The New Abject - online book launch with Altrincham Word Festival

29 Oct 2020 - 8.00PM

Thu, 29 October 2020

20:00 – 21:00 GMT

FREE - register via Eventbrite


Book launch of Comma Press's new horror anthology The New Abject with Lara Williams and Sarah Schofield

About this Event

Something has fallen away. We have lost something of ourselves, our history, what we once were. That something, if we are to face it, look it squarely in the eyes, terrifies us, makes us wretched. This is the horror of the abject.

Following the success of Comma’s award-winning New Uncanny anthology - which asked fiction writers to create new stories updating our understanding of Freud’s ‘unheimlich’ - The New Abject asks leading authors to produce new stories of modern unease that respond to that other psychoanalytic theory of horror.

Altrincham Word Fest welcomes Lara Williams and Sarah Schofield, two of the many brilliant contributers of The New Abject to celebrate the launch of their book.

About the Authors

Lara Williams is the author of the short story collection Treats, which was shortlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize, the Edinburgh First Book Award and the Saboteur Awards. Her debut novel Supper Club has been translated into five languages, won the Guardian ‘Not the Booker’ Prize and was listed as a Book of the Year 2019 by TIME, Vogue and other publications. She lives in Manchester and is a contributor to the Guardian, Independent, Times Literary Supplement, Vice, Dazed and others.

Sarah Schofield’s stories have been published in LemistryBio-PunkThought XBeta LifeSpindles andConradology (all Comma Press) Wall: Nine Stories from Edge Hill Writers, (EHUP) Best of British Short Stories 2020 (Salt) Spilling Ink Flash Fiction AnthologyBack and Beyond Arts Publication, Litfest’s The Language of Footprints,Synaesthesia Magazine, Lakeview International Journal, Woman’s Weekly and others. She has been shortlisted on the Bridport and the Guardian Travel Writing Competition and won the Orange New Voices Prize, Writer’s Inc and The Calderdale Fiction Prize. An excerpt from her story ‘The Bactogarden’ featured on BBC Radio 4’s Open Book. Sarah is an Associate Tutor of Creative Writing at Edge Hill University and runs writing courses and workshops in a variety of community settings. Her debut short story collection is due out in 2021 with Comma Press.