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                  Having run a festival for over ten years, the selection of a balanced and diverse
                  programme of writers is never something I would underestimate. It is almost an
                  art in itself, as vital as the selection of images in a poem or the paring down of
                  narrative in a short story. Get it wrong and the whole will fall with the parts; get it
                  right and the selection will enhance the contents, each resonating with the other.

                  Enhanced by beautiful artwork, this excellent collection takes the reader through
                  a positive festival of forms – from poems to short stories, prose poems to found
                  poems – through haunting images, intriguing stories and allusive narratives –
                  looking intently at families, relationships and domestic life, at the natural world and
                  the cultivated world.

                  The journey takes us from an Indian cremation, past neighbours calling the
                  social worker, to the old Botanic Gardens Station in Glasgow. Along the way we
                  encounter Moebius strips, flying bananas, the daily alien, aphid sex, a night ritual
                  and a gentleman spider. We take in unbaked dough, zeppelins, spaces-ships and
                  submarines, even a really strong glue that fixes chairs to walls! We pass peacefully
                  by the River Don, roll place names round our tongues and study maps of the
                  Angus coast. All set for Pushing Out the Boat where we surely get the widest view
                  of great new writing and the visual arts from the North East and beyond. Anchors

                  Brian Johnstone

                  Brian Johnstone is Festival Consultant, StAnza: Scotland’s International Poetry Festival (Co-founder
                  1998; Festival Director 2001-2010).

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