Steal Stories / Buy Forest

December 5, 2010

Save The Forest / Steal the Stories

As many of you know — The Forest is in real danger of losing their premises to property developers who may turn this vital community space into a Tesco, Costa Coffee, or Pub / Club Complex a la Frankenstein’s. Currently, The Forest is seeking community support and donations in order to BUY THE BUILDING and ensure there is an open and free social space for artists and organizers of all sorts to meet and play. Please help The Forest by making a donation or — if you can’t donate — consider Stolen Stories as an excellent Stocking Stuffer. It is crammed with great stories, has a beautiful cover by Martin McKenna and fits right in your pocket. Like all good stolen things. Love the arts / support the arts.  You can read more about The Forest campaign on The Guardian Blog.


Description: Never, ever trust a writer. They cluck and nod and listen and then, three months later, they splash your tragedy/foolishness/very embarrassing incident involving a raspberry jelly and a pair of warm curling tongs over the tawdry pages of a literary quarterly. We feel there is no shame in this.

Quite the opposite: we believe this ugly fact deserves to be celebrated with all the pomp and hullaballoo we can possibly muster. Therefore we have compiled an anthology of the finest stolen stories, the anecdotes and overheard conversations that simply demand to be told. We feel that it is time to be honest.

This is where our ideas come from. Read more!


‘A good series of entertaining stories.’ [Nat Smith, The Skinny]

Interview at Books from Scotland

Featured Authors:

  • Applesauce, Angus Woodward
  • Down on Luck, Lindsay Bower
  • Not Dead Yet, Lily? Ron Butlin
  • A Tree Guards the Road, Lucille Valentine
  • Covers, Rusty Harris
  • One Story Only, Alison Miller
  • I Would Never Eat a Tapir, Sarah Salway
  • Suck, Blow, Lauren Simpson
  • Tandem, Dinh Vong
  • Not Even an Ambulance Can Save You, Jo Swingler
  • The Death Queue, Regi Claire
  • Story, Louis E. Bourgeois
  • Red Wagon, Nicole Reid
  • King of Kings (of Leon), Craig Bayne
  • What is it That You Want? Alison Key
  • Teehanu, Nick Holdstock

New Chaps from Forest Publications

October 13, 2009

Now available at our on-line shop:

Not only is The Golden Hour Book (and CD) Vol. II for sale at many fine places we also have three new chapbooks. Read an excerpt and buy a book at

Craig Bayne – The Island

C8cover Buy this Book with Paypal!

Item Details:
Vol.1 Iss.8 ‘The Island’
Author: Craig Bayne
Description:Read the Excerpt

Amount: £2

Jason Morton – Old and New

C7cover Buy this Book with Paypal!

Item Details:
Vol.1 Iss.7 ‘Old and New’
Author: Jason Harrison Morton
Description:Read the Excerpt

Amount: £2

Russell Jones – The Last Refuge
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Item Details: Vol.1 Iss.6 ‘The Last Refuge’
Author: Russell Jones
Description:Read the Excerpt

Amount: £2

The Golden Hour – September Sweetness…

September 21, 2009


The Golden Hour celebrates it’s 3rd birthday with a calvalcade of words, music and visual rubbish all in a beautiful space.

Will you love it? Yes you will. Come for an hour, come for the whole night.

When: Wednesday, 23 September, 8pm

Where: The Forest, 3 Bristo Place

How Much: Always free.

Please – BYOB

Featuring new writing from:

Aiko Harman: Poems from the Dark Side

Elizabeth Gold: American Poet with new words.
Craig Bayne – The Glasgow wonder returns with his new chap book.

with Special Guest: Emma Bartholomew — new on the scene!

And amazing music from:

Action Group: sometime sad,sometimes fast and sometimes plain elated!

Marcie’s New Haircut: only describable as *oddly whimsical*

Jennifer Ewan: performs delicious songs of her own making.


And Don’t Forget – The Golden Hour Vol. II is being launched on Friday 25 Sept. with two great events –

* Book Launch with wines and words at Blackwell’s – 6.30pm

* Album Launch and party with champagne and dancing at Forest (byob for after) – 8.30 – LATE

* Golden Hour Book (and CD) Vol. II is on sale at —Blackwells, Word Power,, and The Forest Shop. If you can’t make the launch, do support us by buying a book / CD.

The Golden Hour: Hello to 1990nineteen

January 18, 2009

Where:The Forest, 3 Bristo Place, Edinburgh

The Golden Hour: Wed. 21, January, Free @ The Forest

The Golden Hour: Wed. 21, January, Free @ The Forest

When: Wednesday, 21 January, 8pm

How Much: Free, BYOB


Kirstin Innes – Prose from the winner of the New Writer’s Award from the Scottish Book trust.

Craig Bayne – Editor of Glasgow’s newest lit magazine “Are Volitional”.

Ryan Van Winkle: some short poems, one long one.


Black Diamond Express – a rocking, hell-playing, old time string band.

Francious + Atlas Mountains – a sweet and splendid array of original songs.

Hailey Beavis – subtle guitar, a bed for a voice, both personal and touching.