Cultural Commissions: Out There - out now!

The first of LGBT History Month’s Cultural Commissions projects is now available to buy for £8.99.

Out There is a new and definitive anthology of prose writing and poetry from Scotland’s leading and emerging LGBT writers, edited by Zoe Strachan, and part of LGBT History Month's Cultural Commissions project.

The list of contributors reads like a who’s who of established and emerging talent, highlighting the massive contribution LGBT and queer people have made to the Scottish literary scene.

Published by Freight Books, contributors including Ali Smith, Louise Welsh, Kerry Hudson, Jackie Kay, Ronald Frame, Toni Davidson, Val McDermid, Damian Barr and UK poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

Out There is the first anthology of its kind in over twelve years, and acts as a barometer of just how far Scottish LGBT writing has come in that time.

'The response has been hugely positive and already the collection has gained interest across the literary scene,' said Zoe. 'I've been interested in themes that I haven't seen represented much in fiction before; there's more about bisexuality, and much more about older LGBT people.'

Featuring poetry and prose, fiction and non-fiction, and a wide range of genres and styles, Out There is diverse, sometimes hilarious, sometimes polemical, often surprising and deeply moving, but always suffused with energy, wit and empathy.

Pick up your copy from your local bookshop or order it from Freight Books' website, here.

The Cultural Commissions – large scale pieces of art with an LGBT theme – are part of LGBT History Month’s wider cultural programme, and were made possible with funding from Creative Scotland, the National Lottery and the Scottish Government’s Homecoming Fund.

LGBT History Month Scotland is a project delivered by LGBT Youth Scotland.