Published by Pushing Out the Boat, 2009
Issue 8 of Pushing Out the Boat, North East Scotland’s own prestigious magazine of new writing and visual art was launched on 2 May 2009. The event at Duff House, Banff, as part of the Wordfringe 2009 North Coast Weekend, featured readings by many of the contributors along with displays of artwork.
Cover: ‘Combination Blue’ (marine plastics and text) by Steve McPherson
FOREWORD by John Aberdein
“Now that a skillful and subtle writer has been installed in the White House, there is no excuse for the rest of us. Just as the ability to project a vision clearly is vital to a President at this crux in human history, so it is for each of us as we seek paths out of the morass.
Propaganda, greed and short-sightedness have had their riotous day. The only kind of globalisation that can work now is the recognition — through cherishing the diversity of our thoughts and experiences — that we are not senseless atoms, vapid victims, or the chucked fag-end of somebody’s imbalance sheet, but that we are one.
That is why Pushing Out the Boat is important. I congratulate the contributors on having the courage and tenacity to bring their imaginings to fruition. And I congratulate the team on their dedication in bringing such work to the light of day. For no-one can push a boat out on their own….
Read, consider; and enjoy!”
John Aberdein’s Amande’s Bed, set in Aberdeen, won the Saltire First Book of the Year award in 2005. His second novel Strip the Willow, set in Aberdeen/Uberdeen, was published by Polygon in May 2009.
Sarah Ellen Taylor
Christie Van Laningham
Hilary de Vries