Win a ticket for James Kelman at EdBookFest to celebrate Gutter issue 15!

Gutter issue 15 is now out and to celebrate, we’re having launch parties in Edinburgh and Glasgow, but that’s not all.

Post-Brexit, the theme of this issue is the ‘North Alantic Drift’ and it features work from Icelandic, Canadian, Scottish and Irish writers, including Malachy Tallack, Christie Williamson, Alec Finlay, Cynthia Rogerson, Au∂ur Jónsdóttir and many others, as well as an interview with photojournalist Angela Catlin.

We’re also thrilled to have an original short story from Booker winner James Kelman. Kelman is the only Scottish writer to win the prize, although several have been listed since (including Graeme Macrae Burnet, currently on the longlist with His Bloody Projectreviewed in our previous issue.) The percentage of Scots picked, or even judging the prize, is curiously low. When Kelman won with How Late It Is, How Late in 1994 it was not without opposition, but we feel that the supposed “literary vandalism” of the work (which features heavy use of Scots) is much in keeping with Gutter’s own ethos, and the discussions which followed on the place of Scottish language and literature in the wider world are worth revisiting.

It is a feat of marvellous synchronicity that during our launch month, James Kelman will also be appearing at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on the 21st of August to discuss his new novel Dirt Road. Kelman’s book festival appearances are always fascinating, including a controversial appearance at EIBF in 2009. It’s no surprise one of the hottest tips for this year’s festival has sold out, and we’ve got one ticket to give away!

Here’s how to enter:

To WIN a ticket for James Kelman at Edinburgh International Book Festival on the 21st of August, simply subscribe to Gutter for £12 a year. (In the interests of fairness to recent subscribers, we’ll backdate entry from the 1st of August!) We’ll pick one winner at random on Friday 19th of August.

Here’s another reason to subscribe, if that’s not enough:

Gutter is the magazine of new Scottish writing. The editors believe there is a need for an energetic, ambitious magazine dedicated exclusively to the best in new Scottish writing, particularly provocative work that challenges, re-imagines or undermines the individual or collective status quo, and work that relates Scotland to an international context (we’re also sold internationally, recently spotted in the best bookshops of New York, San Francisco, and London). Largely staffed by a small voluntary, dedicated team, your subscription helps Gutter carry on the work of publishing new Scottish writing. And for subscription options beginning at a mere £12 per year for two issues, it’s an utter bargain.

Good luck!

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