Pippa is a Novelist and Short Story writer with a PhD in Astronomy. She was awarded a New Writers Award in 2012 by the Scottish Book Trust and her novel 'The Falling Sky' was runner-up in the Dundee International Book Prize. Her latest collection, 'The Need For Better Regulation Of Outer Space', is clever and entertaining, exploring stories about science and scientists.
Gary Budden is one of the founders of Influx Press, an independent publisher dedicated to publishing stories from the margins of culture, specific geographical spaces, and sites of resistance. He was kind enough to take some time to speak with us about Influx, independent publishing, and their recently launched kickstarter.
Unsung Stories is an independent publisher of 'literary and ambition speculative fiction'. They are making the news at the moment with the launch of a Kickstarter for 2084, a short story collection of dystopian fiction. At the time of publishing the book has achieved more than twice its funding goal, and shows no sign of slowing. George Sandison, Unsung's Managing Editor, was kind enough to talk to us about the project..
Dead Ink is an independent publisher, based in Liverpool and Manchester, doing a lot of exciting work. I had a chance to speak with its founder, Nathan, about his experiences setting up the press, the Northern Fiction Alliance, participatory publishing, and the way Dead Ink nurture and encourage new and exciting writers.
Sophie's short story 'Grace' won The White Review Short Story Prize this year. She has also been published in Tank Magazine, Neon, and Valve Journal.
She is currently working on a book about an all-female community on an oil rig at the end of the world.