Rodge is currently Associate Editor at Freight Books, a role he had taken on informally since 2012 but formalised on return from Bolivia in Spring 2014. In 2014 he has worked on novels by Hande Zapsu Watt, Wayne Price, Cathy McSporran, Toni Davidson and others, and will be continuing with this role in 2015. Also, Rodge occasionally works on one-off projects, such as Throne of Games….
In his pre-Freight days, Rodge worked closely with his ex-student Mark Buckland and Cargo Publishing for several years during their infancy, 2009-2012. He was responsible for The Year of Open Doors, Second Lives: Tales from Two Cities (with Jane Bernstein) and Allan Wilson’s Wasted in Love. Some reviews below…
THE YEAR OF OPEN DOORS
“A very important book…a genuine breakout collection.”-Irvine Welsh
“Everything that is brilliant about Scotland and new writing.”-The Skinny
“Cargo Publishing has taken a risk here….[it] has paid off in spades. Deserves to be read. And recommended.”-The Scotsman
“Immaculate collection…a mission to revive Scotland’s independent literary tradition.”- The List
“The most Scottish book of the year…a book to admire.”- The Independent
“Buy two and give one to someone you care about…a superb collection, unbelievably important.”-Indelible Ink
“Glass’s introduction gives a super overview of the anthology as a whole and the genesis and design of the project; Orange Prize nominee Sophie Cooke’s cynical depiction of corporate “democracy” (“United Solutions”) is quite superb, and Aidan Moffat’s well-observed confession by a prurient young man who undertakes a phone-based vendetta against the local neds and who feels the need to let the local police know what he’s done (“The Boy Donaldson”) is both a lot of fun and a lot of sinister. “-The Music Slut
“There are two stand-out contributions, those of Duncan McLean and Kevin MacNeil. McLean’s brand of anarchic comedy and exasperated pathos is in fine form in Here Wouldn’t Be There, a story which manages to use the word “jitteryer” as if it wasn’t newly formed. MacNeil’s A Snake Drinks Water And Makes Poison, A Cow Drinks Water And Makes Milk is set against the 2004 tsunami, and manages to balance a striking sense of actually witnessing the events with a feeling of reflective distance. The sentences expand and contract in imitation of the sea’s retreat and apocalyptic resurgence; and MacNeil weaves in reflections about the supernatural and the divine in a purely human manner. Daibhidh Martin, whose piece shows real talent, a willingness to be askance and a poetic sensibility.” -Scotland On Sunday
WASTED IN LOVE by Allan Wilson
“★★★★. Assured…many moments of resonance and skill in a confident prose style.”-The Big Issue
“Quite frankly, it’s a brilliant book, well crafted, authentic and necessary.” The Skinny
“He reads like the real thing…a terrific debut anthology.” Tom Leonard.
“This book is tough and tender Dirty Realism that leaves no stone unturned in its search for the truth. Using lean, economical prose Wilson lays bare the hearts and minds of ordinary human beings, with enough love, concern and humour to prevent mere cynicism. Allan Wilson is a thrilling young voice, and might just represent the future of Scottish fiction.” Alan Bissett.
“…This is a writer who pays attention and writes with such vigilance and diligent compassion that you admire and hope for more” The Scotsman