In glorious May Day weather, literary magazine Pushing Out the Boat launched its 10th edition in Stonehaven.
The art gallery venue generously provided by the proprietor John Briggs, below his Persian Rug Emporium, offered the perfect ambience for many of the magazine’s talented writers reading from their own work. Several of the publication’s vibrant artwork was also displayed around the gallery’s walls.
An invited audience were treated to extracts from 22 diverse poets and story writers from both the North East and around the world.
Subject matter ranged from a hilarious Doric version of the Cinderella story set in deepest Aberdeenshire, a pest exterminator in Florida, to a crafty iguana in Ecuador.
MC, Sheila Reid, the magazine’s poetry convenor, while thanking the many people associated with Pushing Out the Boat, also informed the audience that the magazine shared the very same printer as that of the royal wedding programme.
In the words of Bernard MacLaverty, the Booker-shortlisted writer of the Foreword in this year’s 96-page full colour issue, Pushing Out the Boat ‘…is a delight to the eye and inner ear’.
The publication is produced entirely by volunteers with the support of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire Councils and is available for sale, priced £6, from its outlets across city and shire,. See the magazine’s website www.pushingouttheboat.co.uk, from which copies can be ordered and where you can read more about earlier editions.
Members of the public will have a great opportunity to enjoy readings by a number of Pushing Out the Boat’s contributors at the magazine’s WORD Festival event on Saturday May 14 at 1pm – see the Festival website www.abdn.ac.uk/word/events/687/ for details and to book tickets.