Welcome to the Summer 2014 Issue!

Arather intriguing wee book recently arrived through the Northwords Now letterbox. Dear Scotland: Notes to our nation is a collection of monologues whereby modern Scottish writers address their fellow Scots by giving voice to men and women represented in the National Portrait Gallery. Sadly the book arrived too late for review but with the referendum fast approaching here are some of their thoughts on Scotland and Scots which may inform the debate:

I feel your futures stretching out like reckless sleepers Robert Louis Stevenson/AL Kennedy

Scotland, I have always found you a gloomy, backward, Presbyterian, unforgiving place James Boswell/Iain Finlay Macleod

Be the master of your soul Scotland
Mary Queen of Scots/Louise Welsh

A wee country Scotland, you and me, welcomed the exile, the risk-taker, the refugee
Jackie Kay

I am thrawn, romantic, disputatious and energetic
Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham/James Robertson

Think thoroughly. Discuss the full dimensions of what you intend to effect. Then act without timidity or fear
Muriel Spark/Janice Galloway

Issue 27 of this magazine marks a time of farewells. Firstly, all good wishes to Vicki Miller who, for the past twelve months has handled our advertising and accounts with the kind of care and precision that inspires much gratitude. She’s also very friendly with it!

Angus Dunn is vacating his manager’s role at Northwords Now. Angus’ association with the magazine, as editor, writer and reviewer and all round loveable genius loci of literature in the north, reaches back to the last century when the old Northwords fell upon people’s doormats with a welcome thud. With this in mind, I had thought of writing a valedictory notice that would make the average Oscar acceptance speech read like the small print on an insurance form. Then I realised what a good idea it would be to get Angus to write more for the magazine (see pages 12 and 13) so I’ve decided to remain in his favour and keep things simple. Much thanks my friend and in the words of Neil Gaiman, “Stories may well be lies, but they are good lies that say true things, and which can sometimes pay the rent.”

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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Where to find a FREE Northwords Now

Northwords thanks all the locations below for their support in distributing Northwords Now. Especial thanks go to all the librarians who put us on display.


WEA, 57 Church St, Inverness
Highland Wholefoods, Inverness
Bogbain Farm, Inverness
VisitScotland, N.Kessock
Costa Coffee, Waterstone's, Eastgate Centre
Eden Court Theatre
Leakeys Bookshop, Church St
Inverness College, Longman Road & Midmills
Hootananny, Church St
Visit Scotland, Castle Wynd
Inverness Museum & Art Gallery
Waterstone's, Eastgate Centre
Highland Area

Highland Libraries & Communiity Centres
Dornoch Bookshop
The Nairn Bookshop, High St, Nairn
Findhorn Foundation, by Forres
Moray Libraries
North Highland College, Thurso
The Ceilidh Place, Ullapool
Ullapool Bookshop, Quay St.
Achins Bookshop, Lochinver
Village Green, Lochinver
Cornerstone, Gairloch
Solas Gallery, Gairloch
Storehouse of Foulis, Foulis Ferry
Islands, West & North

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Slèite, Isle of Skye
Café Arriba, Portree, Skye
Portree Learning Centre
An Lanntair, Kenneth St, Stornoway
Western Isles Libraries, Stornoway
Hebridean Jewellery & Bookshop, Stornoway
The Islands Book Trust, Isle of Lewis
Shetland Libraries
Orkney Libraries
Shetland Arts Trust, Lerwick

Hammerton Store, 336 Gt Western Rd, Aberdeen
Aberdeenshire Libraries
Aberdeen City Libraries
Books & Beans, Belmont St, Abdn.
The Lemon Tree, West North St, Abdn.
Blackwell's, Old Aberdeen
Woodend Barn, Banchory
Yeadons of Banchory
Milton Studio, Milton of Crathes
Newton Dee Café, Bieldside

Birnam Art Centre
Kings Bookshop, Callander
Dundee Contemporary Arts, Nethergate, Dundee
Kesley's Bookshop, Haddington, East Lothian
Midlothian Council Libraries
Stirling Libraries
East Lothian Libraries
Ewart Libraries, Dumfries
Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries
Byre Theatre, St Andrews
The Forest Bookstore, Selkirk

Blackwells Bookshop, South Bridge
Scottish Poetry Library, Crichtons Close
Oxfam Bookshop, Raeburn Place
Elephant House Café, George IV Bridge
Filmhouse, Lothian Road
The Forest, Bristo Place

Tell it Slant, Renfrew St, Glasgow
WASPS Studio, The Briggait, Glasgow
Centre for Contemporary Arts, Sauchiehall St.
Mitchell Library, North St.
Òran Mòr, Great Western Road
The Piping Centre, McPhater St.
Caledonia Books, Gt. Western Rd
Tchai Ovna Teahouses, Otago Lane
Oxfam Books, Byres Road & Victoria Rd.
Mono, King's Court, King St, Glasgow
Gallery of Modern Art, Royal Exchange Sq.
Glasgow Film Theatre, Videodrome, Rose St.