Featuring up-and-coming women writers.
A Scottish anthology of new writing celebrating the senses in relations to our writers' experiences of Scotland.
LUCENT is our anthology of new Scottish writing, published by 8d Press. It will feature the poems, prose-poetry and fiction of 22 new writers, exploring the way Scotland makes them feel.
Buy LUCENT today.
Our beautiful limited edition (only 500 copies) hardback anthology LUCENT featuring the writings of 22 new Scottish writers is out on 15th June 2021 and is now available to buy online.
You can order your numbered and dated edition right here.
LUCENT is NOT being sold as an ebook; holding it, reading it, enjoying it will be a sensory experience that no digital platform can replicate.
Order yours now and choose your numbered copy - we will do our best to accommodate you but cannot guarantee this.
a bit about LUCENT.
LUCENT is an ode to the light present everywhere we care to look. It's a beautiful book of poetry, prose-poetry and memoir writings by sensational women writers, working today in Scotland and around the world. LUCENT is an antidote to the fear and darkness of our Covid-19 times; a shout-out to what's important - the senses, nature and living simply and with gratitude for the simplest things in life. From walking your dog, to striding up a hill and deep breathing in the pure air of nature, from hugging a friend, to reading some poetry and mulling over how wonderful it is to be a human in the now, LUCENT is a song, a poem, a shout-out, a lyrical ode, a celebration, a gift, a physical moment in time and it's a physical book of great power. LUCENT stands for the light that shines in all of us, if we choose to see it.
here are a few of our writers.
Sadie Maskery lives in Scotland by the sea with her family.
Her writing can be found in 2021 in various places including: British Fantasy Society Horizons, Star*Line, Red Planet Magazine, Poets Republic, Edinburgh Literary Salon in association with Edinburgh Napier University, Green Ink, Night Sky Press, Seaborne Magazine, Badlung Press, Cross Crow Keys, The Minison Project, Dreich, 8dPress, Fevers of the Mind, Not Very Quiet, Nightingale and Sparrow, Runcible Spoon, Aequitas Victoria and Glasgow University amongst others.
Margareth Stewart is the pen name of Monica Mastrantonio. She holds a PhD in Social Psychology and is a visiting professor at the University of York.
She has also compiled six anthologies, in 2021 “Letters from here to hereafter.” Her books: Open/Pierre’s journey after WW2 and Mademoiselle-sur-Seine have been published in English, and translated.
Now, she is working at Zero Chance – a feminist hybrid thriller. She is a mom of three and she loves all things-literature.
Leela Soma was born in Madras, India and now lives in Glasgow, Scotland.
Her poems and short stories have been published in several anthologies, publications. She has published three novels, short stories and two collections of poetry. Her poems have been published in Gutter, The Blue Nib, Anthropocene, Black Bough Poems, The Glasgow Review of Books and many others.
She was also was nominated for the Pushcart Prize 2020. She has been appointed Scrivener 2021 for the Federation of Writers, Scotland.
Some of her work reflects her dual heritage of India and Scotland.
Author of Twice Born, Bombay Baby and Murder at the Mela. - Available on Amazon and Kindle.
MELANIE L. WELLS-ALVARADO
Melanie is a writer, artist, photographer, sailor and mum who lives in Costa Rica and who has a strong link to Scotland. She writes children’s stories, adventures, adult fiction and inspirational tales, always infusing them with a poetic twist. She has produced a photo documentary about the indigenous people who live in the jungles of Costa Rica. In 2017 and 2018, she received two consecutive grants from the US Embassy in Costa Rica to set up photo exhibits in the capital, and to create a travelling exhibition. In early 2021, her photo exhibition, A Window into the Soul opened to the public at the Jade Museum in San José, Costa Rica.
She writes and posts regularly on her blog: JUST BEFORE SUNRISE.
And on Instagram.
Her photography is available to view by clicking here.
Author of Power On, Mary lives in Edinburgh and practises as a Registered Osteopath treating people and animals. She was formerly a marketing consultant and began her career with Cadbury’s confectionery. She was born and raised at a farm on the edge of the Shropshire hills.
Power On is her first novel. She is booked to speak about her great aunt, the main character, at the British Society for the History of Mathematics conference in July 2021.
Stranger In My Heart was Mary’s first book, a non-fiction title published by Unbound in 2018. It received coverage in the UK national press, various magazines and in the South China Morning Post. In February 2019 it was number 2 bestseller on Amazon UK in the “Second World War Biographies” category (ebook edition).
Mary is an experienced speaker and presenter and had a 20 minute interview on China Radio International. She spoke about her book at the Bristol Literature Festival and Shrewsbury Literature Festival in 2018 and has spoken to numerous groups such as Women’s Institutes and the University of Bath. In 2020 she was due to speak at RFHG’s 7th International FEPOW History Conference in Liverpool, but it was cancelled due to Covid.
Check her work out at https://dorapower.co.uk
Since completing a creative writing course, Jane has been developing her art with the help of a local writing group.
Having one of her stories chosen to appear in the Writer’s Bureau 30th anniversary anthology gave her enough confidence to try a larger market for her work and in October 2020 Jane's short story ‘Tinned Secrets’ was featured in a popular UK fiction magazine.
Jane submitted her idea to the Creative Scotland Our Voices development programme. Her novel tells the touching story of the close friendship between a nurse and a young woman with Down's Syndrome and was inspired by her own career working with and supporting people with learning disabilities. Last month Jane learned her idea had been one of the ones chosen for the programme and having submitted the first few chapters is excited to see what lies ahead.
Farah is a born and bred Glaswegian. She fell in love with writing at a young age and never recovered.
Today she is pursuing her dream of being published, in between the multitudinous demands of her career as a Process Engineer and being a mum.
When she has a free moment, she indulges in her love of interior design and turns her hand to DIY projects.
She lives in Berkshire with her husband and two wee boys but returns to Glasgow regularly to see her family.
Wendy is an artist living and working in the Scottish Highlands. She believes that we exist through bodily experience and is absorbed by how her body places itself in the natural world.
Currently in her final year at Moray UHI, completing a BA(Hons) Fine Art Degree. Her Degree Show is planned for June 2021.
Member of the Society of Scottish Artists. Micro-Residency in HM Inverness Prison completed 2019.
Her practice follows an expression of sensory awareness. An ardent wild swimmer and optimist for the future, She considers carefully the sounds and spaces around her.
Using spoken words, unspoken words, image-making and listening, Wendy tries to find an understanding and creatively express both her physical connection and disconnection with her surroundings.
Mina Millar writes Romantic Suspense novellas and is currently completing the Dirty Secrets Series of novels with the final novella called The Wrong Man.
Mina lives in an attic apartment in Bloomsbury, central London, was married once and now indulges herself with her favourite things, reading, eating chocolates and occasionally treating herself to her favourite Gin - Bombay Sapphire. She dreams a lot and writes whenever she can.
She has a writer's retreat in Scotland, visits Scotland regularly and loves nothing more than to hide away in the wilderness close to the Cairngorms. She has written all her life and when she hits 50, she wants to spend a month a year writing out of the Winter Palace Hotel in Luxor, Egypt, in the manner of Agatha Christie.
She's a big fan of the LNER route from Kings Cross to Edinburgh and always relaxes, breathing in, when she gets to York.