Welcome to the Spring 2015 Issue!
This is the last issue of Northwords Now in its current form. At the time of writing this editorial I am waiting to hear from our principal financial partners, Creative Scotland and Bòrd na Gàidhlig, about applications for funding for 2015/16. I am confident the news will be good but even if our applications are successful some changes need to be made.
Northwords Now will now be published just twice a year - in March and September. This means that, at a time of acute financial pressure, we can save money on printing and distribution costs. However the impact on writers and readers will not, I hope, be felt too keenly. The magazine will grow in size from 24 to 32 pages per issue. In other words we will publish almost the same amount of fiction, poetry, articles and reviews. Importantly, Northwords Now, will also remain free to its readers, whether online or on good, old fashioned paper. That we are able to do this owes much to the continuing support of Creative Scotland and Bòrd na Gàidhlig, and to Highlands and Islands Enterprise. Our thanks go out to them.
I’ve also decided to bring in submission deadlines so that writers will have a better idea of how soon they can expect a decision on their submission. The submission deadline for Issue 30 is 31st July 2015. One thing, I’m happy to say, that does not seem to change with the times, at least not for the worse, is the amount of fine new writing that comes our way. Long may it continue.
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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Waterstone's, Eastgate Centre
Eden Court Theatre
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Inverness Museum & Art Gallery
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Solas Gallery, Gairloch
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Byre Theatre, St Andrews
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Moffat Bookshop, 5 Well St, Moffat
Blackwells Bookshop, South Bridge
Scottish Poetry Library, Crichtons Close
Oxfam Bookshop, Raeburn Place
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Filmhouse, Lothian Road
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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
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Centre for Contemporary Arts, Sauchiehall St.
Mitchell Library, North St.
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Caledonia Books, Gt. Western Rd
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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.