The Comma Press Podcast

We are delighted to be able to bring you The Comma Press Podcast, allowing us to be able to discuss in greater depth the stories we publish. Whether that story is taken from one of our interdisciplinary collections, which involve authors working with scientists, historians, philosophers or crowd scientists. Or whether it's discussing our translated commissions from countries across the globe. It is our hope that through this podcast, you'll get a sense of how the story in question came to be, what influenced the writer, and the wider context that goes into the themes, symbols and characterisation of these tales. 

With support from Arts Council England and Manchester Metropoiltan University Digital Labs.

Listen on iTunesStitcherTuneIn, DeezerSoundcloud and Spotify!

Series One focuses on our best-selling Protest: Stories of Resistance anthology, and episodes will feature the author and their historical consultant from the collection, alongside a third guest who will be connected to the cause or movement, either directly, or in a more contemporary way, and will be hosted by a Comma editor.

EPISODE #1 Never Going Underground with Juliet Jacques, Em Temple-Malt and Louise Wallwein

EPISODE #2 Rivers of Blood with David and Stephen Constantine

EPISODE #3 Battle of Orgreave with Martyn Bedford, David Waddington and Craig Oldham

EPISODE #4 The Suffrage Movement with Michelle Green, Elizabeth Crawford and Helen Antrobus

EPISODE #5 The Aldermaston Marches with Stuart Evers, Michael Randle and Mai Chatham

EPISODE #6 The New Cross Fire and Brixton Riots with Jacob Ross and Stephen Reicher


Series Two focuses on Futures - future-set fiction, including sci-fi, speculative fiction and future-looking literary fiction. Unlike our last series which did a deep dive into one anthology, this series takes in a number of recent and bestselling Comma title. Episodes feature 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.

EPISODE #1 The History of the Future

EPISODE #2 Iraq +100: Stories from a century after the invasion

EPISODE #3 Palestine +100: Stories from a century after the Nakba

EPISODE #4 Europa28: Writing by Women on the Future of Europe

EPISODE #5 Settling the World with M John Harrison and landscape in British SFF writing

Sponsored by STORGY. 




SHORTLISTED for Podcast of the Year at the FutureBook Awards 2019 alongside Waterstones, Penguin and Sara Pascoe - more here. 

SHORTLISTED (Highly Commended) for Book Podcaster of the Year at the London Book Fair 2020 UK Book Blog Awards - more here.

Judges' statement: 'This indie, literary podcast produces above its cloud. It’s only the beginning, and we are excited to hear more.’

The Bookseller announces the launch of The Comma Press Podcast

'With long episodes and in-depth discussions, the podcast brings out another side to each story and is a welcome addition to a growing number of podcasts from Manchester.' - The Mancunion