ONE blogs — Polmont Young Offenders: ViEWS FROM THE PEN

 And So We Begin

By Bash Wallace

 Today was a gainful day. I left my cell and walked the enclosed pathway to my creative writing class. This pathway, referred to as the route, is six feet wide however us, the prisoners, are restricted to two feet of this, making out walk more like a march. In single file and all sporting short back and sides we resemble soldiers and I suppose in a way, we are. Street Soldiers. read more —>

ONE blogs – MARTIN BELK – SCOTLAND BE WARNED: RUDOLF GIULIANI IS NOT YOUR FRIEND

Someone in the West Coast of Scotland is reading the wrong web sites. As if a visit by the Pope might not be divisive enough, somebody, with the best of intentions, has invited none other than Ex-New York City Mayor Rudolf Giuliani to address the Scottish Council for Development and Industry’s International Awards dinner on 19 November 2010. I’d like to remind the powers-that-invite something my grandmother taught me years ago: Good intentions pave the road to hell. And, if anyone thinks Rudy’s ideas will do anything positive for Scotland and/or Glasgow, get ready for a lot of division, fire, and brimstone. I’m an expat New Yorker, I was forced to endure King G’s iron fist.

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ONE blogs – JAMES W WOOD – POETRY FROM THE NEW SCOTLAND

This post has been edited following abusive and damaging comments made by a reader. The author considered removing this post but was dissuaded by other writers and ONE Magazine editor Martin Belk, who collectively support his right to speak freely and without fear of intimidation.

These days, the talk from academic critics is of there being “no young poets from Scotland”, and that – even where younger artists are writing- these writers are not taking risks. In other words, the youngsters are no good but even where they’re good, they’re dull.

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