Scottish poetry is thriving as never before, according to Alan Bissett, co-editor, with Carl MacDougall, of the 28th issue of New Writing Scotland. ‘The higher quality of the poetry among the entries was very noticeable,’ says Bissett, a phenomenon he thinks may be partly an artistic response to tougher economic times. Stone Going Home Again, which was given a pre-festival launch this week at Edinburgh’s Blackwells bookshop, includes poems and fiction that reflects the vitality and linguistic diversity of Scotland.
Among the poetic gems are Graham Fulton’s bus monologue, Dorothy Alexander’s Borders ‘micro-narratives’, Ryan van Winkle’s meditation on a line by Kenny Richey, and poems by Gerda Stevenson, Patricia Ace, Tracey S. Rosenberg, and StAnza’s Jim Carruth and Colin Fraser. There is still time to submit for 2011: the closing date is 30 September. For details, click here.