404 Ink + The Queer Dot: We Were Always Here

A few months ago Michael Lee Richardson from indie publishers 404 Ink got in touch with the arts collective I’m in, The Queer Dot, to discuss a possible collaborative event for Book Week Scotland.

Working together we decided that Clarks on Lindsay Street would be the best venue and that we’d showcase the work of two authors featured in 404 Ink’s recent anthology We Were Always Here, as well as the work of one of our own artists (ME), followed by a panel discussion, and then a set list of poetry and spoken word.

Shane Strachan and AR Crow were selected, which was fitting since Crow is also an active member of The Queer Dot, and the three of us participated in what I thought was a really well received panel discussion. During the break I rushed to buy a copy of the anthology, because Strachan had ended on a cliffhanger while reading one of his short stories. 

As with most anthologies I haven’t read the entire book cover to cover yet, but so far I’ve enjoyed ‘Adjustment Period’ by Gray Crosbie, ‘Sequins’ by Christina Neuwirth, Harry Josephine Giles’ ‘Abolish The Police’, and Alice Tarbuck’s ‘Mary Godwin Shelley’s Second Wife’ in particular.

Get it at 404ink.com/store/we-were- always-here-queer- words-anthology for £8.99.

Words: Ana Hine

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