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.
“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& Then brings together a compilation of James Kelman’s shortest stories, including a selection of new and previously unpublished works.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
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).