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News and Announcements

ePOTB - publication opportunity for young writers and artists

Submissions of writing and artwork are invited for our first online edition of ePOTB. Pushing Out the Boat is looking for the best new work from young writers and artists aged 12 to 17. ePOTB will be published as an ezine on the Pushing Out the Boat website in Spring 2018 and a £50 prize will be awarded to the best contribution in each of the three categories: prose, poetry and art.

Submissions will be open from 23 September to 30 November 2017 and entries should be made online through the forms on our website. Follow this link for further details.

The Pushing Out the Boat team look forward to receiving entries and we wish you good luck!


POTB postcards and posters now for sale

Postcards and posters featuring the cover image from Issue 14 are now available for sale in our online shop.

Postcards can be purchased in packs of 6.


 
Posters are A3 in size. A limited number are available signed by the artist Tom Hammick.


Photos of the Launch of POTB Issue 14

Here are some photos taken at the launch of Issue 14 of Pushing Out the Boat on Sunday 30th April 2017 at the Phoenix Hall, Newton Dee, Aberdeen. A selection of contributors read poems and extracts from their stories and several of the contributing artists displayed their work in a small exhibition.

Click on a thumbnail below to view a slideshow of the event.


Boat launched in good company (P&J 13th May)

Press & Journal Photo Diary, Saturday 13th May

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Pushing Out the Boat sets sail again

Article in the Press and Journal, Monday 1st May.

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Issue 14 is launched

A wonderful afternoon at the Phoenix Hall in Newton Dee celebrating the launch of POTB 14. Thanks to all of our readers and contributors for their great readings and artwork! And also to the Lord Provost for making this his final public appearance in post, along with our patron Dame Anne Begg.


Tom Hammick Revealed as Artist behind the Front Cover of POTB 14

Internationally Acclaimed Artist Tom Hammick Revealed as the Artist behind the Front Cover of North-East Literary Magazine

[Excerpted from Press Release, 27th March 2017]

North-East Scotland’s literary magazine and Scottish charity, Pushing Out the Boat, has been gifted the use of a prize-winning image for the front cover of its 14th edition, which will be launched on 30th April.

Internationally acclaimed and 2016 V&A winner Tom Hammick has donated the use of his print, ‘Violetta and Alfredo’s Escape’, which was inspired by his time as artist in residence at English National Opera (ENO).

Front cover of Issue 14

Tom Hammick is a British artist based in East Sussex; in 2016, he completed an Artist Residency at Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen, where he is currently printing new editions. A senior lecturer in Fine Art, Painting and Printmaking at the University of Brighton, Visiting Lecturer Fine Art at University of Ulster, and at NSCAD University, his work can be found amongst many of the world’s major public and corporate collections.

Pushing Out the Boat is a journal of new writing and visual art, run by volunteers, and features work from both established and first-time published writers, local and international.  Recognising the importance of the many forms of Scots language to local culture and heritage, the magazine includes short stories and poems in Scots and, importantly, in Doric.

The Team at  Pushing Out the Boat is  excited about the upcoming edition, which is the fourteenth since 2000. They take pride in being a home for new writing and art and providing North-East Scotland with a literary and art journal to be proud of.  The voluntary team are honoured to have been gifted use of the image by Tom Hammick for this edition, not least as an acknowledgment of the quality  of the publication.

Of the print, Tom said: “Violetta and Alfredo’s Escape was inspired by a residency I had as artist in residence at ENO. This woodcut came from listening and watching their production of Traviata many times. I wanted to give Violetta a break, and somehow enable her and Alfredo to at least attempt to escape from the cruelty and stringent morals of the bourgeois society that separated them. Here they are in suburban bliss, somewhere I imagine upstream on the Thames!”

The team is extremely proud of the magazine and its place in local society. Its distinctive ‘blind selection’ process for choosing from submissions ensures a lack of favouritism – work is selected on merit alone.  The magazine’s supporters and contributors say that, from its earliest days, it has welcomed a unique blend of artistic approaches and inspirations. Pushing Out the Boat is a tribute to the North East.

 


Issue 14 of Pushing Out the Boat now available to pre-order

We are pleased to announce the POTB Team are on track with the production of our latest edition.  It boasts an array of inspiring work from talented authors, poets and artists, along with a glowing Foreword by novelist and poet Wayne Price, and the artist’s personal inspiration for the cover image*.  All that plus this year’s special bonus – a free POTB bookmark! Issue 14 will be in the shops from 1 May and is available to pre-order online now  – or join us at the Launch.

