Posts Tagged ‘Comma Press’

Digital Arts Projects Funding Workshop

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Digital Arts Projects Funding Workshop

Title: Digital Arts Projects Funding Workshop
Location: Manchester Digital Development Agency 117-119 Portland St, Manchester M1 6ED

Description: Are you considering making a Grants for the Arts funding application for an arts project with a digital focus? Arts Council England and Literature Northwest are hosting a one-off seminar on how to optimise your GftA application.
Date: 25-04-2013
Start Time: 13:00
End Time: 15:00




The session will cover:

  • The kind of digital arts projects ACE will fund.
  •  A step-by-step guide to key sections of the application form.
Examples of successful and unsuccessful applications (and the reasons for this).
  • Advice from MDDA on what makes a successful and innovative arts/digital project, and how to find suitable digital collaborators.
  • The opportunity for a one-on-one session with Alison Boyle of ACE, to discuss the preparation of your application.

While the session will specifically focus on literature/digital projects, the advice and outcomes will be applicable to all art forms (Theatre, Music, Visual Arts etc).

To book your place, please email Katie Slade ( with your name, your contact details, the name of your organisation and the art-from you work in.

**If you’ve already begun to plan a specific project, and would like a 10-minute one-on-one session with Alison Boyle of Arts Council England, please let us know in your email.**

Icelandic Short Stories and Films with Agust Borgþor Sverrisson

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Short Stories

Title: Icelandic Short Stories and Films with Agust Borgþor Sverrisson
Location: MadLab
Date: 24-01-2013
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 21:00







A rare opportunity to hear one of Iceland’s most exciting writers, and author of the acclaimed, Twice in a Lifetime.

Tonight’s reading will be accompanied by the screening of two short films based on Icelandic short stories. Vera Juliasdottir’s ‘The Magician’ based on a short story by Jon Atli Jonasson, and Heimir Freyr Hlöðversson’s ‘Disappear (Hverfa)’, based on Agust’s own short story ‘Disappearing into the World’.

Bio-Punk: stories from the far side of research

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Bio Punk

Title: Bio-Punk: stories from the far side of research
Location: MadLab
Description: With authors Jane Feaver and Gregory Norminton and scientists Dr. Melissa Baxter and Dr. Nihal Vrana.
Date: 13-10-2012
Start Time: 18:00
End Time: 20:00
Booking: tickets here





Programmable memories, fatherless reproduction, nano-tech implants, amphibian-powered scar treatment, brain-scanning lie-detectors, inter-species reproduction, self-determining synthetic ‘green goo’… Which of these would you wager is pure science fiction, and which currently being developed in the lab?

Tonight’s event features writers and scientists discussing the grey area between fantasy and genuine scientific research, and explores those areas where bio-medical research is perhaps moving faster than we’d like.
Hosted by Comma Press.

Bokeh_Yeah! Film Narrative Session

Friday, November 11th, 2011

I went along to the latest Bokeh_Yeah! session last night at Madlab on Edge Street in the Northern Quarter. Sadly I missed the last one on lighting so I was determined to make this one. I had a bit of a blonde moment when I arrived, wandering in to the building next door, heading up the stairs to the second floor thinking I’m sure it didn’t look like this last time, before I conceded that I had indeed made a mistake and I was in the wrong building. The sign for MadLab is quite discreet, just a small one by the door. I wandered out again and then headed through the right door and up the stairs grateful to see Adele and two new people who were not at the last session I went to. This session was on Film Narrative. Ra Page of Comma Press, led us very concisely through the Three Act Structure of Conflict, Escalation and Resolution, common devices such as the best friend and the false friend and the 7 story plots (some say 3, some say 8 ) which all dramatic films conform to, and which also apply to story writing. (more…)

Lemistry launch

Monday, September 5th, 2011


Title: Lemistry launch
Location: MadLab
Description: Stanislaw Lem: A Celebration With readings and talks from Annie Clarkson, Trevor Hoyle and Wojciech Orlisnki, plus others tbc.
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2011-12-02
End Time: 21:00

A Celebration, with readings and talks from Annie Clarkson, Trevor Hoyle and Wojciech Orlisnki, plus others tbc.

The Eastern Bloc’s answer to Philip K Dick? The forefather of sci-fi comedy? Alleged inventor of virtual reality, nanotech-warfare, eBooks, The Sims computer game… etc, etc. Stanislaw Lem has many titles, accolades and credits, but his influence is felt more widely than his name is known. Tonight sees the Manchester launch of Lemistry – a celebration of the great Polish writer’s legacy featuring previously untranslated work and a host of stories and essays responding to, and influenced by, his visions.

A Celebration of the Work of Stanislaw Lem

Edited by Ra Page and Magda Raczynsk


We ‘know’ Stanislaw Lem, whether or not we consciously know that we do.

He may only be recognised in the West as the author of the twice-filmed novel, Solaris, but the influence of his other work is legion. From computer games (The Sims was inspired by one of his short stories), to films (the red and blue pills of The Matrix owe much to his Futurological Congress); from the space comedies of Red Dwarf to the metaphysical satires of Douglas Adams… the presence of this masterly Polish writer can be traced far and wide. Nor was his genius confined to fiction. Lem’s essays and pseudo-essays – borne out of the military industrial tensions of the Cold War – have outlived their original context and speak to the most current developments in virtual reality, nanotechnology, and artificial intelligence.

To celebrate his name, as well as his vision, this anthology brings together writers, critics and scientists who continue to grapple with his concerns. British and Polish novelists join screenwriters, poets, computer engineers, and artists, to celebrate and explore Lem’s legacy through short stories and essays – two literary forms that, as Lem knew well, can blend together to create something altogether new.

As one of the barriers to Lem’s fame was language, this book also features specially commissioned translations: three stories never to have appeared in English before.

Lem was always ahead of us. It’s time we caught up.Polish Cultural InstitutePolish Book Institute

More information here.

This event has been made possible by the support and co-commissioning of the Polish Cultural Institute.

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