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& Then brings together a compilation of James Kelman’s shortest stories, including a selection of new and previously unpublished works.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