2002, on the 25th Floor of the CIS Building, Manchester, in conjunction with Co-Op Insurance Services.

Litmus: Short Stories from Modern Science

This anthology draws out and distills science’s love of narrative from a wide range of scientific disciplines, weaving theory into very human stories, and delving into the humanity of theorists and experimenters as they stood on the brink of momentous discoveries.

Beta-Life

Short Stories from an A-Life Future

Spindles: Stories from the Science of Sleep

Short stories informed by explorations of the science of sleep

Thought X: Fictions and Hypotheticals

An anthology of specially-commissioned stories exploring thought experiments and their use in science to crack fundamental problems.

Protest: Stories of Resistance

This book asks 20 authors and 20 historians to bring crucial moments of British protest to life.