* More info on the cover coming very soon …


Tickets available for the Launch of Issue 14

Usually a private occasion, this year we are opening up the Launch to share with others.  So why not join us on the afternoon of Sunday 30 April and be amongst the first to see the new edition. This joyful event will include displays of original artwork as featured in the magazine, and writers reading their poems and stories from POTB14. Plus you can meet the contributors and the Team! Venue is the Phoenix Community Hall, Newton Dee Village, cost a mere £10, which also includes a copy of the £7 magazine [+ bookmark!] and refreshments.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and numbers are limited, so be quick!
Buy online at https://www.pushingouttheboat.co.uk/ticket-sales/


POTB now available at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

Pushing Out the Boat is now available for purchase at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, in the shop (Amigo) by the main entrance. An ideal gift to raise the spirits of a literary minded patient.

Display copies may also be read in the Sanctuary Room next to Robertson’s Roof Garden and in the Suttee Art Space.


Start of the POTB Blog

heartsThe POTB Blog has arrived. Here we plan to post extracts from our magazines, author profiles, commentaries and more. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we are starting with some romantic poems from earlier editions …
 


Selection of contributions for publication in POTB 14 is now complete

Selections for POTB 14 are now complete and successful contributors have been notified. Once again, the standard of submissions was very high, giving the selection panels a difficult (but enjoyable) task. So, congratulations to all successful contributors and commiserations to those who were unsuccessful – we had many fine entries but not enough space to include them all.

If you made a submission to Issue 14 you can check the details,  including confirmation of whether or not it has been chosen for publication, by logging in and visiting the My POTB page.

The hard work of editing and design is currently underway, with publication due in late April.

POTB would like to say a huge thank you to all who submitted, both those who were successful and those who were not. We hope you will enjoy POTB 14 when it is published and be inspired to submit again to future issues.


Seasonal Greetings and News Update

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SEASONAL GREETINGS FROM PUSHING OUT THE BOAT
… plus a brief update on all things POTB

First up: we’ve a special seasonal online offer on our website. Purchase copies of POTB magazines for the discount price of £4 (+ P&P). Place your order here at https://www.pushingouttheboat.co.uk/order-online/ but hurry, you’ll need to be QUICK.

Donations to local charities: the POTB Team unanimously agreed to share the festive spirit even further, by donating copies of POTB magazines to several good causes local to Aberdeen. These include the Hospice, Maggie’s Centre, CLAN, and various other places where folk may enjoy the magazine, especially during periods of enforced inactivity. Do let us know if YOU have a good cause close to your heart which might also benefit.

In the meantime, that same Team is beavering away to produce our next edition POTB14, due to launch in April 2017. The usual high quality submissions gave our selection panels the usual [welcome] problems; but the selections are now made and acceptance notifications in progress. Successful authors and poets should look out for some good news very soon, with the artists to hear around New Year time.

Our striking POTB covers have always been a big feature of the magazine; for POTB14 – as a new idea – we asked for cover designs. However, this time round our Art Selection Panel felt none of the submissions were quite appropriate, so they set about finding just the right image, hopefully to be donated by a high-profile artist. They succeeded! We can’t wait to tell you all about the artist who has made this generous offer – and to show off that new cover. Watch this space…

POTB 14 [with its striking new cover], is set to receive its first ever real promotion. With financial support from Aberdeen City Council [who, like us, felt the magazine should be much more widely recognised], we’ve embarked on a marketing project and are in the process of appointing a local PR company. More news shortly on our website and social media – plus you should be seeing press coverage in the run-up to the launch of the new edition. Support in this area is crucial so, as ever, we are seeking some experienced voluntary help. If you have these skills, do get in touch at our info email address.

Lots happening – and lots to come. Only time now for the POTB Team to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, hopefully full of literary and artistic creativity!

 


Seasonal Special Offer

special-offerTake advantage of this year’s special seasonal offer to purchase copies of POTB magazines for just £4 per copy (+ P&P). Offer available for online sales only.


Submissions to Issue 14 are now closed

Submissions to Issue 14 are now closed. A big thank-you to all those who submitted. It’s now over to the Selection Panels to study all the entries and choose which to publish in the magazine. Once the selection process is complete, successful submitters will be notified by email and asked to provide some brief biographical details for inclusion in the magazine.  We aim to launch Issue 14 in April 2017.


