New Writing Scotland is the principal forum for poetry and short fiction in Scotland today. Every year it publishes the very best from both emerging and established writers, and lists many of the leading literary lights of Scotland among its past (and present) contributors. nobody remembers the birdman: New Writing Scotland 40 is the latest collection of excellent contemporary literature, drawn from a wide cross-section of Scottish culture and society, and includes new work from forty-five authors – some award-winning and internationally renowned, and some just beginning their careers.
Borders exist as the in-between, thresholds that belong to both and neither side… In the new issue of The Bottle Imp we explore borders and the Borders.
- Editorial: Notional Boundaries
- Kate Ash-Irisarri: ‘England And Scotland Here Impartially Divide’: Contentions At The Anglo-Scottish Border
- Hugh McMillan: D & G Literature
- Kirsti Wishart: Lost In The Landscape: From Balfour To Bond
- Julia Ditter: Reading Scotland’s Borders Through The Environment
- Ian W. Landles: William H. Ogilvie (1869–1963): From Outback To Border Poet
UPON ANOTHER POINT:
- Dorothy McMillan: Rural Realism
Stop Press! A new edition of The Bottle Imp thumbs through the inky pages of the nation’s print media, and looks at Scotland in the Papers.
- Editorial: What I love about newspapers is their etaoin shrill
- ‘[…] A distant country from which I now live’ – Walter Scott, the Voiceless, and Blackwood’s Highland Gothic (Oliver Robinson-Sivyer)
- ‘A Restless Intellect’: Florence Dixie (1855–1905) (Valentina Bold)
- “We Never Get Ony Fun Here!” – The Scottish Comic Strip Oor Wullie (Anne Guenther)
- Women and the Scottish Press – The Curious Case of Jessie M. King(s) (Charlotte Lauder and Karen Mailley-Watt)
UPON ANOTHER POINT
- The Reception of Sir Walter Scott in Italy After 1945 (Arianna Granata)
- You Don’t Know What You’ve Got Till It’s Gone: Ecofiction and Social Realism (Tracy Patrick)
We are delighted to announce that Dràma na Gàidhlig: Ceud Bliadhna air an Àrd-ùrlar / A Century of Gaelic Drama, edited by Michelle Macleod, has won the Donald Meek Prize for Best Non-fiction Book at the Gaelic Literature Awards 2021.
At the awards ceremony, which took place online, Michelle Macleod said:
‘Tha mi glè thoilichte sin a chluinntinn! Chan ann dìreach dhomh fhìn ach cuideachd airson dràma agus a h-uile duine a tha an sàs ann an dràma Gàidhlig. Anns an linn seo agus an tè mu dheireadh, tha iad air obair iongantach a dhèanamh agus tha mi an dòchas gu bheil seo a ’toirt dhaibh, agus an cruth ealain seo, an aithne a tha iad airidh air. Tha mi air mo dhòigh! Bu mhath leam taing a thoirt dha na sgrìobhadairean aig a bheil obair anns an leabhar agus dhaibhsan aig nach eil an obair san leabhar; na cleasaichean, na stiùirichean a bha ag obair air na dealbhan-cluiche seo agus gu sònraichte dha ASLS a dh ’fhoillsich an leabhar agus a thug taic dhomh fhad‘ s a bha mi ga chuir ri chèile’.
‘I’m very happy to hear that! Not just for myself but also for drama and everyone who is involved in Gaelic drama. In this century and the last, they have done amazing work and I hope that this gives them, and this art form, the recognition they deserve. I’m delighted! I would like to thank the writers whose work features in the book and those whose work is not in the book; the actors, the directors who worked on these plays and especially to ASLS who published the book and supported me while I was putting it together’.
To buy a copy of Dràma na Gàidhlig, visit our bookshop.
We are very pleased to announce that Dràma na Gàidhlig: Ceud Bliadhna air an Àrd-ùrlar / A Century of Gaelic Drama has been shortlisted for the Donald Meek Award for Best Non-fiction Book at the Gaelic Literature Awards 2021.
The collection, number 50 in our Annual Volume series and edited by Michelle Macleod, is a celebration of an often-overlooked genre, bringing together eight Gaelic plays from the start of the twentieth century to the present day. Accessible to non-Gaelic speakers, this book contains English translations as well as an introduction to the history of Gaelic theatre, and to the playwrights whose skill and commitment to their art deserves much wider recognition.
Dràma na Gàidhlig is shortlisted alongside Eachdraidh le Càirdeas is Cridhe: Ainmean-àite Ceann a Tuath Leòdhais / History with Heart and Soul: The Place-names of North Lewis, Comunn Eachdraidh Nis & Dr Rachel Barrowman (Acair) and Iain mac Mhurchaidh: The Life and Work of John MacRae, Kintail and North Carolina, edited by Màiri Sìne Campbell (Scottish Gaelic Texts Society). Prizes will be awarded on Thursday 16th September 2021 at an online event to be broadcast on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
To view the Gaelic Literature Awards 2021 shortlists, click here.
To buy a copy of Dràma na Gàidhlig, visit our bookshop.
Submissions are invited for New Writing Scotland 40, publishing in summer 2022. New Writing Scotland publishes works by writers resident in Scotland or Scots by birth, upbringing or inclination. All forms of writing are invited.
Autobiography and memoirs; creative responses to events and experiences; drama; graphic artwork (monochrome only); poetry; political and cultural commentary and satire; screenplays; short fiction; travel writing or any other creative prose may be submitted. The work may be in any of the languages of Scotland.
We have limited space in each edition, and therefore shorter pieces are more suitable – although longer items of exceptional quality may still be included. A maximum length of 3,500 words is suggested. Please send no more than four poems, or one prose work. Successful contributors will be paid at a rate of £25 per published page.
Submission is free. For further guidelines and to submit, please visit our Submittable page.
Deadline: Sunday 31 October 2021 at 23:59
New Writing Scotland is the principal forum for poetry and short fiction in Scotland today. Every year it publishes the very best from both emerging and established writers, and lists many of the leading literary lights of Scotland among its past (and present) contributors. Break in Case of Silence: New Writing Scotland 39 is the latest collection of excellent contemporary literature, drawn from a wide cross-section of Scottish culture and society, and includes new work from thirty-seven authors – some award-winning and internationally renowned, and some just beginning their careers.