Northwords Now

New writing, fresh from Scotland and the wider North
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Editors of Northwords Now

Kenny Taylor

Editor since 2017.

Kenny Taylor is a Black-Isle-based writer, naturalist and musician. His published work includes poetry, essays, hundreds of articles for BBC Wildlife and many other magazines, features for National Geographic, scripts for TV, radio and stage and more than ten hardcover and softcover books. Kenny was a co-organiser of the former Black Isle Words literary weekend and has many years of experience as an arts and general editor, including for Northwords Now since 2017.

Marcas Mac an Tuairneir

Editor since 2021

Marcas Mac an Tuairneir has been Gaelic Editor for Northwords Now and Tuath since 2021. Marcas was born in York, but has been resident in Scotland since 2003, when he relocated in order to pursue his undergraduate and postgraduate education in Gaelic studies. He now lives in Edinburgh, where he works at the Scottish Poetry Library. He writes in Gaelic, English and Polari and combines various roles into his freelance career, which includes literary editing, translation and interpretation. He has published three collections of poetry and has been nominated for and awarded numerous prizes for his poetry, songwriting and plays.


The original Northwords began in the autumn of 1991. Novelist and short story writer Angus Dunn edited the first issue. Then followed Canadian-born, Irish-descended, Scottish-dwelling writer Tom Bryan, and Angus again. Finally, writer (and later founder of Sandstone Press) Robert Davidson was editor until March 2004, when there was a brief pause after publication of Northwords Issue 34.

Rhoda Michael, poet, poetry editor for Northwords and founder of the Riverside Writers Group in Inverness, had the foresight to re-launch the series as Northwords Now in 2005. Rhoda was editor of the first 14 issues from then until 2010, when she vacated the chair for poet and creative writing teacher Chris Powici.  Chris edited Issues 15 to 33, handing over in the spring of 2017.

Rody Gorman was Gaelic Editor for Northwords Now from the start of the re-launched publication in the ‘Northwords’ series in 2005 until Issue 41 in 2021, including the first five editions of the annual Tuath supplement from 2017 until Spring-summer 2021. 

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