Pushing Out the Boat retrospective in the Blue Lamp - Sun 4 Sept

At a great evening’s entertainment in the atmospheric ambience of the Blue Lamp, an audience of over 80 were entertained by POTB writers reading stories and poems from the magazine’s 13 volumes. Two superb guests, poet Wayne Price and author Shane Strachan also read from their own works. Compere Ian Crockatt set a perfect tone for the event, while jazz musicians Rainer Goldbeck and Hamish Mackensie charmed the audience during the intervals. The event raised almost £600 to help fund future editions of the magazine and POTB are deeply indebted to Sandy Brown for donating the venue, and to his cheerful and helpful staff.

Click on a thumbnail below to view a slideshow of the event.


Poetry and prose submissions closed but artwork still open

POTB closed to submissions of poetry and prose on 9th September but will remain open for artwork submissions until 24th September.


An Evening with POTB: Sun 4th Sept

Join us for an evening with POTB at the Blue Lamp, Sunday 4th September, 7-10pm.

A retrospective of stories & poetry selected from previous editions of POTB, read by their authors or members of the POTB team. With special guests, and featuring live music, you’ll want to be there – and support the publication of POTB14!

Tickets: £8 in advance or £10 on the night.

Order your tickets here.


Call for Submissions to Issue 14

Submissions of writing and artwork are invited to Issue 14 of Pushing Out the Boat, North-East Scotland’s acclaimed magazine of prose, poetry and visual arts. The window for submissions is 1st June – 9th September 2016. Issue 14 will be published in April 2017.

Follow this link for further details on how to make a submission.


Issue 12 now available on-line

 

Issue 12 is now available to read on-line, through the digital publishing site, Issuu. Click here to take a look (will open in a new tab or window).


Join us at the University May Festival

 
Join us at the Aberdeen University May Festival on Sunday May 29 from 11 to 12am. Featuring poetry and prose from all 13 editions, read by their authors: and marking the Call for Submission to POTB14 due first week of June. Now, how could any fan of POTB miss that! Tickets are available online at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/mayfestival/events/9789/ See you there we hope!


Launch of Useful Links web page

 
There is a new resource on our website – the Useful Links page. This is a collection of web links that we at POTB have found helpful and hope will be of interest to our readers, writers and artists. We have focussed mainly on literary organisations, including groups & publications, along with events and festivals, many in North-East Scotland. Additionally, and perhaps most important of all, we’ve included links to POTB contributors, all of whom are being invited to submit a link to their personal web site or Facebook page.

We hope you will find this new resource both interesting and useful and invite you to help us keep it up-to-date by  suggesting additional links, using the Suggestion Box included on the page.


Season's Greetings

 
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Season’s Greetings from all of us at Pushing Out the Boat.
There’s still time to buy a copy of Issue 13 for Christmas or as a first-footing gift.
Click on the reindeer to order online or buy from one of  our local vendors – check out our Facebook page for the latest pop-up sales venues.
 

Festive Season Special Offer

 

PUSHING OUT THE BOAT Issue 13

a Great Christmas Gift for that literary friend 

Price £7 each or

take advantage of our special seasonal offer:

2 copies for £10

Order your copies here


Public launch of Issue 13 at May Festival

 

Issue thirteen of POTB was finally launched to the general public at the Aberdeen May Festival, at midday on Sunday May 31st 2015. A select group of contributors were on hand to read their submissions, in an hour-long programme introduced by editor Sheila Reid and compèred by Bernie Briggs (prose panel convenor).

The ‘Word Marquee’ on King’s Lawn, within the grounds of Aberdeen University, was the ideal venue to display the wealth of writing talent contained in the pages of our most recent and (dare we say it) best edition of POTB. Despite the rain, which thundered on the roof as proceedings got underway, a sizeable audience settled down to a varied selection of poetry and prose and at the end were invited to buy their own copies, which they did in good numbers.

Many thanks to the Festival for hosting us; to all the readers and the audience for turning out on such a wet day to support us.

Click on a thumbnail below to view a slideshow of the event.


Don't miss Pushing Out the Boat at University May Festival, Sunday 31 May

 

Pushing Out the Boat will be at the University of Aberdeen May Festival on Sunday 31 May, at 12 noon in the Word Marquee on Kings Lawn. Several of our poets and authors will read from their work and there will be an opportunity to buy your own copy of the latest edition of our magazine.

Tickets, which are free, are available from the May Festival Box Office at Kings College Conference Centre.

