Thank you very much to Kelly @ Love Books Group and Stephen Watt for providing a copy of the book to [K]
The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.
In 2017 Andrew Smith, then Director, now Chair of the Scottish Writers’ Centre, came up with a dynamic idea to run a Twitter campaign inviting poets to pitch an idea and the winner would have a poetry pamphlet published by the SWC’s publisher partner, Red Squirrel Press. Poet, critic, essayist, editor, designer and typesetter Gerry Cambridge, poet Sheila Templeton, writer, musician and Editor of both Postbox Press (the literary fiction imprint of Red Squirrel Press) and Postbox International Short Story Magazine, Colin Will, and myself took part in a panel at the SWC, ‘How to get published’ in October 2017. Andrew received many entries, a shortlist was drawn up, Stephen Watt subsequently won and persuaded me to publish a full-length collection.
— Sheila Wakefield, Founding Editor, Red Squirrel Press
Glasgow is correctly lauded for its wonderful characters and hospitality but at the turn of the Millennium it was dubbed the ‘Murder Capital of Europe’ with sectarian divisions and organised crime rife in the city. Four of its natives have been raised around the city’s Bridgeton area, cultivated by its ill-omened beliefs, and now have to separately find a way to subsist. But one crime family firmly believes in the tradition of torture and a novel way of disposing of its detractors. Who will emerge smelling of roses—or end up pushing the roses up from the earth below?
‘This is crime fiction in the raw. So noir that even the white bits are black. Stephen Watt’s verse brilliantly reclaims crime writing for the streets in a visceral, eye-watering yet poignant social commentary that knows its mark and hits like a kick in the stanes or a smack in the gub. Never mess with poets.’
— Craig Robertson, Crime author
Not being much of a poetry reader when the opportunity appeared to read a crime novel in verse I jumped at the chance to read something different and I was not disappointed.
This is a dark and gritty story that is set in the underbelly of Glasgow. I found this to be a very well written story especially as it was written in verse. I hope this will be turned into an audiobook as I do enjoy verses being read.
If you want something different from your crime thrillers, please pick up this book.
Stephen Watt was born in the Vale of Leven in 1979. His awards include first prize in the Poetry Rivals Slam, the StAnza International Digital Poetry Slam, and the Tartan Treasures award. Notable collections which he has curated include the Joe Strummer Foundation collection Ashes To Activists (2018) and the James Watt bicentenary booklet Horsepower (2019). He is Dumbarton Football Club’s Poet-in-Residence and was appointed the Makar for the Federation of Writers (Scotland) in 2019. He lives in Dumbarton with his wife Keriann and pug Beanz.
You can buy Fairy Rock from the publisher Red Squirrel Press