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LUNCH AT YES

New Writing Scotland 20

Edited by Moira Burgess & Hamish Whyte
with Kevin MacNeil, Gaelic Adviser

Published in: Paperback.
By: Association for Scottish Literary Studies, Glasgow, January 2003.
Price: £6.95
ISBN 978-0-948877-51-3

Cover image: Stephanie Black



  • Lunch at Yes is out of print.

‘Lunch at Yes’ suggests a number of possibilities. Is it simply a meal at a popular Glasgow restaurant, or an imperative to feast on the positive, or is there some other meaning to be found? Whatever, it’s an upbeat title and we hope it is indicative of the good things on offer in this year’s anthology of new writing.
    The recently-introduced process of blind judging of submissions to New Writing Scotland is proving interesting. A few well-known writers who submitted work were not selected, while several new and emergent writers were, many of the latter previously unknown to us. The editors consciously try not to put a name to the work in the preliminary reading, but occasionally the writing is so distinctive the author is not hard to spot. For example, anyone who has ever read an extract from David Neilson’s (unfortunately still unpublished) epic tale Robert the Vole would have no difficulty identifying his work: there is nothing else quite like it.
    Very often during the selection process themes emerge of their own accord: in this case, food, winter, birds, fish and, given the predilections of the editors, cats of course. But eating and drinking seem to predominate (another editorial partiality? surely not) and so the reader may go to ‘Illusions for Coffee’, then ‘Lunch at Yes’, visit ‘The Happiest Place to be in Scotland on a Saturday Afternoon’, experience ‘Nacho-Munchers and Dolly-Grips’ at the cinema and have ‘Nectarines’ for afters (and don’t forget the ‘Marmite’) — or indeed have a whole range of tastes and interests catered for, including the amazing ‘Free Presbyterian Dolphins’. Now there’s a title that can be read in more than one way.
    As the wonderful waitpersons in Yes say: Enjoy!

Moira Burgess
Hamish Whyte

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Contents

  • Gregor Addison..........Prometheus
  • Tom Bryan..........Winter Postcards, Strathkanaird
  • Ann Burnett..........Illusions for Coffee
  • Jim Carruth..........The Balemartin Bard
  • Colin Clark..........The Happiest Place to be in Scotland on a Saturday Afternoon
  • Ken Cockburn..........Leaving Calypso
  • Allan Crosbie..........Plato in Potosi
  • Jenni Daiches..........Rembrandt’s Mother / Franconia, New Hampshire
  • Robert Davidson..........Canada Geese
  • John Drosten..........Unity Mitford
  • Jane Forrest..........Lunch at Yes
  • Griz Gordon..........Bösendorfer
  • Charlie Gracie..........Random Acts of Kindness
  • Yvonne A Gray..........Glencoe Spring 1692
  • Iain Fraser Grigor..........Snow on High Ground
  • Vivien Jones..........Being Sumi
  • Lis Lee..........Old Man Kangaroo
  • Gerry Loose..........from Synchronicities / ‘I was on fire’ / ‘how today’ / ‘how we still wake’
  • Irene Lotta..........Free Presbyterian Dolphins
  • James McGonigal..........The Blank Page / Last Week
  • Kathy McKean..........becoming
  • David S Mackenzie..........Gilfedder
  • Kirsten McKenzie..........Five Winter Haiku
  • Rob Mackenzie..........Designer Birthday for Little Brother
  • Cathy M Macmillan..........Luath air a Chagàilt
  • Hugh McMillan..........A Guide to Dumfries
  • Andrew McNeil..........You Know
  • Andy Manders..........the last ferry before the sabbath
  • Irfan Merchant..........Furniture / Roots
  • Marion F Morrison..........Beannaich ar laithean Saora - ‘O Cosa Nostra Laetitiae’ / Moire Mathair ’s a Pàisde Fon Turaid Faire
  • David Neilson..........The Banqueting Suite
  • Kathleen O’Rourke..........Marmite
  • Walter Perrie..........Gifts
  • Andrew Philip..........Nectarines
  • Lydia Robb..........Subtopia
  • Hugh Clark Small..........mirror life, mirror death
  • Julie Smith..........The Bee-Hive Brae
  • Kenneth C Steven..........Kittens
  • Tia Thomson..........These Gentle Days
  • Valerie Thornton..........In Cahoots with Allah / If only Coll were two floors down
  • Gael Turnbull..........The Lady Who Liked to Stroke Floors
  • B Watt..........Foxgloves / Vine Weevil
  • Helen Welsh..........Purple Iris
  • Brian Whittingham..........Nacho-Munchers and Dolly-Grips
  • Jim C Wilson..........Utter
  • Dawn Wood..........Midwinter’s Day, Florida
  • J W Wood..........For my Replacement

Last updated 10 June 2014.