Issue 25 now online

We’re proud to present Issue 25 of From Glasgow to Saturn, a selection of exciting original work from Colin Boyd, JoAnne McKay, Laura Brown,  Gill Davies, David Greaves, Jo Lennie, Aya Musbahi and Kevin Scott, along with a fascinating Quick View from TS Eliot prizewinner Jen Hadfield. Thanks to all these contributors for entrusting From Glasgow to Saturn with their words. We hope you enjoy reading them as much as we did, and we’ll see you at the reading party on Thursday!

Siobhan Staples | Megan Primrose | Paul Deaton


Fun And Paper Frolics

MLitt Creative Writing student JoAnne McKay will be running a pamphlet making workshop on Wednesday 20th April in the Edwin Morgan Room, starting at 10am and finishing at 4.30pm.  It’s free, and will be very informal.

All you need to do is bring some basic stuff and some writing, and you can produce your own works of art. Literally.

There are plans afoot to hold a Reading Party at The Museum of Anatomy in May at which the day’s productions can be displayed.

For more details, or to signal your interest, e-mail JoAnne McKay at

Fun And Paper Frolics in the Edwin Morgan Room

Making poetry pamphlets / prose pamphlets / altered books and possibly even artist’s books.

Date: Wednesday 20th April 2011

Time: 10am to 4.30pm

Venue: Edwin Morgan Room, 4, University Gardens.

The workshop is free, very informal, and open to anyone on the Creative Writing Programme.

You will absolutely need:

1.      A pencil

2.      A 12-inch ruler

3.      A pair of scissors

4.      A nice pen for writing with (good felt-tip fineliner or fountain pen)

5.      Your writing (see below)

These things will be useful and save on the fisticuffs:

1.      Double sided sellotape. Bostik ‘Sticki tape – double sided tape on a roller’ is good for fine work, Scotch double sided tape (on a roller) good for more substantial stuff.

2.      PVA glue with the easiest, least messy dispenser. Children’s is fine.

3.      A tapestry needle

Your Writing:

Bring several copies of many pieces of writing. Different size fonts means you have more options with how to place them into books (this is a simple, physical cut and paste, so the better your paper the better your result).

For short pieces, hand writing is fine and easily achievable. You can also stencil letters, or cut letters from other printed sources.

If it’s a pamphlet you’re after (the more obvious choice for prose and possibly a collection of poems) you’ll need to print it out correctly. Pamphlets are usually an A4 sheet folded in two, to form 4 sides of A5. Add more sheets, pamphlet gets bigger. Needs some serious calculation and the right software to get the right pages in the right places. Numbering the pages as you go makes it easier to get it right.

You can also make ‘spines’ for A4 sheets, so don’t worry if you can’t do the above. Print out with a wider left-hand margin than usual.

Brainwaves on the day are fine. Or using poems of long dead poets.

Any questions, do please get in touch.

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Issue 21 Online Now

Dear Readers,

It is with great excitement that we present Issue 21 of From Glasgow to Saturn for your reading enjoyment. This contains a selection of prose and poetry from the various talents of Lewis Irvine, Jenny Kannellopoulou, Ian Hunter, Lucy Cheseldine, Nasim Marie Jafry, Cila Warncke, Jim Ferguson, Craig Steele, Katy Ewing, Mark Fraser, George Craig, Marise Morse, Iain Maloney, Angela Blacklock-Brown, Patrick Holloway, JoAnne McKay and Megan Primrose.

To download your free copy of the magazine, visit here.

This is our largest selection of work to date; the poetry takes us from Glasgow to Istanbul, and the prose moves between the politically-correct madness of the present to a dystopian not-too-distant future. We have pieces from familiar faces and brand spanking new contributors, far-flung alumni and first year undergraduates. We hope you find something to your taste.

Many thanks to those who submitted work for our consideration. We are continuously intrigued and impressed by Glasgow University’s students and alumni, and thrive on the quality being produced.

We are beginning work on Issue 22, due out next month, which will be out last issue as editors. We hope you can join us in helping to produce a suitably excellent final hurrah, and welcome the new editorial board who will carry From Glasgow to Saturn into the new academic year.

Feel free to say hello on facebook, twitter and of course via email. Please send us your most high quality stories and verses for next month’s publication; without submissions we are nothing, and this is your magazine – make of it what you will.

Alan, Nick and Sheila

Reading Party Pictures

Some pictures of our performers at the Reading Party at the Anatomy Museum last month. Audio to follow shortly!

With thanks to our performers Anneliese Mackintosh, Duncan Muir, Kirsty Logan, Raymond Soltysek and JoAnne McKay; and of course our charming hostess, Louise Welsh.

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