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GOING UP BEN NEVIS IN A BUBBLE CAR

New Writing Scotland 18

Edited by Moira Burgess & Janet Paisley
with Kevin MacNeil, Gaelic Adviser

Published in: Paperback.
By: Association for Scottish Literary Studies, Glasgow, April 2001.
Price: £8.95
ISBN 978-0-948877-43-8

Cover image: Sharon Colman



  • Going Up Ben Nevis in a Bubble Car is out of print.

Here’s New Writing Scotland 18 and we think it’s a good one. That’s what all the editors say, but oddly enough we have the opportunity to be all the more convinced of it this year. Delays in production – nothing to do with the editors, we swear – have meant that, in writing this introduction, we are looking at our selection some six months after it was made, looking at Going up Ben Nevis in a Bubble Car almost with the fresh eye of the casual reader who might pick it up in a bookshop. It stands the test. We’re pleased that we chose as we did.
    At the same time, this process does bring back the warm spring days (remember them?) during which we discussed the NWS submissions. Technically, we pulled them apart. Aesthetically, we considered whether they did the same to us. A few notes survive. ‘Superbly stylish’, reads one, and ‘Made me greet’, admits another, though in fact neither of these pieces made it through the final cull. (Did we mention that competition is fierce?) ‘Great, loopy family story’ made it, however. Can you spot it? So did the one in a Brummie accent. Yes, of course it’s eligible – read the submission guidelines on another page with care – and we weren’t obliged to bend the rules in order to include such an exceptional story. So did the Mars Bar one. Occasionally there’s a piece which causes the editors to sit back, look at one another, and wish they had written it, and this is one of those.
    Apart from such gut reactions, we think that, in the NWS tradition, this is a pretty balanced collection, representing stories and poems, English, Scots and Gaelic, city and country, men and women, gay and straight. Again, we didn’t have to tweak our selection towards this result, and that gives us confidence for New Writing Scotland 19, when judging will be done ‘blind’. (No authors’ names on entries, see the guidelines again.) We reckon that our final selection for the next volume will still reflect the good writing coming to us from the widest possible range of sources, stylish and loopy and making us greet.

Moira Burgess
Janet Paisley

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Contents

  • Mark Baker..........In Camera
  • Robert Barton..........The Proposal
  • Iain Black..........Wed
  • Tom Bryan..........Demolition
  • Ron Butlin..........Sailor’s Mother
  • Maoilios Caimbeul..........Briseadh na Cloiche / A’ Bhoiteag
  • J. J. Calvin..........Fifteen Minutes
  • Stewart Conn..........Milena
  • Ian Crockatt..........Sonnet 5
  • Anna Crowe..........Parable
  • Penelopeanne Dalgleish..........Persephone at Halloween
  • Robert Davidson..........His Sister’s Hands
  • Judy Delin..........Something to Suck
  • Anne Donovan..........Mrs Cloud Says
  • Moira Duff..........Going Up Ben Nevis In A Bubble Car
  • Bill Duncan..........The Village Street, House Number 14
  • Matthew Fitt..........forgotten airfields o west central bohemia
  • Moira Forsyth..........Collecting the Water
  • Pete Fortune..........Ma Best Frein Kenny
  • Anne C Frater..........Oidhche Reoite / Comhairle / Mì-Chinnt
  • Valerie Gillies..........In Memory of Ivor Gurney
  • Rody Gorman..........Briseadh-Latha
  • Yvonne Gray..........September
  • Robert Green..........Untitled
  • Ian Hunter..........Grey Baby
  • Linda Jackson..........Good Licks Aren’t Everything
  • Paula Jennings..........Gretel
  • Helen Lamb..........Spell of the Bridge
  • Iain S Mac a’Phearsain..........am fòn / aingeal na dùbhlachd / tiodhlacadh baile is clachan fuar
  • Murdo Stal MacDonald..........Eadar Àird a’ Mhàsair is Ostaig
  • Rob Mackenzie..........Last Dance
  • Anne MacLeod..........Leaving Cape Breton for the Black Isle; 1999
  • John Maley..........Mothership
  • Andy Manders..........Scottish Journey
  • Euan McCulloch..........the bullet sped
  • James McGonigal..........Towards the Fire
  • Ellen McNair..........Rampolini & Frame
  • Donald Murray..........Old Teacher
  • Liz Niven..........Tourists at Auschwitz
  • Tom Pow..........Simon in the Vegetable Patch
  • Wayne Price..........Where I Live
  • Sheila Puri..........Cold Pakora
  • Olive Ritch..........A Poem for Edwin
  • James Robertson..........Notes fae ‘Creative Writing in Scots’: The Haiku
  • April Simmons..........Ray
  • Kirsty Smith..........Mars Bar
  • Gerry Stewart..........Intimacy
  • Liam Stewart..........New Book
  • Sam Trainor..........Revolver
  • Billy Watt..........Dubbya Dubbya
  • Brian Whittingham..........This Shirt
  • Jim C. Wilson..........Little Folk

Last updated 10 June 2014.