THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED. Unfortunately due to an injury sustained by a panellist meaning they cannot travel, this event is now cancelled. The Comma Press workshop for kids is going ahead as planned.
This unique event is a must for contemporary storytellers, social justice activists and protestors.
The Cuckoo Cage Project: a panel with Comma Press brings together iconic non-profit Manchester publisher Comma Press and authors and historians for a panel discussion of The Cuckoo Cage project.
The Cuckoo Cage project tasked 12 authors with reimagining the British superhero, for now – inspired by true events from protests in British history. With work by authors lisa luxx, Irfan Master, Bidisha and Avaes Mohammad, food banks and statue toppling take centre stage as real-life folk heroes are reimagined, celebrated and given historical context in this brilliant anthology of short stories.
‘Clever and insightful, this book might inspire people to look deeper into alternative narratives and think about how, even without superpowers, action can be taken.’ – Fiendfully Reading
Courttia Newland is an editor, screenwriter and author of eight books including his much-lauded debut, The Scholar. His most recent novel, A River Called Time, was longlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize.
Bidisha is a broadcaster, journalist and film-maker. She specialises in human rights, social justice and the arts and offers political analysis, arts critique and cultural diplomacy tying these interests together. She writes for the main UK broadsheets and broadcasts for BBC TV and radio, ITN, CNN, ViacomCBS and Sky News. Her fifth book Asylum and Exile: Hidden Voices of London, is based on her outreach work in UK prisons, refugee charities and detention centres.
Dr Richard Sheldon is senior lecturer in social and economic history at the University of Bristol. He is working on a book The Politics of Bread in Eighteenth Century Britain and is also currently working on global histories of protest movements.
Rose Wallis is a senior lecturer in British Social History and Associate Director of the Regional History Centre at the University of West England. Rose’s published research considers the dynamic relationship between the law and society, with a particular focus on the regional judiciary, criminal justice and social protest. She works with a number of heritage partners on public engagement with criminal justice histories and their relevance in the present.
Ra Page is the CEO and Founder of Comma Press. He has edited over 20 anthologies, including The City Life Book of Manchester Short Stories (Penguin, 1999), The New Uncanny (winner of the Shirley Jackson Award, 2008), and most recently Resist: Stories of Uprising (2019). He is a former journalist and has also worked as a producer and director on a number of short films.