New Writing Scotland is an important fixture on the Scottish literary scene. The first twenty issues drew works from 883 contributors and contain nearly a thousand pieces of writing. Most of the major names are there, from Norman MacCaig, Edwin Morgan, Naomi Mitchison, Iain Crichton Smith among the elders, to Iain Banks, Ian Rankin, A.L. Kennedy, Janice Galloway and Irvine Welsh of the more recent generation. It's a pretty good roll call and a matter of satisfaction that authors like Galloway, Kennedy and Welsh some of their had early works published in New Writing Scotland. Bringing Back Some Brightness is a celebration of twenty turbulent years of Scottish life and culture.