I’m really pleased to be involved with McVoices. My belief is that Scottish writing is a very broad kirk and that in the digital age there is room for everyone and for every voice to be heard. We all have different tastes and different ideas of what we like (and what is ‘good’) and McVoices isn’t proscriptive, it’s just offering a shop window for voices to be heard. You, the reader, do the choosing. I’m sure that if you work your way around the site you’ll find a niche that suits your own personal taste. I hope that some of my writing might attract you – but equally I am just really pleased that this opportunity is being given to a wide and eclectic range of writers. Some writers I already know and I’m looking forward to getting to know more of others through reading their writing in the coming months. Because yes, writers are readers too! For me, writing and reading are a communicative process and I’m so happy that McVoices has come into existence to further this communication.
Brendan and I kicked around the idea of some sort of ‘free range’ collective for Scottish (and Scots connected) writers earlier in the year but he’s been the real driving force behind this ‘incarnation’ of our shared belief that we should focus less on trying to mimic or infiltrate or replicate mainstream ‘market’ driven publishing endeavours and focus more on just allowing writers and readers to make contact with miminal mediation. Free Choice. Freedom of Choice. Writers and readers doing it for themselves. Cutting through all the rubbish, nonsense, myths, trolls, sock puppets and general detritus that threatens to offrail so many writers and baffles so many readers in the modern information superhighway version of the world. So a big cheer for Brendan for putting in the hours when it really all mattered!
For my own part, I’ve listed some of my work here on this site but there’s plenty more – and plenty of other places you can find out more about me, my beliefs, my passions and my writing past, present and future. And I’ll be back here on a regular basis keeping you updated.
For today – let’s raise a glass to McVoices – and let’s make our wee Voices shout in one big Hampden Roar – WE ARE WRITERS AND WE ARE HERE TO STAY. Our work won’t charm everyone, our existence won’t please everyone, but we are just asserting our right to use the digital publishing revolution to let potential readers know who we are and why we write.
Cally Phillips can also be found at www.callyphillips.co.uk and www.hoampresst.co.uk.