'Northern Fiction Alliance' & 'Book of Gaza' Update

Northern Fiction Alliance progress

You will remember in July, we announced the formation of the Northern Fiction Alliance (NFA), a group of Northern publishers which includes Peepal Tree Press, And Other Stories, Dead Ink Books and Comma Press. Since then we have been busy creating our logo (featured below) and putting together a rights catalogue which is now in production. The NFA are very pleased to have been joined by Bluemoose Books, Tilted Axis Press and Mayfly Press, who will also be featured in the catalogue and we look forward to building on our relationships with our indie partner presses. The NFA also are very much looking forward to attending this year's Frankfurt Book Fair for the first time, and Comma will be in attendance from the 20th to the 22nd of October to meet and discuss our upcoming releases with publishing houses from across the globe.

'Red Lights' features on Israeli online platform

In other news, we have great news about one of our authors! Two years since the end of the 2014 bombardment of Palestine, Israeli online platform Maaboret has published this story of ordinary life in Gaza, in English, Arabic and Hebrew. 'Red Lights' by Tabal Abu Shawish was featured in the Book of Gaza, one of the collections of short stories in our 'Reading the City Series'. We are so pleased to see Tabal's story being translated into more languages so that a wider audience is able to enjoy his writing. Maaboret is a non-profit venture that hopes to promote short fiction across the world as a means of crossing boundaries and exploring the human condition, something we at Comma also aim to do. 'Red Lights' and the stories of the other Gazan writers are glimpses of life in the Strip, viewpoints not covered by global news about the struggle of living in such a war-torn environment.