Short Story Showcase at Lancaster Litfest

10 Mar 2018 - 4.00PM - 9.99

Since its beginnings as an artists’ group in 2003, Comma Press has continued to evolve into a thriving northern publishing house by embracing innovation, collaborations and digital media. Despite its diversification over the years into translation, poetry, novels and film Comma still seeks to put the short story at the heart of its focus. Here, they showcase the latest short story collections from two of their best-loved writers - Sean O’Brien and Martyn Bedford. In Letters Home Martyn explores a variety of characters each at a crossroads in their lives and in Quartier Perdu Sean takes us on a dark and thrilling journey through the city’s underbelly...

Sean O’Brien is a poet, critic, editor, translator, playwright, broadcaster and novelist. His poetry has won multiple awards, including the T S Eliot Prize, the Forward Prize (three times), and the E M Forster Award. His eighth poetry collection, The Beautiful Librarians, won the 2015 Roehampton Poetry Prize. His second novel, Once Again Assembled Here, was published in 2016, as was Hammersmith, a chapbook of poetry and photographs. 2018 sees the publication of his ninth collection of poetry, Europa, and his second collection of short stories from Comma Press, Quartier Perdue. Born in London, Sean O’Brien grew up in Hull and now lives in Newcastle upon Tyne. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. 

Martyn Bedford is the author of five novels for adults: Acts of Revision, which won the Yorkshire Post Best First Work Award, Exit, Orange & Red, The Houdini Girl, Black Cat, and The Island of Lost Souls. He is also the author of three novels for young adults: Flip (shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award and winner of four awards including the Sheffield Children’s Book Award and Calderdale Book of the Year), Never Ending, and Twenty Questions for Gloria, winner of the 2017 Coventry Inspiration Book Award. He has been translated into fifteen languages. Martyn has contributed to numerous Comma anthologies and his short story collection Letters Home was published by Comma in 2017.

Venue: The Sanctuary, Lancaster Library, 18 - 20 Market Street, Lancaster LA1 1HY
Tickets: £11/£9 or SPECIAL OFFER INDEPENDENT PRESS DAY COMBO £24/£20 for three events. Tickets can be purchased in a variety of ways: 
In Person: Lancaster and Morecambe Visitor Information Centres
By phone: 01524 582394/ 01524 582808