Extract of new novel in Gutter 10

An extract from my novel in progress (very loose working title Thicker Than Water) appears in the current issue of Gutter magazine. I’m delighted to be in such fine company!

Gutter 10


Call for submissions, Out There

This year I’ll be editing Out There, a new anthology of LGBT writing from Scotland, to be published by Freight Books in the autumn. As well as commissioning work, we have an open call for submissions.

The deadline is 30th April 2014.

The anthology is a Cultural Commission for LGBT History Month, so look out for events during February!

Catch up

New year, new resolution to keep my blog updated. So here are links to a couple of articles I’ve written recently for the Scottish Review of Books, one on The Home Corner by Ruth Thomas and one on Glasgow’s ‘forgotten feminist’, Marion Bernstein.


Marion Bernstein’s collected poems are now available – after many, many years – in this impressive and valuable edition edited by Edward H Cohen, Anne R Fertig and Linda Fleming, published by the ASLS.

And here, quite gratuitously, is one of the slides that I showed at the Pecha Kucha event on the opening night of the new Vic Bar at Glasgow School of Art:

lesbian avengers

I was talking about one of my favourite subjects, Glasgow Women’s Library. Our fantastic 21 Revolutions project can be supported on Kickstarter here.

Edinburgh Review launch

I have a short story called ‘Zugenruhe’ in the new edition of the Edinburgh Review. The first thing I had published was an extract from Negative Space (the chapter titled ‘Getting Away’) in ER 103, back in 2000, so it is very nice indeed to be returning for issue 138, What Light Remains. I remember being terrified to the point of fear of impending vomit about reading at the launch back then. Nerves don’t quite go away, but I’m really looking forward to reading at this one!
Friday August 23rd, 6.30pm
Word Power Books, Edinburgh


New Writing Scotland launch

I’ll be presenting the Edinburgh launch of New Writing Scotland 31, Black Middens, at Blackwell’s on South Bridge at 6pm on Tuesday 27th August.

Volume 31 is the biggest yet, with more than eighty contributors including well-known names like Shena Mackay, John Burnside, Cynthia Rogerson, Kevin MacNeil, Stewart Conn, Jen Hadfield, Pippa Little . . . I’ll stop there or this post will be enormous. Carl and I have also been delighted to include new writers published here for the very first time. Readers for the event are still to be confirmed but it should be a great evening. I’m hoping to meet some of the writers I know only on the page.

This event is ticketed, but FREE. Tickets are available from the front desk at Blackwell’s or contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

I’ve used Willie Rodger’s lovely cover for Black Middens before, so here’s a cool picture of Shena Mackay’s debut from a piece about her on the City Lights blog instead (there are some pretty cool pictures of the author too):


21 Revolutions at Edinburgh Book Fringe

August is starting to look nice and busy with events! Louise and I will be presenting our short story ‘Anyone Who Had a Heart’, co-written for Glasgow Women’s Library’s 21 Revolutions project, at the Edinburgh Book Fringe. The event is at 1pm on 22nd August in the wonderful Word Power Books. Free and no need to book in advance – just turn up, listen and take part in the discussion!

The story (as well as being an homage to Dusty Springfield) was inspired by this fascinating item we discovered in the archive at GWL. If you need to know the answer to questions such as ‘Are homosexuals dangerous?’ this is the publication for you.


The 21 Revolutions exhibition, featuring prints by top Scottish artists inspired by GWL’s collections, is on at the Royal Scottish Academy during the Festival.

Black Middens: NWS 31

NWS31 cover

Black Middens: New Writing Scotland 31 has just been published by the Association of Scottish Literary Studies, edited by Carl MacDougall and myself. New Writing Scotland is the principal forum for poetry and short fiction in Scotland today, and every year publishes the very best from emerging and established writers. There are some amazing stories and poems in this year’s anthology, from very well known authors and from writers who are making their first steps towards publication – and also, in fact, from modest, accomplished writers who should be read and acclaimed far more widely than they seem to be. I don’t want to say which are my favourites, but there are pieces here that blew me away. I hope our readers will be able to say the same!

To find out more or to buy a copy, click here.