Welcome to the Autumn 2015 Issue!

Angus Dunn, one of the founding lights of Northwords (as editor) and later, Northwords Now (as manager), has died. Angus had been seriously ill for some time but the news still comes as a shock, even if it is not a surprise. My heart goes out to his family and friends and to his partner Nikki.

At the time of writing, there has barely been time to take in the news, let alone arrange for the writing of an obituary, but I am immensely thankful and glad that, earlier this summer, Angus sent such fine poems to the magazine (page 15). The fact that Angus wrote poetry at all may come as a surprise to those who know his work though his short fiction and his novel, Writing in the Sand. To my mind these poems show the spirit of Angus Dunn at work. They are passionate, generous poems distinguished by a richness of vision and a craftsman’s love for the shapes that language can take. They take the reader by surprise and show them the world anew.

It is some comfort that latterly I played a small part in bringing together Angus’ poetry in a book, High Country, to be published by Sandstone in September 2015. I’m looking forward to holding a printed copy in my hands but, for the moment, I cannot help but think that a world without Angus Dunn’s creative, enthusiastic and entirely loveable presence feels like a world diminished.

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
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
Picaresque Books, High St, Dingwall
Anderson Restaurant, Union St, Fortrose
Kilmorack Gallery
Moniack Mhor Writing Centre
Caithness Horizons, High St, Thurso
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
The Blue Shed, Torrin, Isle of Skye
Carmina Gadelica, Portree, Isle of Skye
An Buth Bheag, Skeabost, Isle of Skye
Blue Shed Cafe, Torrin, Isle of Skye
An Tobar, Tobermory, Mull

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
Milton Art Gallery, 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
John Muir Trust, Station Road, Pitlochry
Moffat Bookshop, 5 Well St, Moffat

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
Peter Green & Co, Warrender Pk Rd
The Fruitmarket Gallery, 45 Market St
MacNaughtons Bookshop, 3 -3a Haddington Place
St Margaret's House, 151 London Road
Summerhall, 1 Summerhall

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.