Glasgow’s indie record label Chemikal Underground is moving into short stories, according to the Millions.
The label that broke bands such as Arab Strap and Mogwai has released an album of short stories called The Year of Open Doors with an introduction by Irvine Welsh. The stories by Scottish writers are significant because according to Welsh “collections of this ilk, that allow emergent writers to be showcased in print, are increasingly rare”. Writers include Ryan van Winkle and Arab Strap’s Aidan Moffat reading his literary foray, “The Donaldson Boy” (audio file only).
By selling the collection for download its means that Scottish writers can find an international audience, either as individual stories (for 60p each) or as a whole album for UK£10.00. Using musicians like Moffat will also create a crossover appeal to non-traditional readers.
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