I am currently Associate Editor at Cargo Publishing, also a freelance editor working with Freight Books and The Literary Consultancy in London, amongst others. I am available for hire, to work privately with aspiring writers, and can be contacted directly through this site.
CARGO PUBLISHING is a company run by my ex-student Mark Buckland. We first worked together on 2010’s The Year of Open Doors, an internationally- flavoured anthology of new Scottish fiction, which led to an extensive tour in venues both big and small, considerable critical acclaim and an audiobook in association with Chemikal Underground Records. Since then I have taken on a more formal role at Cargo as it has grown into one of the most prominent young independent publishers in Scotland. Recently I edited the highly praised collection of short stories by Allan Wilson, published in October 2011, and I am working on several new projects for 2012, soon to be announced. In December 2011 Cargo Publishing won the Best Newcomer Award at the inaugural List Magazine Cultural Awards. I went along, got drunk, and pretended I wasn’t bothered about winning. In February 2012 we ran the 2nd Annual Cargo bash in Glasgow, the Margins Book and Music Festival. This featured over 70 artists and led to 4 straight days of debauchery in between all the Cargo team running around like crazy. Ah, happy times.
Here are some of the reviews for The Year of Open Doors and Wasted in Love:
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