The Bookblast 10×10 Tour – Birmingham & Leeds: A Tale of Two Cities

Thursday 20 September • Waterstones, Leeds • 6.30 p.m.

Chair: Sarah Cleave, publishing manager, Comma Press (groundbreaking short stories) is based in Manchester with a mission to put the short story at the heart of contemporary narrative culture.

C.D. Rose has written stories set in different cities around the world, published in Best British Stories 2018, Gorse, The Lonely Crowd and Lighthouse magazines, and Comma’s Parenthesis and Book of Birmingham anthologies. @cdrose_writer

Book focus: The Book of Birmingham: A City in Short Fiction, (September 2018), edited by Kavita Bhanot, is part of Comma’s popular “Reading the City” series. Bringing together fiction from some of the city’s most talented writers, The Book of Birmingham showcases and celebrates original and unusual writing, in all its forms.

Ian Duhig was the eighth of eleven children born to Irish parents with a liking for poetry. He has won several competitions and awards and his short stories have featured in various Comma Press anthologies. @ianduhig

Book focus: The Book of Leeds: A City in Short Fiction, (2006), edited by Tom Palmer & Maria Crossan, is a collection of stories that take place at oblique angles to the larger events in the city’s history, or against wider currents that have shaped the social and cultural landscape of today’s Leeds: a modern city with both problems and promise.

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