A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox (vulpes libris): small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard.
In the first ever official Vulpes Libris generated podcast (ok ok, we had Edward Petherbridge’s recording this month – but not sure if it counts as “Vulpes Libris generated”) Eve and Rosy get hip and happening as they chat to, perhaps, the youngest Managing Director they’ve ever met – Mark Buckland – about his company, Cargo Publishing.
Cargo’s latest release is a collection of contemporary Scottish writing, The Year of Open Doors, including pieces by writers such as Aidan Moffatt, Alan Bissett, Doug Johnstone, Sophie Cooke, Kirsten Innes, Duncan McLean and Suhayl Saadi along with many others.
Determined to “put a firework up the arse of Scottish Literature” ( The Skinny), Mark talks about live literature, open submissions, and Cargo’s brainwave to release The Year of Open Doors simultaneously as both a book and to team up with Chemikal Underground to release the stories as a series of individually downloadable “singles” – for 69p each.
And, as a special treat, Mark sent us this extract of a story by Aidan Moffat (of band, Arab Strap, fame) – The Donaldson Boy – to give a taster of the collection.
Thanks so much to Mark for speaking to us.
To find out more about The Year of Open Doors click here.
Photograph copyright: Rachel Gallagher