• Short stories take front stage in festivals around Europe

    By on Aug. 14, 2013

    We speak to Jim Hinks, translation editor and new writing manager at Comma Press, which is dedicated to promoting new writing with an emphasis on the short story. The Manchester-based publishing house first set up the European short story network in 2011, along with a handful of continental literature professionals

  • Poland, land of ‘IT’ girls, home of 'she-geeks'

    By on May 16, 2013
    More than 40% of Generation Yers intend to set up a company within the next three years, the result of a rigid and suffocating marketplace that has rendered 14% of Poles unemployed. And it doesn’t stop there. Within the staggering youth unemployment rate (26%), the numbers are a lot more unforgiving (30%) for young women under 25
  • Tightening the belt

    By on Jan. 23, 2013
    As we enter the fifth year of economic downturn in 2013, Europeans keep ‘tightening their belts’ whilst agreeing that they live ‘in a period of lean cows’ – idiom of the week