In 2014 I edited Out There, a new anthology of LGBT writing from Scotland (Freight Books). The first anthology of its kind in over a decade, in features contributions from established writers such as Ali Smith, Louise Welsh, Jackie Kay, Ronald Frame, Toni Davidson, Jenni Fagan, Kerry Hudson, Val McDermid, Damian Barr and Christopher Whyte alongside new writing by Allan Radcliffe, Kirsty Logan and many others.

I am hugely indebted to LGBT History Month Scotland for a Cultural Commission Award, and the Royal Society of Edinburgh for a Small Arts & Humanities Grant, as well as to all the writers whose support and enthusiasm for the collection made it possible.

'The work in this collection from both established and emerging writers is as moving as it is brilliantly written, and the opportunity to have them all in one place is irresistible.' The List

'This sophisticated and mature volume does a great deal more than simply tackle the heterosexual viewpoint that dominates most Scottish literary work, especially in very male-dominated stories. The short stories, poems and non-fiction collected here all put lesbian women and gay men at the centre of society and the centre of the story. But they do so in such a casual and easeful way that it almost feels as though the centre of society and the centre of the story are a place they have always occupied.'
Sunday Herald

Between 2012 and 2014 I co-edited New Writing Scotland (ASLS), initially with Carl MacDougall and then with Gerry Cambridge. It is the principal forum for poetry and short fiction in Scotland today, and every year publishes the very best from both emerging and established writers, and lists many of the leading literary lights of Scotland among its past (and present) contributors.

“There are no grand themes, no presiding hierarchical values at the core of this latest collection of New Writing Scotland. But there are voices, a disparate horde of them firmly set in the Scottish tradition of writing intended to entertain, arrest and provoke ... Established names – Alasdair Gray, Agnes Owens, Ron Butlin, Stewart Conn, Neal Ascherson, Andrew Greig, Christopher Whyte, Lesley Glaister, Maoilios Caimbeul and Valerie Gillies – are steady presences. But the collection derives invaluable added strength from its democracy of openness, by accepting ‘all forms of writing’ from ‘writers resident in Scotland or Scots by birth, upbringing or inclination’, reminding readers that ‘Scotland is an attitude of mind’.”
The Scotsman on NWS 30: A Little Touch of Cliff in the Evening

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