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Speaking of Gerry Loose, as I was last week, the Dockyard Press Harbourmaster’s Loug has a poem by him.

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The Unfinished Hut by Gerry Loose

Terminal Boredom by Izumi Suzuki

IWW Songs: to Fan the Flames of Discontent (facsimile of orginal edition)

How to Survive Everything by Ewan Morrison

Breaking Things at Work by Gavin Mueller

Bresson on Bresson (reread) by Robert Bresson

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My friend Gerry Loose describes himself as “a slow-moving nomad.” He is a trained ecologist, and a Zen Buddhist who has also practiced Tibetan Buddhism, and, for three decades now, one of Scotland’s most admired poets. His latest book, The Unfinished Hut, is his first book of prose rather than poetry — but the prose is also poetry. Somewhere between Matsuo Basho’s Oku no hosomichi and Kamo no Chomei’s Hojoki, it is a journal of hermitage, friendship, death, deep ecology and contemplative practice. Covering 20 years, it is 65 pages long, with plenty of white space, but it is not a small book, and may be his best so far.

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Today’s Irish News has an interview with Gerard Brennan, author of Shot.

In the end, it took a fellow Celt and crime writer to fully get behind DS McNulty, as Brennan explains.

“Barry Graham is a very interesting character,” he tells me of the Dockyard Press founder, who set up the imprint to be run by all of its published writers, helping them to retain creative control over their work.

“He's a Buddhist monk but he's also a noir writer from Glasgow. I met him in 2018 when he was telling me about this idea he had for setting up a new publisher who was going to do things their own way by thumbing their nose at Amazon.

“Basically, [Dockyard] won't make their books available in Kindle form until Amazon start treating their workers better. I thought that was kind of fun…”

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Until now, my publisher, Dockyard Press, did not accept unsolicited manuscript submissions. That is no longer the case. To send in your masterpiece, go here.

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Larry Fondation and I have been inseparable friends for about 25 years now. And, even though he's in Los Angeles, USA, and I'm in Glasgow, Scotland, we were recently spotted together in Paris, France, in L'Ecume des pages bookshop. Fitting, as we met in a bookshop.

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Municipal Dreams by John Boughton

The White Book by Han Kang

Snowden's Box by Jessica Bruder and Dale Maharidge

No Longer Human by Dazai Osamu (again)

The Merry Muses of Caledonia by Robert Burns

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Glasgow is buried under snow today. It's exactly four years since I arrived back here, leaving the US after more than 20 years.

Last night, from my 10th-floor window, I watched the snow fall, watched some people build a snowman on the football pitch by my block of flats.

snow falling on night of plague building snowman on housing scheme football pitch

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I'm fortunate in that I work at home, so, as the plague worsens and lockdown continues, I don't have to go out, aside from necessary trips to get groceries. While the rules allow us to go outside for exercise, I've stopped doing that, as too many people are acting as though they're desperate to catch, or spread, the plague — not wearing masks, not social distancing, hanging out in groups. Two workers at my local supermarket have died. The walkway by the River Kelvin has been nicknamed The Disease Corridor.

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