Well, this happened. This being the launch of Glasgow’s newest arts journal from Northern Renewal. The first issue is entitled 10p mix and is on sale at selected venues around Glasgow, including the Project Cafe, and online via etsy. It contains some delightful contributions from artists and writers, including an excellent love story called Deek by someone called David Forrest. One to watch I think. On a serious note, one thing that runs through the magazine is a sense of voice. From Stephen Watt’s Orange Carbon Junkies to Mark McG’s Foodie Forcefield, there is a strong quality of writing tempered with a satire that doesn’t allow the reader to take themselves too seriously. It’s a bit Scottish that way.
The launch night was held at the aforementioned Project Cafe and it was my first ever visit. The venue was bright and colourful and the crowd pretty friendly despite being limited to standing room only after the first few minutes. Amy and Katie did a great job of hosting the night. One could easily tell this was a labour of love for them, there was a spiritual energy to the event. This was creativity, the highest form of expression, their heart for Scotland and the arts. It was a privilege to be invited to take part.
I brought a few pals from work who had never been to such an event before. Glasgow’s grass roots writing scene seems to have grown exponentially over the last few years. It feels as though you are participating in something that has a purpose, direction and narrative, that is finding new ways to share itself. That seems to be close to the heart of Northern Renewal, and I encourage you to check them out on facebook.
And if you do drop by the Project Cafe pick up a copy of 10p mix from their inhouse bookshop. Whilst you’re there, why not also pick up a copy of Gutter 10 – released a little earlier in the year, I hear it also features some writing by that remarkable David Forrest fellow I mentioned earlier.