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MILKING THE HAGGIS

New Writing Scotland 21

Edited by Valerie Thornton & Hamish Whyte
with Maoilios Caimbeul, Gaelic Adviser

Published in: Paperback.
By: Association for Scottish Literary Studies, Glasgow, March 2004.
Price: £6.95
ISBN 978-0-948877-57-5

Cover image: Stephanie Black



  • Bringing Back Some Brightness is out of print.

Welcome – New Writing Scotland comes of age with its 21st birthday!
    We had over 1100 submissions, from nearly 400 writers, and have had fun selecting 71 pieces from 52 writers.
    We were encouraged by the range of writing that emerged and the sheer originality of much of it. We have humorous paeans to carrots and to shell-suits; we have a surreal heron, a leg-fetishist, stigmata, cannibalism and cold-blooded brutality; we have dry humour, gentle psychological probing, and deep compassion for outsiders from other countries or with other mentalities or on the other side of life; we have mainland writing and writing from over the water, from both the Western Isles and from the Northern Isles; by contrast, we also have work inspired by distant Lagos; we have writing that places a powerful emphasis on our sense of hearing; and we have chosen the title, Milking the Haggis, because it encapsulates the intriguing unexpectedness, combined with a sense of Scottishness, that characterises the essence of this anthology.
    Astute regular readers may have noticed that the contents of at least 14 of the previous twenty NWS volumes have been arranged alphabetically by author. As we are the two most end-of-the-alphabet editors yet, we might like to redress this imbalance on behalf of our alphabetically-challenged fellows — watch this space!
    We hope you enjoy this collection and if you were unlucky enough not to be selected for this issue, please don’t be put off from submitting to New Writing Scotland 22. As you can see, competition is fierce, and the standard of much that we could not include was also very high.
    We look forward to reading your work and hope you enjoy reading our choices here.

Valerie Thornton
Hamish Whyte

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Contents

  • James Aitchison..........Home Truths
  • Liam Murray Bell..........The First Day of Christmas
  • Neil Cocker..........Milking the Haggis
  • Linda Cracknell..........Still by the Pool
  • David Cunningham..........Stop Out
  • Mike Dillon..........Insufferable Romantics
  • Angus Dunn..........Many Legs / Stealing / Misplaced
  • Alexis Ferguson..........The Spying Game / The Siblings in the Cupboard
  • Rody Gorman..........An Àirc-Mheala / Beàrnan Brėde
  • Charlie Gracie..........Coming of Age
  • Stephanie Green..........The Lunatic Laundress
  • Jen Hadfield..........Thrimilce—Isbister
  • Paul De Havilland..........Widow
  • Linda Henderson..........Moon Fat Heron
  • Brent Hodgson..........An Ecclesiastical Song in Praise of Karrottes
  • Carla Jetko..........Kitchen Aubade
  • Alan Knox..........Shell Suits
  • Norman Kreitman..........Mr Pink’s Afternoon / Daft Georgie
  • Helen Lamb..........Revolving Door / Late Now
  • Douglas Lipton..........Allan
  • Christine De Luca..........O for da Wings / Existential Paraglidin in Turkey
  • Lynda McDonald..........An Allotment in Eden
  • Stuart R. Macdonald..........Click
  • Ian McDonough..........Thriller
  • Jim McGonigal..........from The Little Book of Days
  • Mary McIntosh..........A Tidy Daith / Kirrie Den
  • Martin MacIntyre..........Eaglais ga Saoradh / Aogasg na h-ighinn Uibhistich
  • David S. Mackenzie..........Michael
  • Olivia McMahon..........English as a Foreign Language
  • Iain Mac a’ Phearsain..........Aois na-leth shùla / Dràibhear-tacsi a ’s an Eilan
  • Michael Malone..........A Daughter’s Diary
  • Andy Manders..........wee girl / bairnie sang
  • Lyn Moir..........Sea Leopard / Not Exactly a David / Mapmaker
  • Michael Munro..........Snapshot
  • Anne B. Murray..........Grandma’s Review of The Barber of Seville
  • Donald S. Murray..........A Crofter’s Marriage
  • Tracy Patrick..........Silent Train
  • Olive M. Ritch..........Making Tracks / Too Big for Her Books
  • Lesley Sargent..........An Ignorance of Sound
  • Andrew M. Scott..........from Visions of Adhamnàn / The Lights of Las Cruces
  • Frances Sessford..........Caring for Mr Lewis
  • Morelle Smith..........In the Jazz Café
  • Yvonne Spence..........Tea or Cocoa
  • Gary Steven..........Bar Work
  • Mike Stocks..........Princes Street Gardens / Piano Stool in Tollcross
  • Alison Swinfen..........Jam / A Pregnant Pause
  • Judith Taylor..........Land o’ the Free
  • Sheila Templeton..........Hot Chick
  • Fiona Ritchie Walker..........Tweak
  • Luke Williams..........Questions, 1
  • Jim C. Wilson..........Goodbye / Things that Matter
  • Jonathan Wonham..........Don’t Forget / Evening Train

Last updated 10 June 2014.