Alight Here: An Anthology of Falkirk Writing

Published by Cargo Publishing on 1 June 2015, priced £8.99.

This book celebrates the work of local professional and amateur writers from the Falkirk area.

When we think of Scottish literature we think first of the urban grit which came from Edinburgh and Glasgow or the rural poetry of the Highlands and Islands. No-one thinks of Falkirk. Who ever came out of Falkirk?

The place may be on the map due to engineering innovations such as the Falkirk Wheel and the iconic Kelpies sculpture but the town’s contribution to our nation’s literature has so far been underlooked.

Edited and introduced by author and playwright, Alan Bissett – originally from Hallglen in Falkirk – this collection features established writers from the area such as Aidan Moffat, the lyrical genius behind the band Arab Strap; Gordon Legge, who was key to the ‘Rebel Inc’ movement of the 1990s; Janet Paisley, one of Scotland’s leading Scots language voices; and Brian McCabe, arguably one of Scotland’s most accomplished short-story writers. Alongside them are a host of new and young talents, as well as unseen poetry unearthed from Falkirk Archives. Together, these voices create a compelling picture of Falkirk.

Falkirk Community Trust would like to thank everyone who submitted work for selection and congratulate those who have had their work included:

Bethany Ruth Anderson, Samuel Best, Peter Callaghan, Paul Cowan, Karyn Dougan, Lorna Fraser, Matt Hamilton, Helen MacKinven, Brian McNeill, Gary Oberg, Constance Saim-Hunter, Lindsay Scott, Dickson Telfer, Paul Tonner, David Victor, Claire Wilson.

Janet Paisley, New Writers

ALIGHT HERE JANET PAISLEY (NEW WRITERS) from thirteensquared on Vimeo.

Samuel Best, Bruce's Taxis

ALIGHT HERE SAMUEL BEST (BRUCE'S TAXIS) from thirteensquared on Vimeo.

Paul Tonner, Alan Davie

ALIGHT HERE, PAUL TONNER, ALAN DAVIE from thirteensquared on Vimeo.


Alight Here is a Creative Place Project commissioned by Falkirk Community Trust, edited by Alan Bissett and published by Cargo Publishing.


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