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by Stephen Watt
Publisher: Red Squirrel Press
In 2017 Andrew Smith, then Director, now Chair of the Scottish Writers’ Centre, came up with a dynamic idea to run a Twitter campaign inviting poets to pitch an idea and the winner would have a poetry pamphlet published by the SWC’s publisher partner, Red Squirrel Press. Poet, critic, essayist, editor, designer and typesetter Gerry Cambridge, poet Sheila Templeton, writer, musician and Editor of both Postbox Press (the literary fiction imprint of Red Squirrel Press) and Postbox International Short Story Magazine, Colin Will, and myself took part in a panel at the SWC, ‘How to get published’ in October 2017. Andrew received many entries, a shortlist was drawn up, Stephen Watt subsequently won and persuaded me to publish a full-length collection.
— Sheila Wakefield, Founding Editor, Red Squirrel Press
Glasgow is correctly lauded for its wonderful characters and hospitality but at the turn of the Millennium it was dubbed the ‘Murder Capital of Europe’ with sectarian divisions and organised crime rife in the city. Four of its natives have been raised around the city’s Bridgeton area, cultivated by its ill-omened beliefs, and now have to separately find a way to subsist. But one crime family firmly believes in the tradition of torture and a novel way of disposing of its detractors. Who will emerge smelling of roses—or end up pushing the roses up from the earth below?
This was interesting read, a crime book but not a novel, oh no it was entirely written in verse! At first I wasn’t sure how I would like this, but you know what it actually works really really well! I haven’t read anything like this, so Stephen Watt has created a little niche here which is quite refreshing, and I would actually love to read more from him in this style.
As its written in verse its amazing how each poem can continue on with the story in way that makes it flows well, I was worried at first that it would be a bit of jumble and I honestly don’t know how he did it, but you get so engrossed in each verse that you can’t help but devour them in one sitting. The story in itself is a dark read, and the violence, gore and the darkness leaps off each verse.
If you are looking for a very different style of read then I can definitely recommend Fairy Rock!
About the Author
Stephen Watt was born in the Vale of Leven in 1979. His awards include first prize in the Poetry Rivals Slam, the StAnza International Digital Poetry Slam, and the Tartan Treasures award. Notable collections which he has curated include the Joe Strummer Foundation collection Ashes To Activists (2018) and the James Watt bicentenary booklet Horsepower (2019). He is Dumbarton Football Club’s Poet-in-Residence and was appointed the Makar for the Federation of Writers (Scotland) in 2019. He lives in Dumbarton with his wife Keriann and pug Beanz.