Special guests

Jim Hinks is an editor at Comma Press, the Manchester-based independent publisher specialising in short fiction. In 2005 Comma established a translation imprint, with the remit of bringing the best foreign short fiction to an English-reading audience. Since then Comma has published 3 anthologies of European short stories, an anthology of short stories form the Middle East, and single author collections by Empar Moliner (Catalan), Maike Wetzel (German), Arnon Grunberg (Dutch), Gyrðir Elíasson (Icelandic) and Hassan Blasim (Arabic), with forthcoming collections from Mirja Unge (Swedish), Nedim Gursel (Turkish), Ágúst Borgþór Sverrisson (Icelandic), Emil Hakl (Czech), Pawel Huelle (Polish) and Ala Hlehel (Arabic). More info at www.commapress.co.uk.

Lee Brackstone is Publishing Director for Fiction and Popular Culture titles at Faber and Faber, where he has worked since 1996. His authors include Petina Gappah, Sarah Hall, Rohinton Mistry, Andrew O’Hagan, David Peace, DBC Pierre, and Simon Reynolds.