Kevin Cormack was born and brought up in Kirkwall. His poems take place in ordinary parts of the town, rather than in more obviously scenic locations. All are written in the living language of Orkney:
Wur dopplegangers welcomed us
wae cult-like smiles, trestle tables
decked oot wae wur stoor-bliind
bruck, at the Hell’s Half Acre
ker boot sale.
Tonnie Void is a booklet/pamphlet publication (40pp)
Issue 4 introduces a bold new direction for thi wurd, featuring 20 original pieces of fiction as well as poetry and essays. Visual art comes to the fore in an interview with internationally acclaimed artist Rachel Maclean, who discusses her work and artistic processes. Meanwhile, Kate McAllan provides the illustrations that run throughout the magazine, the first time one artist has illustrated an entire issue. The non-fiction includes a passionate piece on Frightened Rabbit’s The Midnight Organ Fight and a lengthy essay on literary art from Duncan McLean, author of the seminal Bucket of Tongues. 135pp.