Enjoy the memory!
After far too long an absence, Motherwell-born writer and poet Gordon Gibson returns to McStorytellers today with a beautifully evoked memoir of his childhood. For Gordon, 1953 conjures up more than the Queen’s new golden coach and her Horse Guards parading; there is still the lingering presence of That McAdam.
Enjoy the memory!
Whether it’s in an elegant West End townhouse or up a close in the fag-end of the city, tenement-living can be fraught with hazards, especially if you say little and keep to yourself. Such is the case in The departure of a small man, a salutary tale by Motherwell-born writer Gordon Gibson, who makes a welcome return to McStorytellers after too long an absence.
After a wee pause while we relocated our headquarters from cold and damp Callander to warm and sunny Crieff, McStorytellers is back in business. And we’re delighted to return with our trademark eclectic mix of stories from Scottish-connected writers.
There’s some manly advice à la Irvine Welsh in Sound Counsel by The Lads from the pen of Edinburgh-based Geordie Lee Carrick. (Like much of Lee’s work, this is not a tale for the easily offended.)
There’s an atmospheric piece of crime flash in Tomorrow Has Been Cancelled by the Flashmaster himself, Perth-born Bill Robertson. (There’s lots more to come from Bill in the coming weeks, by the way.)
And there’s a beautifully evoked portrait of a South American peasant girl in Imagining Maria by Motherwell-born Gordon Gibson.
Enjoy. And watch out for the first of our Being Scots McCompetition entries coming next.
Youngsters predominate in our two new stories today.
Ex-Ferry laddie and McStorytellers newcomer, Derek Freeman, begins by confessing his delinquent boyhood past in Crimes of South Queensferry 1955/56.
Then Motherwell-born Gordon Gibson also makes his McStorytellers debut with a salutary tale for children called The Tin Man’s Hat.
Brendan Gisby is McStoryteller-in-Residence. He's the author of four novels, three biographies and several short story collections.