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International Arts Manager

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

International Arts Manager is the leading business magazine for the performing arts industry worldwide. 

With subscribers in Hong Kong, Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, Sydney, Johannesburg, and London, it is a hub of conversation for professionals working in opera, dance, theatre, circus and classical music, as well as the architects, sound experts, and stage designers and technicians building the venues of the future. 

IAM is owned by Lewis Business Media, based in East Sussex, whilst the editorial team is headed up by Manchester journalist and writer Maria Roberts here at AWOL studios.

Maria and her writers regularly travel to report on the arts: trying out theatre festivals in Sibiu, beer and Beethoven in Barcelona, flamenco in Madrid, conducting competitions in Copenhagen, and dropping in at symphony cycles in Singapore.

For more than 25 years IAM magazine has connected with Arts Councils, Ministries of Culture, European Capital of Culture hosts, and performing arts conferences and membership organisations worldwide to curate a global conversation on the business of the arts. 


Comma Press

Monday, September 26th, 2016

Comma Press is a not-for-profit publishing initiative 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).

Something happens in good short stories that’s quite unique to them as a form; the imaginary worlds they create are coloured slightly differently to those of the novel. Their protagonists are more independent and intriguing. The realities they depict more arbitrary, accidental and amoral. Comma believes British publishing is missing out on something in its neglect of the short story, and to make up for it we are currently the most prolific hard copy publisher of short stories in the country.

‘We are living through a golden moment in the history of the short story…Eudora Welty called [her editor] William Maxwell “the headquarters”. I’m not sure where the headquarters of the current excitement lies – somewhere between McSweeney’s in America and Comma in Manchester, perhaps…’ – The Guardian.

‘It’s not too great a stretch to see Comma as the literary equivalent of Factory Records.’ –  The Herald.

Named as one of the ‘Top Six Publishers Outside of London’ – New Statesman, Oct 2012.



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