Neither 45, Nor 1

by Harry Giles Two pernicious numbers are being trumpeted in the wake of Scotland’s independence referendum. The first number, 45, refers to the (rounded up) percentage of voters who stuck their X next to Yes….



Pelmanism by Dilys Rose

Secrets and Lies The secrets and lies of family life have long been inspirational for writers; from Sophocles to The Simpsons, and part of the success of these tales is due to recognition. Everyone has…



Head for the Edge, Keep Walking by Kate Tough

Friends Like These Head for the Edge, Keep Walking, the debut novel by Kate Tough, follows a year in the life of Jill Beech; a woman in her mid thirties forced to leave the familiar…



Submission Invited

Gutter now invites submissions of up to 3,000 words of fiction (short stories, novel extracts) or 120 lines of poetry. Preference will be given to provocative work that challenges, re-imagines or undermines the individual or…



Ghost Moon by Ron Butlin

Changing Time It has become something of a cliché for the reviewer to shake their head in bewilderment at the continued status of Ron Butlin as ‘Scotland’s Best Kept Literary Secret’. Each new publication adds…



Jackie Kay at Out There preview at Pride House

Join us at Pride House on Sunday 27th of July for a free pre-publication preview of Out There, the first anthology of Scottish LGBT writing in over twelve years! Inspired by the LGBT themed Gutter 07, Freight…



Gutter 11 headline writers announced

We’re delighted to announce that Gutter 11 will feature a range of high profile novelists, short story writers and poets. Prose contributors include Kirsty Gunn, winner of the Book of the Year in the New…



Gutter 10 reviewed in the Skinny

Gutter, Scotland’s leading and award-winning literary magazine, has had a great write-up in The Skinny. Gutter magazine has seen an exciting redesign and re-launch to mark its fifth anniversary, and features new work from Zoe…



I Put a Spell on You by John Burnside

Yearning for Youth If books were rivers, I Put a Spell on You would be the Great Ouse – meandering, slow and full of interesting little fish. John Burnside’s memoir is deliciously written, with some…



Gutter 11 line-up announced

We are delighted to announce the line-up for Gutter 11, which is released in August. Rached Khalifa, Ants Liam Murray Bell, Camel Carol McKay, Plein Sud Vicki Jarrett, Bingo Wings Eleanor Thom, Oona Roddy Lumsden,…