Welcome to the Autumn 2014 Issue!
Aweek or so before the referendum I put out a call for September 19th poems via our Facebook page and by direct appeal to some of the many frequent contributors to the magazine. I was keen that poems had to be submitted on the day after the referendum. I wanted a spontaneous heart-and-head-and-soul reaction, whatever the result. You can read the poems for yourself on pages 3-5. It’s fair to say that the dominant note struck by the writers is one of regret – even, in some cases hurt - whether that takes the form of dry humour or full-on lament.
It is also fair to say – putting referendum politics to one side for a moment – that these are poems that exhibit, in their different ways, a feeling for Scotland that springs from many different wells and takes a variety of forms. Scots today are, after all, a diverse people. A host of narratives play their part in forming the character of the country. That this should ring so loudly true in our literature is a cause for celebration. Writing is a way of describing and articulating a sense of place (whether that place is a nation or a nook in the landscape) and it’s also a way of exploring why the question of belonging matters so much to people. To my mind these September 19th poems fulfil this brief. They look back to the referendum, and all the heady mix of emotion the result sparked, but they also show a range and depth of feeling that will serve Scotland well whatever direction it takes in the future.
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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