Next week brings with it one of Comma’s most jam-packed week of events yet! With several new titles on the horizon, we are going to be hosting events across the country. Limited tickets are left if you want to come and support Comma’s fantastic authors as they talk about our upcoming releases.


The Book Of Dhaka‘ tour sees two of the collections contributors travelling across the country to bring these translated tales to English-speaking audiences for the first time. Author Syed Manzoorul Islam, a professor of English at the University of Dhaka, who has published eight volumes of short stories and four novels in Bengali, as well as a volume of self-translated stories in English: The Merman’s Prayer and Other Stories will be joined by translator and editor Pushpita Alam, the managing editor of English language publishing house Bengal Lights, and the Dhaka Translation Centre:

13th October – The Book of Dhaka at the Ideas Store in Whitechapel, London, starts 18:45

Free event but RSVP on Eventbrite here

15th October – The Book of Dhaka at Manchester Literature Festival, Central Library at 15:00

£7/£5 tickets and more information here

16th October – The Book of Dhaka at Ilkley Literature Festival, St. Margaret’s Hall at 16:45

£5/£3 tickets and more information here


Meanwhile, award-winning author and editor of ‘Iraq+100Hassan Blasim is back in the UK and will be talking about the three years of work that went into putting together a collection of ten stories by Iraqi writers, who were given the brief of imagining an Iraq of the future. You can see Hassan at the following events:

14th October – Iraq+100 at Ilkley Literature Festival, St. Margaret’s Hall at 19:30

Part of the Festival Director’s Top Picks, £5/£3 tickets and more information here

15th October – Iraq+100 at London Literature Festival, Southbank Centre at 16:00

£8 tickets and more information available here


A couple other events Comma is hosting this month: firstly Refugee Tales will be at Manchester Literature Festival on the 20th October, there are limited tickets left already and you can find more information about that event here. Also upcoming release Thought X will be part of the Manchester Science Festival and our event is at Godlee Observatory on the 26th October, very limited availability so if you’re a fan of our science into fiction series book sooner rather than later.

Lastly don’t forget the National Creative Writing Graduate Fair, hosted by Comma, is on the 4th November. Book your place today for the chance to enjoy panels and workshops with publishing professionals or your chance to pitch to a literary agent. So far some of the speakers, organisation and agents confirmed to be attending include: SYP, Waterstones, Conville & Walsh, Del Ray, Blake Friedman Associates, Peter Fraser Dunlop, Susannah Lea Associates, Curtis Brown and award-winning author and creative writing graduate, Kit de Waal, as the keynote speaker.



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