About the Northern Fiction Alliance

The Northern Fiction Alliance was founded in 2016 by Comma Press, having been awarded an International Showcasing Grant from Arts Council England. Comma’s proposal for the grant was to take 4 independent Northern publishers - Peepal Tree PressAnd Other StoriesDead Ink, and Comma Press - to a number of international book fairs under the group identity of the 'Northern Fiction Alliance', where they could showcase and sell the work of their exciting and diverse authors in order to help build a strong cultural identity of British writing, as well as publishing based in the North of England.

Since the initial proposal, the Alliance has expanded to also include Bluemoose Books, Tilted Axis Press, Mayfly Press, and Saraband, and details for the books of all eight publishers are made available on this website.

So far the Northern Fiction Alliance has travelled to Frankfurt Book Fair, the world's largest publishing event, where each of the publishing houses engaged in rights meetings with publishers from around the world. They’ll all be attending again in 2017, with an even greater presence which will include a shared stand of their own. Prior to that, members will be attending Book Expo America in May, as well as hosting a selection of skill sharing workshops in the North of England. The initial project will come to an end near the beginning of 2018, after a final showcasing event at the London Book Fair.

The purpose of forming the Northern Fiction Alliance was to work towards the following goals:

  • Exposure to new markets abroad and establishing relationships with international publishers as a result of this.
  • Increased revenue for writers and publishers through international rights sales.
  • Increased author visibility across the international stage, through events and media coverage.
  • Raising authors’ standing at home (by making their work globally recognised).
  • To form a working collective structure that provides mentoring and support through the sharing of contacts, skills and resources.
  • Positioning Northern writing and publishing as a culturally distinct product on a global stage.
  • To increase the resilience of the emerging, domestic fiction market in England.

The Northern Fiction Alliance in the Press

Launch of the Northern Fiction Alliance in The Bookseller

The implications of Brexit on publishing as the Northern Fiction Alliance travel to FBF in The Bookseller

Bluemoose, Tilted Axis and Mayfly join Northern Fiction Alliance, reported in The Bookseller

Ra Page is interviewed by Publishing Perspectives about the values, formation, and future of the Northern Fiction Alliance