Welcome to the Autumn 2013 Issue!
In this issue of Northwords Now we showcase writers making their debut in the magazine. These ‘new’ northern voices hail from a variety of backgrounds, but what they have in common is something to say and a voice to say it with. Indeed, they show that the North is wonderfully alive to the art of poetry and fiction in all its forms. I’m not usually given to making predictions, but it’s a pretty safe bet to say that you’ll come across these names again – whether in Northwords Now or in the pages of other magazines and books.
This emphasis on new voices is reinforced by the article on page 18 – ‘So You Want To Be A Writer’. Nobody who’s ever picked up a pen (or poised their hand over a keyboard) to begin a poem or a novel would claim that writing is easy, but it is a vital and enriching experience. It’s great to see new writers being given a chance to make a mark.
As you may well have heard on the news, this year’s Nobel Prize for literature went not to a novelist, nor even a poet, but a short story writer, Alice Munro. Northwords Now has long been a welcoming home for this under-sung literary genre and Cynthia Rogerson has provided a lucid and passionate guide to what makes short stories so special (page 3). Within these pages you can find some prime examples of the form, not least Lily Greenall’s ‘Madam Bovary’ – a story which dares to challenge the supremacy of the novel by borrowing its title from one the most famous novels ever published!
Chris Powici, Editor
Northwords Now has been published in various formats and intends to give a voice to new writing from the Highlands. The idea of north suggests to many people isolation, the margins, far from the centre of things political and cultural - but it depends on where you think the centre is: from up here Glasgow is remote and London even more so. And there are distinctive, passionate voices in this North - in Gaelic, Scots and English so we publish poetry & fiction, articles & essays, reviews in all these voices, and more, and hope to stimulate, intrigue and act as a focal point of cultural discussion in the Highlands...oh and did we mention that this is all FREE?
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