“Out There: An Anthology of Scottish LGBT Writing” edited by Zoe Strachan— A Look at Gay Scotland

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Strachan, Zoe (editor). “Out There: An Anthology of Scottish LGBT Writing”, Freight Books, 2014.

 A Look at Gay Scotland

Amos Lassen

Here in the United States we really know nothing of gay life in other places and Scotland is one of those places. I do not recall ever reading anything about gay Scotland but now we do have this wonderful anthology of Scottish writers. There are twenty-four selections here and together they give us a peek at twenty-first century Scottish gay life. The selections are by Scotland’s leading and emerging gay writers. “The collection includes the likes of Ali Smith, whose The Accidental was nominated for the Man Booker and Orange Prizes, and winner of Whitbread Novel of the Year; Louise Welsh, whose The Cutting Room was nominated for the Orange Prize and won the Creasey Dagger; Jackie Kay, winner of the Guardian Fiction Prize and shortlisted for PEN/Ackerley and Costa prizes; Ronald Frame, author of Havisham; Toni Davidson, author of Scar Culture; and many exciting new voices.”

There is something here for everyone—there are pieces that provoke, make us think, move us and give us insight.

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