As writer & publisher
'Good Listeners' is a short collection of fiction - the first half of the book written by the novelist Alan Warner, the second by Brian. Alan also provides an introduction, and there is an Afterword/Postscript on behalf of The Common Breath. More info is given on the Shop page.
In early 2020, Brian's fragment story "Your Retired Physics Teacher" was included in the 'Fool-saint' fiction and poetry pamphlet from Tangerine Press, alongside work from Jenni Fagan and Simon Kövesi.
Brian fulfilled an ambition in 2014 by being published in the print edition of the Edinburgh Review. His story 'Mr Summers' was also added to the ER website, where it is still available. ER 139 was entitled 'Now Would Be The Right Time', and the fiction section also included Dilys Rose & Regi Claire.
As co-editor & essayist
In 2018 Brian led the production of issue #3 of thi wurd fiction magazine, where he was fortunate enough to work closely with Janice Galloway on the inclusion of her great story, 'peak'. The magazine also featured James Kelman, a story by Chekhov, and Brian's essay on Nikolai Gogol, entitled "A Worm's-Eye View".
This year, Brian's short story 'Morning Bell' was included in issue #2 of Low Light magazine, an exceptional publication produced by Jim Gibson and the Hi-Vis Press in England (www.hi-vispress.com). This edition also contained an interview with James Kelman, alongside a range of prose, poetry, photography, and journalism.
An earlier version of the title story from The Common Breath's debut publication, Good Listeners, was published in New Writing Scotland 35: She Said He Said I Said in 2017. The brilliant cover design was by Mark Mechan of Red Axe, who also designed the Good Listeners book jacket this year.
Among the publications that Brian co-edited during his time with thi wurd books (see www.thi-wurd.com) was the fiction anthology 'Tales From a Cancelled Country', which was published in 2015 and included new work by 17 writers, including Alan Warner.