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Pushing Out the Boat

  • probably the best regional literary magazine in Scotland,
  • high quality writing, with a unique blend of the local and the global.
  • a thrilling place to be published alongside writers and artists from around the world
... a fantastic magazine ... essential for highlighting and enriching local culture. I’m a huge fan of literary publications and the work within POTB is of such high standard.

Tom Hammick

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Tom Hammick

... a fantastic magazine ... essential for highlighting and enriching local culture. I’m a huge fan of literary publications and the work within POTB is of such high standard.
. . . sharp-eyed, open minded . . . helping to launch the careers of many new writers and to publish high quality work by established writers

Duncan McLean

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Duncan McLean

. . . sharp-eyed, open minded . . . helping to launch the careers of many new writers and to publish high quality work by established writers
…a high quality magazine like Pushing Out the Boat encourages and enables North-East writers and artists to bring their best work to the attention of a wide and discerning audience…

J Graeme Roberts

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J Graeme Roberts

…a high quality magazine like Pushing Out the Boat encourages and enables North-East writers and artists to bring their best work to the attention of a wide and discerning audience…
It has expanded its horizons while maintaining the tone and savour of place which has always made it unique.

Esther Woolfson

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Esther Woolfson

It has expanded its horizons while maintaining the tone and savour of place which has always made it unique.
Seafaring and mindfaring are vital to our city: more power to the elbows of those who push out this handsome vessel.

John Aberdein

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John Aberdein

Seafaring and mindfaring are vital to our city: more power to the elbows of those who push out this handsome vessel.
Its standards remain exceptionally high, and format makes it a delight to handle

Isobel Murray

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Isobel Murray

Its standards remain exceptionally high, and format makes it a delight to handle
... more than just another literary magazine ... its 14 issues comprise an extraordinary and beautifully produced treasure house of new writing and art.

Wayne Price

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Wayne Price

... more than just another literary magazine ... its 14 issues comprise an extraordinary and beautifully produced treasure house of new writing and art.
. . . it continues to delight in its eclectic range of literary and visual contributions and in the care with which it is produced

Christine de Luca

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Christine de Luca

. . . it continues to delight in its eclectic range of literary and visual contributions and in the care with which it is produced
. . . a fantastic and quality showpiece for art and new literature from the North East of Scotland

Magi Gibson

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Magi Gibson

. . . a fantastic and quality showpiece for art and new literature from the North East of Scotland
Well-produced, nicely balanced... one of the most attractive magazines of its kind in Scotland, providing an important forum for new poetry and prose

Alan Spence

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Alan Spence

Well-produced, nicely balanced... one of the most attractive magazines of its kind in Scotland, providing an important forum for new poetry and prose
I find that if you tap the covers, Pushing Out the Boat becomes a Marauders Map and Phrasebook, indispensable for sojourns in this space of sea and peak, couth and cheek…

Mindy Grewar

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Mindy Grewar

I find that if you tap the covers, Pushing Out the Boat becomes a Marauders Map and Phrasebook, indispensable for sojourns in this space of sea and peak, couth and cheek…
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A Tribute to Martin and Freda

Martin WalshFreda HaslerMarch saw a major change to the crew and complement of the Boat with the retirement of Martin Walsh and Freda Hasler, who have been core members of the Pushing Out The Boat team since Issue 5. We intend to hold a celebratory event of readings by magazine contributors and friends once we are past corona lockdown restrictions. In the meantime, read and enjoy our tribute to them on the POTB blog.

Ed. meets Ed. – Q&A with our new editor

POTB regulars may have noticed the occasional reference to a new editor tucked away on the website. Well now we can introduce her properly on our home page. She’s Lily Greenall.

Lily comes to us via the University of Aberdeen and the Isle of Lewis. She is a writer herself and has edited the university’s own creative writing magazine, Causeway. She’s an ideal fit for POTB and we are so pleased to have her on board.

Lily replaces Pushing Out the Boat stalwart and current editor Martin Walsh. So what better way to introduce her to the wider world than a Q&A between retiring editor Martin (the Qs) and incoming editor Lily (the As), posted on the POTB Blog? It’s a great interview encompassing her upbringing, favourite authors and literary genre, and even the devil in Scottish folklore. Lily is also a contributor to the latest issue of Pushing Out the Boat – hop over to the Issue 15 web page to read an extract from her short story Frank.

Our Magazines

You can read about POTB, and how we work, on the About POTB page. Our latest edition, POTB Issue 15, boasts an array of inspiring work by talented authors, poets and artists, from home and abroad, the first-time published beside old hands. You will find within its pages humour, pathos and drama in Doric, Scots and English, along with stimulating works of art. This Issue’s Foreword is by the award-winning Hebridean writer, artist and poet Ian Stephen; while the eye-catching cover is based on an image by Colin Brown, whose work, coincidently, was also selected for the cover of POTB Issue 1.

Click on the image below to take a peek.

Front cover of Issue 15

Issue 15 can be purchased from our retail outlets or ordered from our online store.

After looking at Issue 15, why not browse through other editions of the magazine. Online versions of Issues 9 – 13 can be read in full and sample extracts from Issues 6 – 8 offer a flavour of earlier editions. Then visit our online shop where all editions of the magazine are available for purchase.

An image from Issue 15

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