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Independent Publishing Day: The Northern Fiction Alliance

Saturday 10th March   6:15pm

Venue: The Sanctuary, Lancaster Library, 18 – 20 Market Street, Lancaster LA1 1HY

Tickets:  £11/£9 or SPECIAL OFFER INDEPENDENTS COMBO £24/£20 for three events

Tickets can be purchased in a variety of ways: AVAILABLE NOW!

In Person: Lancaster and Morecambe Visitor Information Centres

Online here (Single ticket event) or here (Independent Publishing Day Combo)

By Phone: 01524  598500/ 01524 582808

Litfest are delighted to present an exclusive panel of industry  experts with a special northern perspective. Representing four members of the Northern Fiction Alliance Rebecca Parkinson from Comma Press, Kevin Duffy from Bluemoose Books and Nathan Connolly from Dead Ink gather together to give you a unique insight into the rapidly changing  world of independent publishing.  

Unfortunately the representative from Saraband is no longer able to attend due to a bereavement.

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Comma Press are a not-for-profit publishing initiative based in Manchester dedicated to promoting new writing, with an emphasis on the short story. It is committed to a spirit of risk-taking and challenging publishing, free of the commercial pressures on mainstream houses. In April 2012, Comma became one of the Arts Council’s new National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs).


Bluemoose Books are an independent publisher based in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire. They were founded in 2006 by husband and wife team Kevin and Hetha Duffy as a reaction to the rise in ‘celebrity books’ flooding the market. They believe stories are transformative and delight in finding new talent. Through innovative marketing they have continue to bring their prize-winning books to an international audience.


Dead ink

Dead Ink are an independent press based in Liverpool. They believe that there are brilliant authors out there who may not yet be known or commercially viable. They see it as Dead Ink’s job to bring the most challenging and experimental new writing out from the underground and present it to their audience in the most beautiful way possible. Their readers form an integral part of their team. You don’t  simply buy a Dead Ink book, you invest in the authors and the books you love. Their books have three times made the shortlist for The Saboteur Awards, the longlists for both The Guardian’s First Book Award and Not the Booker Prize, and the longlist for the Edge Hill Short Story Award.


Saraband are a creative independent publisher based in Salford striving to offer their readers something a little bit different. They love to read books that are imaginative, sometimes offbeat, always original, and are committed to working with the writers and designers who inspire them  and thus, hopefully, their readers. They work in three main areas fiction, non-fiction and digital publishing.