Gutter Magazine receives Creative Scotland funding

Gutter Magazine has received funding from Creative Scotland of £24,900 to support ongoing publishing. This money comes at a critical time for Gutter as the magazine moves in a new direction, and will ensure the stability of the magazine for the next four issues as it continues to grow.

Scotlands premier magazine of new writing, Gutter publishes Scottish and international prose and poetry. Alongside Scotlands foremost writers such as Alasdair Gray, Liz Lochhead, James Kelman, Janice Galloway, Jackie Kay and more, Gutter seeks out work from talented emerging writers, many of whom are published for the first time in the magazine. Long-serving editor Colin Begg, said:

Were delighted that Creative Scotland has offered this support for Gutter at such a vital time for the magazine, and we are excited to continue to play an important role placing new Scottish writing in an international context. Working as a cooperative enables us to provide a sustainable platform for the best new poetry and prose. Gutter has been a labour of love for many years, but has faced the significant challenges of restructuring and operating in a totally new way in recent months. That we have come through is testament to the dedication and drive of the team.

Gutter is also delighted to announce it is now published independently. Since parting ways with former publisher Freight Books who ceased trading in 2017, Gutter is now owned and operated by a co-operative board. Managing editor Henry Bell and lead editors Colin Begg and Kate MacLeary are joined by five other editorsLaura Waddell, Calum Rodger, Robbie Guillory, Katy Hastie, and Ryan Vance. Editor-at-Large Calum Rodger said,

Gutter has long been a vital feature of the publishing landscape in Scotland, giving emerging writers valuable opportunities to appear alongside established names and help their work find a wider audience. With Creative Scotlands support, were thrilled we can continue publishing the magazine, giving much-needed exposure to the brightest and best new literary talent from Scotland and around the globe. This gives us the firm footing we need to project our values and realise our aims – which excitingly can now include paying contributors and staff for work.’

Going forward, Gutter has some exciting projects in the pipeline, with the team firmly committed to extending the reach of the magazine and collaborating with literary organisations, festivals and artists on an international scale.

The Gutter team have been overwhelmed with the support received from the wider literary community during the past few months and are confident that with so many friends and patrons, and the support of Creative Scotland we can continue to play an important part in Scottish literature and publishing.

The Gutter Team