From drag queens and discos, to black holes and monsters, these stories and poems wrestle with love and loneliness and the fight to be seen. By turns serious and fantastical, hilarious and confrontational, We Were Always Here addresses the fears, mysteries, wonders and variety of experience that binds our community together. We Were Always Here is a snapshot of current Scottish LGBTI+ writing and a showcase of queer talent.
On the project, co-editor Michael said, ‘When we opened the submissions, I thought we’d be selecting the best pieces for inclusion. But, as we kept reading, so many of them were so good that it felt like we were curating an anthology, creating a journey for the reader, and selecting pieces from a really strong cohort. Once we’d drawn up a very long longlist, it was difficult to choose what was going to go in the book itself. I’m so excited by the voices that we’re including in this anthology.
‘The fact that we’re publishing work from Jo Clifford, who has written over 80 plays and whose work has been performed all over the world, alongside writers like Callum Harper who’s work is being published for the first time feels really exciting, to me, and absolutely in the spirit of the project.’
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Contributors: Alice Tarbuck, Andrés Ordorica, April Hill, AR Crow, Bibi June, BD Owens, Callum Harper, Christina Neuwirth, Ciara Maguire, Elaine Gallagher, Elva Hills, Eris Young, Etzali Hernández, Felicity Anderson-Nathan, Freddie Alexander, Garry Mac, Gray Crosbie, Harry Josephine Giles, Heather Parry, Heather Valentine, Jack Bigglestone, Jane Flett, Jay G Ying, Jay Whittaker, Jonathan Bay, Jo Clifford, Kirsty Logan, Laura Waddell, Lori England, MJ Brocklebank, Rachel Plummer, Ross Jamieson, Sandra Alland, Shane Strachan, Zoe Storrie.