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.
Dark Island by Duncan McLean is a booklet of short stories from one of Scotland’s finest short story writers. McLean is the author of previous works such as Bucket of Tongues, Blackden and Bunker Man. Published by Abersee Press in 2017 (34pp).
Swiet Haar: New Writing from Orkney and Shetland is a booklet edited by Duncan McLean. It features writing from Kevin Cormack, Robert Alan Jamieson, Amy Liptrot and Christine De Luca. Published by Abersee Press in 2017 (36pp).
Tūrangawaewae, Beuy: Thinking of Home in Orkney and New Zealand is a booklet edited by Duncan McLean, featuring writing by Steve Braunias, Mervyn J Inkster, Morag MacInnes, Craig Marriner, Alison Miller and Paula Morris. Published by Abersee Press in 2018 (40pp).
Speak for Yourself is a booklet of new writing from Orkney and New Zealand, edited by Duncan McLean. It features writing from Hera Lindsay Bird, Simon W Hall, Morag MacInnes, Craig Marriner, Alison Miller and CK Stead. Published by Abersee Press in 2017 (44pp).
The Freedom to Think Kurdistan features an introduction and eight essays on the struggle of the Kurdistan people, written over a number of years. These essays are derived from talks that James Kelman gave at public meetings between 1991 and 2018. The book acts as a primer to the historical and current political situation faced by the people of Kurdistan.