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QUEEN OF THE SHEEP

New Writing Scotland 23

Edited by Valerie Thornton & Hamish Whyte

Published in: Paperback.
By: Association for Scottish Literary Studies, Glasgow, July 2005.
Price: £6.95
ISBN 978-0-948877-69-8

Cover image: Stephanie Black



  • Queen of the Sheep is out of print.

Forty-eight contributors this year, slightly down on Issue 21, but with about the same number of pieces. Twenty-seven men, twenty-one women: the gender balance is improving. And a good mixture of well-known, up-and-coming and new names. As ever, it’s all new writing and the usual wide range of topics and styles that never fails to amaze.
    We have country and city (source of much humour, gallus and gallows); weather (rain, of course) and seasons; Frank O’Hara in Gaelic and Jock Steinbeck in Canada; a few birds (eider, chicken, wren and Brent Millar’s lovebirds); food (regularly on the NWS menu); sheep (not least Jim Carruth’s title poem, the latest in his ongoing series of agriverse) and much more.
    Both of us have been involved with New Writing Scotland since it began and are sorry to be standing down as editors (Hamish this year, Val next year), but we will continue to submit poems and stories as potential contributors (anonymously, of course!). As editors we have thoroughly enjoyed the process – the discovery of exciting new talent is particularly rewarding. Someone once wrote that an editor is ‘nothing more than a highly sensitised reader, the first link in what may be a chain of proliferating impacts.’ We’re not sure how highly sensitised we are, but we’re happy to be that first link.
    The previous issue, Number 22, was a compendium of the first twenty issues (and well-received, we may say) and marked a watershed. Number 23 is the start of the next generation of New Writing Scotland and we hope it will keep going, reinvigorated – by its publishers, by its editors, by wonderful new work by writers old and new and by you, its readers, the most important link in the chain.

May New Writing Scotland live long and prosper!

Valerie Thornton
Hamish Whyte

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Contents

  • Tom Bryan..........Hey, Eddie Rae
  • Jim Carruth..........Queen of the Sheep / The Moleman’s Apprentice / Island Rhythms / 264
  • Ken Cockburn..........On the Flyleaf of Yves Klein / On the Flyleaf of Submariner #36
  • Neil Cocker..........Landfill
  • Michael Coutts..........Douggie’s Thoughts
  • James Cressey..........Urchin
  • Alexander Cuthbert..........The Impossibility of Pure Water
  • Vicki Feaver..........Sloes / Green
  • Graham Fulton..........Remainders / This Is Your Life
  • Rab Swannock Fulton..........ahm grinnin lik an eejit
  • Robin Fulton..........Octet / The River Helmsdale / Geography Lessons
  • Iain Galbraith..........Blue Wings
  • Mark Gallacher..........The Miles
  • Paul Gorman..........A Swarming
  • Rody Gorman..........Frank O’Hara: Dàn / Cuileag-shneachda / Dìreach gus a Ràdh / Gluasad
  • Charlie Gracie..........Rain
  • Rosemary Hector..........Brent Millar’s Lovebirds
  • Kate Hendry..........All That Glass
  • Sonja Henrici..........Waiting for Neptune
  • John Heraghty..........Falling
  • Duncan Jones..........Urban Myths
  • Beth Junor..........Asunder / Winter Solstice
  • Kirsten Kearney..........Psalm 23
  • Lis Lee..........Bush Fire
  • Joanna Lilley..........thief / disappointment / emigrant
  • Stuart Robert Macdonald..........Jock Steinbeck on Rue Osgoode, Ottawa / Aceto Balsamico
  • Morag McDowell..........Pond Life
  • James McGonigal..........The Camphill Wren / Preparations for Easter / The Half-Awake Soul
  • Mora Maclean..........Playing Scarecrow / In the Fitting Room
  • Tony McLean..........F.FWD
  • Niall MacRath..........Dh’Èirich Snathag
  • Lyn Moir..........Not an Eider Duck
  • Michael Munro..........Time for New Stories
  • Donald S. Murray..........Hats
  • Si¨saidh NicRath..........A’ Choinneamh / Ainmhidh
  • Chris Powici..........Ewe-Skull
  • Sarah Reynolds..........The Visitors
  • R.J. Ritchie..........New Words
  • Lydia Robb..........Auntie Bean Undresses / Antisyzygy
  • Kirsteen Scott..........At the Dance
  • Robert Swift..........The Plaited Dog Turd with the Oak-Leaf Sail
  • Judith Taylor..........After Sappho / Chicken Poem
  • Sheila Templeton..........Calyx for Georgia O’Keeffe / Roasting Vegetables for Lunch
  • Tim Turnbull..........The Stockman’s Calendar
  • Fiona R. Walker..........Inside the Kist / Glacier / Imagining 90
  • Fiona Wilson..........First Line
  • Kirsti Wishart..........L’Oiseau Mechanique
  • Olga Wojtas..........The Ballad of the Starbucks Café

Last updated 10 June 2014.