 


Pushing Out the Boat Issue 13 is launched

 

Issue 13 of Pushing Out the Boat, North-East Scotland’s Magazine of New Writing, was launched on Sunday 26th April at the Phoenix Community Centre, Newton Dee, Aberdeen. A selection of contributors read poems and extracts from their stories and several of the contributing artists displayed their work on the walls of the Phoenix Centre.

Click on a thumbnail below to view a slideshow of the event.


Pushing Out the Boat Issue 13 ready to launch

 
Our latest edition, Issue 13, has just arrived from the printer, ready for our contributor Launch on Sunday 26 April. We think it is indeed our best yet. 96 pages of selected stories, poems and art, 57 writers and artists, many from or with connections to the local area, are introduced in a Foreword by acclaimed writer Esther Woolfson. The first-time published are represented, as well as youngsters aged from 12 to 17, side-by-side their established peers.

The magazine will be available for purchase in the next week or two from our outlets – or why not order a copy online here now.

This new edition will also be featured at Aberdeen University’s May Festival: we’re on at noon on Sunday 31 May, when you’ll hear several of our poets and authors reading from their work. Why not make it a date, book a (free!) ticket and join us in Old Aberdeen?

After its launch, this new edition of Pushing Out the Boat can be read in public and school libraries of both City and Shire, and those of Aberdeen’s Universities and Colleges.

 


Pushing Out the Boat Issue 13 almost ready to launch!

 
The next edition of POTB is preparing to head off to the printer – and it looks like our best yet. The magazine will be available for purchase from Monday 27 April, though it may take a little longer to reach all our retail outlets.  For postal delivery,  you can  pre-order here now.

Also note that our public launch will take place at noon on Sunday 31 May at The University of Aberdeen’s May Festival, when you will be able to listen to several of our poets and authors reading from their work. Why not make it a date and join us in Old Aberdeen?


Selection of contributions for publication in Issue 13 now complete

 
Selections for POTB 13 are now complete and successful contributors have been notified. The standard of submissions was incredibly high, so congratulations to all successful contributors. Commiserations to everyone else – you really are in excellent company. The hard work of editing and design is currently underway, with publication due in late April.

If you made a submission to Issue 13 you can check the details,  including confirmation of whether or not it has been chosen for publication, by logging in and visiting the My Profile page.

POTB would like to say a huge thank you to all who submitted, both those who were successful and those who were not. We hope you will enjoy POTB 13 when it is published and be inspired to submit again to future issues.


Issue 11 now available to read online

 

Issue 11 of  Pushing Out the Boat is now available to read online, through the digital publishing site Issuu. Click here to take a look (will open in a new tab or window).


Season's Greetings


Season’s Greetings from all us at Pushing Out the Boat.
And remember, a copy of one of our magazines makes a great stocking filler or first-footing present – buy from our local vendors or click on the elf to order online.

Issue 10 Online Updated

Apologies to anyone who read the online version of Issue 10 before today (22 November). We had accidentally uploaded a draft version which was missing some items and had incorrect page numbering. Oops! The correct version has now been published online. Happy reading!

There are still some printed copies available for sale. They would make an excellent small Christmas gift and can be ordered here.


Submissions to Issue 13 now closed

 
Submissions  to Issue 13 are now closed, with increased numbers of submissions and submitters.  All at POTB are delighted that our new online system has been so warmly embraced – and we extend respect and heartfelt gratitude to our webmaster for designing such a slick new process.


Thanks to Huntly Writers

 
Many thanks to Huntly Writers for hosting the latest of our Pop-Up events on 15th October, feauturing work from our latest edition, Issue 12. Thanks especially to guest readers from the writing group: Linda Smith, reading a very moving extract from her own story, plus pieces by others; and Maureen Ross,  who read a poem by local writer Janice Keir (sadly unable to be with us on the night). Both were joined by POTB members Sheila McDerment, Martin Walsh and, last but not least, our regular Pop-Up host, Bernie Briggs. All read and performed a great mix of prose and poetry, much enjoyed by the audience – helped along by some welcome refreshments and an opportunity to socialise.


Next Pop-Up event to be in Huntly on Wednesday 15th October

 
Following on from the success of our first two Pop-Up events in the Oil & Glass Gallery in Aberdeen and Better Read Books in Ellon, the next POTB Pop-Up event will be hosted by Huntly Writers.

At Huntly OAP Hall on

Wednesday 15 October at 7.15 pm

Members of  PUSHING OUT THE BOAT will present an evening of readings from their latest edition,  Issue 12.

