March 5, 2010
Gutter Magazine is a compendium of new Scottish writing published out of Glasgow. It is a diverse, eclectic, sometimes edgy read. Not only that but it looks beautiful, has insightful reviews of contemporary literature and features one of my best poems. If you’ve heard me read in the last two years, you’ve probably heard me read “Babel”. It has a few F-bombs in it. But, at the heart, I assure you, it is deeply tender despite this vulgarity.
As you can imagine, an independent Scottish literary magazine needs support to survive and none of this content is available on-line. Please consider buying issue two or subscribing if you can afford it. (When is the recession?)Those of you who know about the magazine industry know that a magazine lives or dies after the third of fourth issue so a subscription now means a lot to a good and ambitious magazine like this. Further, aside from containing “Babel” it also includes works from the following excellent writers of quality: Rodge Glass, Ron Butlin, Anneliese Mackintosh, Colin Will, Jo Swingler, Gordon Legge, Alan Bissett, Kapka Kassabova and Sophie Cooke all of whom, I declare, are more than worth the price of admission. Rodge, Ron, Anneliesse, Jo, Alan and Kapka have all graced us with readings at The Golden Hour for which I’m totally grateful. If you saw Rodge read, than this is your chance to get a copy of his debaucherous “Weekend of Freedom”. Ron delivers a tense slice of life on Newington Road while Anneliese goes all deadly and kind of surreal. Anyway, I hate writing about people’s writing — it is all interesting stuff so you’re best to have a read for yourself.
If you want to support new writing, and (more importantly) enjoy it — Gutter is the horse to bet on. You won’t be disappointed.