2019 Successful launch of High Tide FWS

The FWS 2019 Anthology ‘High Tide’ was successfully launched at the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh on 2 November 2019.

There were 21 readers, including some of the winners of the the FWS Vernal Equinox competition: Stephen Watt, Emma Baker, Derek Brown, Montague Chambers, Jane Lamb, Steve May, Sheila Millar, Deborah Moffat, Sue Proudlove, Leela Soma, Elaine Webster, Andy Allan, Paula Nicholson, Jo Gilbert, David Betteridge, Bert Thomson, Sharon Boyle, Mary Wigh, Anne MacKinnon, David McVey and Greg Michael-son

Our thanks to the Scottish Poetry Library for their super hospitality,  to the the anthology leader, Anne Connolly and her team; to Janet Crawford for co-ordinating submissions and live streaming the readings on Facebook, and also to Vincent Maguire for welcoming everyone to the event.

Thanks to Charlie Gracie and Catherine Hokin for prose selections. Neil Leadbeater and Sheila Templeton for English and Scots poetry selection, Jenifer Harley for production and distribution. Special thanks to Curriesprint, Broxburn, West Lothian who stepped in when our original printer let us down to produce the book on time with its beautiful cover from artwork designed by Loretta Serene Dunn.

Finally our thanks to Marjorie Lotfi Gill who really summed up what FWS are trying to achieve with the annual anthology: ‘These poems and stories renew our belief in the magic of the everyday …a child’s star brought down from the heavens in a public square, or the art in a car garage… There are so many glittering stars to choose from in High Tide. It’s a collection of work we’ll all return to again and again.’

Copies are available via the order form on our website. Cost £10 each plus £2 p&p for up to 2 copies, £2.50 for 3 copies and £3 for 4 – 8 copies.”

2019 FWS Anthology – now available!

The 2019 FWS anthology, High Tide, packed with poems and stories, will be launched on Saturday Nov 2nd at the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh at 12:30pm for 1:00. The afternoon closes at 3:30pm.

Our Makar, Stephen Watt, will be at the SPL for a “Meet the Makar” session at 11:00am.
This is an informal event, finishing  at 12:00 noon, and Stephen would eb delighted to see you.

**COPIES OF THE ANTHOLOGY ARE NOW AVAILABLE**

There is a special Early Bird offer for the Anthology in advance of the launch – that is before Nov 2nd. More details and an order form can be found at this address.

Submissions open for next FWS anthology

This year’s New Voices Press Anthology is now open for submissions. Submissions are invited from FWS MEMBERS ONLY until April 27th 2019 for the next anthology. Poems, stories and other literary compositions or graphics should be submitted according to the layout, size and number indicated in our guide for submissions at https://federationofwritersscotland.wordpress.com/members-publications/new-voices-press-2/submission-guidelines/

When ready, the submissions should be sent to Janet Crawford at janet94crawford@gmail.com.

Note: members are strongly advised not to submit material until they have read the guidelines for submissions. NVP cannot offer editorial advice in advance of selection or accept submissions which do not meet the selection criteria.

FWS 2018 Anthology: early bird offer!

Packed with poems and stories, the FWS 2018 Anthology Spindrift is now available. It will launch on November 10th at the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh where some of the contributors will read. Copies will be available there, but you can order one at a special Early Bird rate via this website – see here


					

Submissions open for next FWS Anthology

This year’s New Voices Press Anthology is now open for submissions. Submissions are invited from FWS members until April 28th 2018 for the next anthology. Poems, stories and other literary compositions or graphics should be submitted according to the layout, size and number indicated in our guide for submissions at https://federationofwritersscotland.wordpress.com/members-publications/new-voices-press-2/submission-guidelines/

When ready, the submissions should be sent to Anne Connolly at iamaine@aol.com

Note: members are strongly advised not to submit material until they have read the guidelines for submissions. NVP cannot offer editorial advice in advance of selection or accept submissions which do not meet the selection criteria.

If you want to get an idea of the standard, copies of last year’s anthology Landfall are still available and can be ordered at 

https://federationofwritersscotland.wordpress.com/2017/10/28/order-landfall-now-special-price-to-nov-4th/

We are planning to organise a February event to promote the anthology (which is already selling well) and for all the contributors unable to read at the Edinburgh launch. We’ll keep you posted.

 

2017 FWS Anthology Launch Nov 4th

We’re delighted to announce the launch of our latest anthology Landfall on Saturday 4 November at the Scottish Poetry Library. We will be joined by the Edinburgh Makar, who is a patron of the FWS, Christine de Luca, and will also be marking our 1000th member, Lianne Forbes, with a small presentation.

All contributors have received invitations but we regret that because of capacity/fire regulations there is a limit on numbers so that attendance is by invitation only. There will be an opportunity for members not in the anthology to purchase copies after the launch (details in the November newsmail) and to attend the event we are expecting to organise in Glasgow in February to celebrate the anthology, date and venue to be arranged.

 

News on Soundwaves

Apologies to those who are still waiting for their copies of Soundwaves, either as contributors or otherwise. Unfortunately there has been a difficult communication problem because of our colleague Etta Dunn’s house move.We are expecting that this situation will be rectified in the next few weeks. We have heard back from a couple of people who are affected and would ask anyone else who is still waiting to please get in touch at iamaine@aol.com as soon as possible. Thanks again to all the wonderful contributors and be assured that these unusual circumstances are a one-off, unavoidable situation.