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Michael Gunter
Posted on Friday, February 21, 2003 - 09:06 am:   

I remember, just from picking up English review publications in the late 1980s and early 1990s, that there was a kind of rejuvenation of Scottish prose centered around Alasdair Gray, Kelman, and others. Who are the up and coming Scottish writers of today? And is there a "group" so to speak? Or just individuals not much influenced by each other?
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Neil Williamson
Posted on Monday, February 24, 2003 - 02:56 am:   

Hi Michael

To be honest with you, while there's a lot of good work coming out of Scotland at the moment (and I haven't read all of it by any means, so some of this info is my perception of press reaction), I think it is more likely that it comes from disparate individuals covering a range of style and genre than anything that could be seen as a "group".

In the literary scene, Gray and Kelman and the rest are still doing it, as are younger guns, Irvine Welsh and Iain Banks, but other names to look out for are Alan Warner (Morven Callar, now a film by Lynne Ramsey), Ali Smith, Lousie Welsh. Also, Michel Faber, who isn't a Scot but lives here, so is covered regularly and enthusiastically in the press. Try "Under The Skin".

The genres are well represented too. In SF Banks, again, and his mate Ken McLeod have been around a while, but two more Scottish residents who original hail from south of the border are Charles Stross and Richard Morgan. If heroic fantasy is your thing, however, you might be rewarded by checking out Michael Cobley and Miller Lau.

However, it's the Scottish Crime scene that is particularly hot at the moment: Iain Rankin, Quintin Jardine and Denise Mina are all doing very well, and whether you're into Crime or not it's really well worth your while checking out Paisley writer, Marion Arnott's short stories in Crimewave magazine (see: http:\www.ttapress.com).

That's about all that comes to mind at the moment. I've probably forgotten a whole bunch of names, but I hope that's enough to be going on with.

Neil

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Neil Ayres
Posted on Tuesday, May 04, 2004 - 06:02 am:   

Know this is over a year late, but Rebel INC (imprint of Canongate) publish almost exclusively new Scottish alternative fiction:

http://www.canongate.net/rebel/rip.taf
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Neil
Posted on Wednesday, May 05, 2004 - 03:51 am:   

Hi Neil

Thanks for filling in the blanks in this (although it doesn't seem that anyone was particularly interested in it). :s
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One of the other Neils
Posted on Thursday, May 06, 2004 - 07:53 am:   

Not necessarily Scottish writers as such, but probably in dire need of them considering the tangent it's taken:

http://www.pageplay.com

The story so far:

http://www.pageplay.com/evolvingstory.pdf

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