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Autumn Winter 2021


The challenges now facing humans, nature and planet are obvious and dangerous. Thinking about them – as everyone with an ounce of feeling for life beyond our individual existences should be doing from here on in – can be dispiriting. But art, including good writing, is nothing if it can’t explore both spirit and depths of experience. Even in times of crisis, artists can reveal aspects of shared experience that may empower readers, listeners, viewers through the spark of imagination.

That’s part of what Northwords Now aims to do, through the breadth of new writing we reveal in each new issue, making connections across Scotland and the wider, gl...
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Issue 42

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Honouring the legacy of GMB

by James Robertson
Image: Detail of portrait of GMB in the Braes Hotel, Stromness. Oil on canvas by Alexander Moffat.


by Susan Elsley

A Legend Among Lightkeepers

by Donald Murray
Six Poems by Donald S Murray

Painting by Alice V. Taylor

Day of the Last Star

by Howard Wright
Image: Andromeda Galaxy, as seen from Kattfjord, northern Norway - Erling Sverre Nordøy

Poetry Round-up

by Richie McCaffery



by Ceitidh Chaimbeul
Image by Dominic Sansotta, Unsplash

Òran na Cille

by Marcas Mac an Tuairneir
Illustration by Joshua Wilson

Mar an Fhiadh

by Fionnag NicCoinnich and Brian Ó hEadhra

From the Archive

Moon Return

by Angus Dunn

Of Snow, and Ice Sculpted

by Rónán MacDubhghaill

The Board and Editor of Northwords Now acknowledge support from Creative Scotland and Bòrd na Gàidhlig.
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