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.
Features a lengthy interview with Alan Warner that focuses on his narrative processes. Also contains fiction and essays by thirteen other writers. The essays include writings on Spanish cinema, Matt McGinn and John Fante. There is a classic reprint of a story by Katherine Mansfield.
“As long as art exists there are no areas of experience that have to remain inaccessible.”
Originally written as obituary, memorial and eulogy, What I do (Memoirs) is a celebration of great literary art, artists and grassroots political movements. Booker Prize-winning author James Kelman pays homage to the writers, artists and political figures who have been significant in his life, and to his work. Kelman writes with characteristic clarity and precision about Mary Gray Hughes, Tillie Olsen, Alex La Guma, Tom Leonard, June Jordan, Alasdair Taylor and many others. And in the process, he shows us the ways that art can access powerful human experiences.
What I do (Memoirs) is both biographical and autobiographical.
Tales of Here & Then brings together a compilation of James Kelman’s shortest stories, including a selection of new and previously unpublished works. Kelman, a master of the short story form, has consistently found new ways to write about human existence. In this edition, the stories are presented in radically new visual forms where typography becomes an important aspect of the narratives.
“This is something different from the usual book of short stories. I am going for something visual in these stories, that treats the look of the text as part of the art-object – think of it as a kind of gallery where visual artworks have their own space. This is what I’ve been seeking since Short Tales From the Night Shift back in 1978.” – James Kelman
Features a twenty-three page interview with James Kelman, focusing on some of the processes involved in his writing. In addition, the first chapter of Kelman’s unpublished novel, Creative Chronicles, is included. There is a short story by Janice Galloway and new work from fourteen other writers, essays on Gogol and Mark E. Smith, and a classic reprint of a Chekhov story.
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.