Algebra: Issue 4 Tramway’s Digital Literary Publication www.tramwayalgebra.com
Algebra is Tramway's digital literary journal. Edited by Beatrice Colin, the fourth issue features eight writers you probably haven't heard of yet, Algebra 4 is a collaboration with the Scottish Book Trust and showcases some of the brightest emerging literary talent in Scotland in 2012.
The writers include: novelist Carol Farrelly, who won the Sceptre prize; the Scottish/Greek writer, Katerina Vasiliou; Tat Usher who is currently writing a novel in a hut in Argyll; Leith-based author George Anderson; and children's author, Roy Gill whose first novel will be published in March. Poets invited to take part were the writer/ musician, Thomas Laycock; Ross McGregor whose work has appeared in Gutter; and Tracey S Rosenberg whose first novel, The Girl in the Bunker was published in 2011.
In preparation for the commission, the writers came from all over Scotland for a workshop at Tramway with choreographer, Rosalind Mason and visual artist Nicholas Party, and spent the day tying themselves in knots and coming up with poems in plasticine. In this extra-special issue of Algebra, the writers have taken the idea of 'the new' and written stories and poems that explore themes such as love, lost and found, death and rebirth, and take place in setting as diverse as a Scottish Island and a desert canyon. Funny, sad, beautiful and strange, we hope you'll love this issue as much as we do.
Starting in January 2011 Beatrice Colin, in collaboration with Tramway and digital partners Storm ID, developed an innovative new project. Based on the model that A+B = X, Algebra, a literary journal, features a range of local and international writers invited to contribute original work that responds, questions and expands on a specific theme explored in Tramway’s current programme. It is published quarterly online and available free at www.tramwayalgebra.com