Chuffed by MacGuffin
Two of my short stories are being reissued on Comma Press’s new digital publishing platform, MacGuffin, when it launches in June. The stories – Letters Home and A Missing Person’s Inquiry – are free to read in text form or to listen to. The audio version of the first story is voiced by a professional actor while the second is a recording of a reading I gave at a live-literature event in Manchester.
MacGuffin is a free website and app for user-generated content (fiction, poetry, non-fiction), enabling published and unpublished writers to upload their work for readers to access and read or listen to via PC, smartphone or tablet.
The project is a collaboration between the Manchester-based independent publisher Comma Press, Manchester Metropolitan University and fffunction, a web design agency, and is supported by the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts. Jim Hinks, Digital Editor at Comma, said, “In a conservative publishing climate where too many wonderful writers go unread, MacGuffin will encourage discovery and cross-pollination – a place where readers can discover exciting new talent, and writers can access new audiences.”
Although the platform doesn’t go fully live until next month, to have a sneak preview of the web browser version follow this link.