Last week saw the launch of number 29 in the long line of New Writing Scotland the annual publication from the Association for Scottish Literary Studies. Under the experienced editorship of Carl McDougall (who has been associated with NWS many times over the years) and Alan Bissett, The flight of the turtle features new work from over 90 writers based in Scotland. This year’s title comes from a poem by Sheena Blackhall – who though very well-known for her work in Scots is here unexpectedly writing in English.
At the Edinburgh launch at Blackwell’s the line-up of readers included some familiar names plus a new poet with his first published work. Prose was represented by David Manderson and Rosa Macpherson and poetry by Fiona Ritchie Walker, Vivien Jones, newcomer Richard Cook, and Valerie Gillies who closed the proceedings.
You can remind yourself of the previous 28 volumes in a distinguished publishing history by checking
the National Library of Scotland catalogue here