With guest local writers:  Linda Smith and Janice Keir

Admission Free

 


Photo from Pop-Up event at Better Read Books

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Readers Martin Walsh, Bernard Briggs, Alison Green and Georgia Brooker at Better Read Books

Many thanks to Bill and Euan Kelly of Better Read Books, Ellon for hosting the second of our Pop-Up events on 29th August.

A good mixture of poignant, funny and thought-provoking extracts of Poetry and Prose from Issue 12 of POTB was received enthusiastically by the audience. Thanks also to readers, Alison Green, Georgia Brooker, Martin Walsh and Bernard Briggs who read with flair and kept things moving along nicely. During the break, everyone enjoyed the hearty refreshments served up by Bill and Euan. Look out for news of our next Pop-Up in Huntly.

 


Pop-Up Event - Friday 29th August - Better Read Books, Ellon

The second in our series of Pop-Up events will be hosted by Better Read Books in Ellon! Come along and listen to selected Poetry and Prose from Issue 12, read by the Pushing Out the Boat team and specially invited contributors. Refreshments will be provided. During the intervals you will get the chance to chat to members of the team and ask questions about the magazine. You will also be able to browse the well stocked shelves of this fantastic book shop and chat to owners Bill and Euan Kelly; maybe do a little early Christmas Shopping! Copies of the magazine will also be for sale.

Friday 29th August, 7-9pm
Better Read Books
18 Ythan Terrace, Ellon, AB41 9LJ


Video of Pop-Up event at Oil and Glass Gallery

Here’s a short video; filmed, edited, and produced, as a university assignment, by student Joe Briggs, following our Pop-Up event at Oil and Glass gallery. It gives  a real flavour of our evening. Many thanks Joe for your hard work and for sharing it with us.

Video of POTB Pop-Up Event, July 2014


Photos from Pop-Up Event at Oil & Glass Gallery

A few photographs of our Pop-Up event at Oil and Glass on Thursday 31st.
A great evening was had by all.
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POTB meet with Aberdeen Positive (AB+)

Two POTB Team Members attended an Aberdeen Positive (AB+) event in late June, giving a short presentation about the project, raising our profile in the Scottish North-East cultural community – and showing off our beautiful magazines.  A great networking occasion and some new local fans!


Pop Up Event - Thursday 31 July 7.30pm - Oil & Glass Gallery

By popular demand, Pushing Out The Boat will be hosting a series of small Pop-Up events in your local area during the next few months. Featuring content from our latest edition Issue 12, the literary evenings will take place in galleries and bookshops around the North-East, giving you the opportunity to not only hear selected works from the magazine, but also browse the venues and enjoy some refreshments with us.

The first of these will take place on Thursday 31 July from 7.30 to 9.00pm, at Oil & Glass Gallery, 88 Holburn St, Aberdeen. Members of the POTB Team plus guests will read poems and stories from Issue 12. A rare opportunity to relax and enjoy some great literature in delightful surroundings. Why not join us?


Call for Submissions to Issue 13

Submissions of writing and artwork are invited to Issue 13 of Pushing Out the BoatNorth-East Scotland’s acclaimed magazine of prose, poetry and visual arts. The window for submissions is 10th July – 1st November 2014. Issue 13 will be published in April 2015.

Follow this link for further details on how to make a submission.


Charity Status for Pushing Out the Boat

Pushing Out the Boat has been awarded charity status. Effective from 12th June 2014, we are a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation, SCIO No SC044919. Well done to those on the team who spent long hours preparing the extensive paperwork for our SCIO application.


Issue 10 published online

Issue 10 of Pushing Out the Boat is now available to read online, through the digital publishing site Issuu. Click here to take a look (will open in a new tab or window).


Forward Prize Entry chosen

The poem Keeping the Faith Beyond Anaheim Street by Jeffrey C Alfier, published in the current issue of Pushing Out the Boat,  was selected as our entry to the ‘Best Single Poem’ category of the Forward Prizes 2014. The Forward shortlist will be announced in May 2014: work by all shortlisted and highly commended poets will be published in September in the annual Forward Book of Poetry.


Online ordering

Order Online
Copies of Pushing out the Boat can now be ordered online and paid for through PayPal.

Use the Buy Now button  to purchase copies of Issue 12 for delivery within the UK.

Or fill in the Order Form to order copies of past issues or request delivery outwith the UK.


