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The Manchester Literature Festival Blog

  • Spotlight on: Wrecking Ball Press

    August 12, 2020

    For more than 20 years, Hull-based Wrecking Ball Press has published high quality, cutting edge literature. They’ve published a number of writers who’ve gone on to garner critical acclaim including Benjamin Meyers, Adelle Stripe, Shirley May, Isaiah Hull and Helen Mort. We talked to editor Shane Rhodes. When and why did you start Wrecking Ball Press? […]

  • Spotlight On: Peepal Tree Press

    May 6, 2020

    When and why did you start Peepal Tree Press? Peepal Tree began in 1985, to bring readers the very best of international writing from the Caribbean, its diasporas and the UK. Our goal is always to publish books that make a difference, and champion voices who may otherwise go unheard. Which book from your back catalogue should […]

  • Spotlight On: Bluemoose Books

    April 21, 2020

    When and why did you start Bluemoose Books? We started Bluemoose Books in 2006 to find great new writers and stories, especially from the North and from working class backgrounds. Publishing at that time seemed to be dominated by celebrity publishing and we knew that readers were looking for stories that reflected their lives and experiences. Our authors […]

  • Spotlight On: Comma Press

    April 7, 2020

    Why did you start Comma Press? To mess with the ways artists and cultural products, like books, rise into public consciousness. Too often artists ‘break through’ because aspects of the their personality, self-cultivated image or backstory fit with existing narratives about ‘the artist’; consequently, the art world tends to privilege the already privileged. To re-level […]