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Recently I wrote about The Midnight Letterbox: Selected Correspondence 1950- 2010, a collection of Edwin Morgan’s letters edited by James McGonigal and John Coyle, for the Scottish Review of Books. You can read what I thought here.
Morgan, second from left, wearing a kilt in Kiev as part of a cultural delegation in 1955.
Out There is in print at last and looking beautiful, thanks to everyone at Freight Books! And the contents are pretty good too, with stellar contributions from Ali Smith, Jackie Kay, Louise Welsh, Ronald Frame, Christopher Whyte, Kirsty Logan, Allan Radcliffe and many, many more. I am particularly pleased to have been able to include so many writers I admire, including some who have been an inspiration to me for many years. At the same time, I’ve discovered exciting new voices who will, I believe, go on to publish many more works in the future. The book is already attracting some lovely review coverage:
‘the work in this collection from both established and emerging writers is as moving as it is brilliantly written, and the opportunity to have them all in one place is irresistible.’ The List
‘this sophisticated and mature volume does a great deal more than simply tackle the heterosexual viewpoint that dominates most Scottish literary work, especially in very male-dominated stories. The short stories, poems and non-fiction collected here all put lesbian women and gay men at the centre of society and the centre of the story. But they do so in such a casual and easeful way that it almost feels as though the centre of society and the centre of the story are a place they have always occupied.’ Sunday Herald
The anthology would not have been possible without funding from LGBT History Month Scotland – thank you very much indeed for that, and to the Royal Society of Edinburgh, who also contributed to production costs.
GLASGOW LAUNCH coming up: Mono, Thursday 13th November, 7pm! All welcome.