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BRINGING BACK SOME BRIGHTNESS

20 Years of New Writing Scotland

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

Published in: Paperback.
By: Association for Scottish Literary Studies, Glasgow, December 2004.
Price: £6.95
ISBN 978-0-948877-60-5

Cover image: Stephanie Black


  • Bringing Back Some Brightness is out of print.


“... an invigorating collection that could be used to encapsulate the Caledonian psyche. Whether it’s suppressed violence, spiritual lyricism, politically-fired comment or pirouetting whimsy, Bringing Back Some Brightness offers a highly-charged taste of the Scottish creative mind.”
Scottish Review of Books


 

New Writing Scotland is an important fixture on the Scottish literary scene. The first twenty issues drew works from 883 contributors and contain nearly a thousand pieces of writing. Most of the major names are there, from Norman MacCaig, Edwin Morgan, Naomi Mitchison, Iain Crichton Smith among the elders, to Iain Banks, Ian Rankin, A.L. Kennedy, Janice Galloway and Irvine Welsh of the more recent generation. It’s a pretty good roll call and a matter of satisfaction that authors like Galloway, Kennedy and Welsh had some of their first works published in New Writing Scotland.

Bringing Back Some Brightness is a celebration of twenty turbulent years of Scottish life and culture.

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Contents

  • Dòmhnall Alasdair..........An Tuba
  • Meg Bateman..........Air Tilleadh Dhachaigh
  • Margaret Beveridge..........Speedy Delivery — Verbal Estimate
  • Moira Burgess..........Surrogate
  • Ron Butlin..........Portrait of a Shadow Sailor
  • Gerry Cambridge..........The Drunken Lyricist
  • Marianne Carey..........One Way
  • Jim Carruth..........The Balemartin Bard
  • Stewart Conn..........Kosovo
  • Robert Crawford..........Boy
  • Iain Crichton Smith..........The Bridge
  • David Cunningham..........De Mortuis
  • Criosaidh Dick..........Dileab
  • Anne Donovan..........A Chitterin Bite
  • G F Dutton..........joy
  • Alexander Fenton..........Glory Hole
  • Pete Fortune..........A Death in the Family
  • Paul Foy..........Interview with a Proddy Vampire
  • Graham Fulton..........Warm Housing
  • Robin Fulton..........I Give Back Some Brightness
  • Janice Galloway..........Fearless
  • William Gilfedder..........A Fate Worse than Ballet Dancing
  • Valerie Gillies..........Infertility Patient
  • Jim Glen..........The Vase
  • John Glenday..........A Traditional Curse
  • Rody Gorman..........Nam Chlàrsair Balbh
  • Andrew Greig..........Three Poems from the Himalaya
  • Jane Harris..........Huge Wobbling Bits of Chocolate
  • John Herdman..........The Day I Met the Queen Mother
  • Brent Hodgson..........from Pepys in my Diary
  • A L Kennedy..........A Meditation upon Penguins
  • David Kinloch..........Dustie-fute
  • Norman Kreitman..........The Extra
  • Douglas Lipton..........from The Flora and Fauna of an Independent Scotland
  • Gerry Loose..........from Synchronicities
  • Brian McCabe..........Not About the Kids
  • Norman MacCaig..........Two Nights
  • Murdo Stal MacDonald..........Eadar Àird a’ Mhàsair is Ostaig
  • James McGonigal..........Feet First
  • David S Mackenzie..........Gilfedder
  • Alastair Mackie..........The Hand
  • Hugh McMillan..........A Guide to Dumfries
  • Aonghas MacNeacail..........An Duibhre Beò
  • Kevin MacNeil..........An Acarsaid
  • Iain Mac a’ Phearsain..........Leum Nam Buffalo
  • John Maley..........The Ghost of Liberace
  • Gordon Meade..........The Dancing Hen
  • Edwin Morgan..........Pilate at Fortingall
  • Donnie O’Rourke..........Dear Andrew McGregor
  • Janet Paisley..........Due
  • Roland Porchmouth..........Odd One Out
  • Richard Price..........As, As
  • Ian Rankin..........Voyeurism
  • James Robertson..........Rene Magritte in Embro
  • Dilys Rose..........All the Little Loved Ones
  • Ian Stephen..........Fish Soup — A Recipie
  • Derick S Thomson..........Ian Grimble (1921-1995)
  • Valerie Thornton..........If Only Coll Were Two Floors Down
  • Gael Turnbull..........A poem containing the word launderette
  • Irvine Welsh..........Where the Debris Meets the Sea
  • Brian Whittingham..........This Shirt
  • Hamish Whyte..........Museum Piece
  • Rachel Yule..........Cave Canem

Last updated 10 June 2014.