The (non)-native edition

When Richie McCaffrey first approached NLP with his poetry we were awestruck by its grey tones, guttural Highland syllables and the deep, inexorable song of the sea. In his short collection for NLP, ‘Taxidermy’, Richie conjures up a palimpsest that stretches across Scotland’s shores, where “a forgotten clan knapping their arms in the swash” stand side by spectral side with the “professional types,/ all suited and booted/ (who) often came in to hit/ the Stella and the deck.”  Here Richie uncovers a Scotland pitted at all its edges by sea, a seafaring nation of (non)-natives that is not trapped by the temporal. Regular contributor Nicola Moir, star of last month’s interview with Claudia Massie, examines the hilarious, and equally deeply disturbing, cultural phenomenon of the cane toad in Australia, in her article ‘Non-native: the Cane Toad, Kevin Ladynski & Mark Lewis’. She suggests a lesson for all of us by revealing, amongst the tongue-in-cheek presentation of Lewis’ film Cane Toads: The Conquest and the art of Kevin Ladynski, a dark fascist side to human nature. Finally, NLP is pleased to present another newcomer to our film-writing fold. Christopher Smail is a precocious Bermudan writer who is currently based in Stirling, Scotland. Christopher introduces Xavier Dolan’s recent film Les Amours Imaginaires in a style that fits well with this sumptious film – a Canadian film that references the French new-wavers and legendary Hong Kong director (and favourite of NLP) Wong Kar Wai – in his article ‘Stylish Love: Xavier Dolan’s Les Amours Imaginaires.’

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