Pushing out the Boat - a glorious gallimaufry for the reader and viewer

Northwards Now issue25coverPushing out the Boat was reviewed in the Autumn edition of Northwards Now – the FREE Literary Magazine of the North. This opening paragraph sets the tone for a positive and enthusiastic review:

Pushing Out the Boat, North-East Scotland’s Magazine of New Writing and Visual Arts (Issue 12, A4, 95pp, full colour) catches and holds the eye with a wonderful polychrome, patchwork mosaic of a cover by Eleanor Leonne Bennett, age 17. Itself worth the cover  price of £6! The be-covered contents comprise prose, poetry and artwork, a glorious – sometimes gallous – gallimaufry for the reader and viewer.

To whet the reader’s appetite, the review text is punctuated by a selection of  quotations from Issue 12  with contributions by Stephen Devereux, Ian Crockatt, Olivia McMahon, Megan Seymour, Donnie Ross, Rob McClure Smith, Stephen Pacitti, Jane Pettigrew and Janice Keir being singled out for special mention.

The full text of the review can be read here.

Review author is Robert Ritchie, “a widely published poet, impassioned admirer of the city of Aberdeen, and secretary of Stirling Writers Group”.


The Forward Prizes for Poetry

The Forward Prizes for Poetry are now open for 2014, and as publishers of Pushing Out the Boat we’ve been invited to nominate up to four poems from the magazine (Issue 12) for the category of Best Single Poem. Do you have a favourite?  Please send us your choice[s] via our Facebook Page or by email to Info@Pushing Out the Boat.co.uk


Epic Awards Update - Have you voted yet?

Alas we didn’t win the main Epic Award 2014 but voting is still open for the People’s Choice Award. Have you cast your vote yet? If not, you can either vote online through the Epic Awards web site.

See below for an extract from the encouraging letter we received from Voluntary Arts Scotland.

“I am writing to inform you that the judging panel of this year’s Epic Awards has now met, and a decision has been reached.

The panel comprised of Voluntary Arts Scotland staff and a representative from Creative Scotland – and we all agreed that choosing a winner and runner-up was incredibly hard in the face of so many wonderful projects and organisations.

It was an extremely close call, but I am sorry to inform you that on this occasion, you have not been awarded the Scotland winner or runner-up.

We were all extremely impressed by your application, and agreed that Pushing Out the Boat was an impressive example of what can be achieved within the voluntary cultural sector. However, the panel felt that two other groups just had the edge.

The People’s Choice Award will remain open for voting until Monday 24 February – so please keep encouraging friends and family to vote for you! A winner will be announced at the Epic Awards Winners’ Reception in Glasgow on Wednesday 26 February, as well as the winner of the Peer Award for Excellence, which you are also still in the running for .”

 


POTB nominated for the Epic Awards 2014

We are delighted to announce that Pushing Out the Boat has been nominated for the Epic Awards 2014! The awards are run by Voluntary Arts UK to recognise excellence in voluntary arts and crafts in the UK, and we are thrilled to be on the shortlist for the Scottish award, along with lots of other great voluntary cultural organisations across the country. There is a public vote for the People’s Choice Award so please, if you’d like to support us, go to http://blog.epicawards.co.uk/category/epic-awards-2014/shortlisted-2014/ to cast your vote. Thanks to all involved for your time and talents in making our magazine!


Season's Greetings


Season’s Greetings from all us at Pushing Out the Boat.
There’s still just time to buy a copy of Issue 12 for Christmas.

Issue 9 now available online

Issue 9 is now available to read online, through the digital publishing site, issuu.
Click here to take a look. (Will open in a new window.)


Website moves to Wordpress

During the autumn, we have been converting the POTB website into a WordPress site. This makes it easier to maintain and will provide opportunities to add new features. We have retained the basic design of the previous site with some modest changes to the colour scheme and menu design.


Launch of Issue 12

Issue 12 of Pushing Out the Boat, North-East Scotland’s Magazine of New Writing, was launched on Sunday 1 September 2013 at the Phoenix Hall, Newton Dee, Aberdeen.


Call for submissions for Issue 12

Submissions opened for Issue 12 in January 2013. Deadline for submissions was 1st March.


Launch of Issue 11

Issue 11 of Pushing Out the Boat, North-East Scotland’s Magazine of New Writing, was launched on Sunday 6 May 2012 at Peacock Visual Arts in Aberdeen, and was showcased at the SMART Gallery’s IMPRINT Weekend on Sunday 27th May 2012.


Launch of Issue 10