”Tarnished by my postcode,
stuttered by my accent,
captured by my birthplace
and guided by my betters…
but bookshelves know no borders,
libraries never discriminate…”

(Patrick Jones)

St Andrews was one of the first universities in the world to teach English literature. Several of the great medieval Scottish poets, including William Dunbar and Gavin Douglas, studied literary texts in Latin at St Andrews.

St Andrews students were among those who took the new subject to America, India and elsewhere – long before its emergence as part of the curriculum of English universities.

This site aims to emphasise the power of the written word and how prose can be used to express profound feelings, smash the apathy of the post-post modern digital generation, help people who are going through dark times and break the societal barriers of gender, racial and cultural inequality. Party politics doesn’t come into this,so please don’t submit anything which may promote any kind of prejudice or extremist believes. We will not accept anything which we consider to be racist, homophobic, sexist or threatening in any way, so don’t even bother trying.

We are looking to showcase  up-and-coming prose writers and established artists, and discover hitherto unknown geniuses. It doesn’t have to be uniquely Scottish prose, but what we want are submissions which are forward-thinking, imaginative, thought-provoking, and humane. As such, The Red Letters is the only Prose Journal of its kind and we will soon be open to submissions from the UK and elsewhere and, priding ourselves in our cultural diversity, we particularly wish to emphasise the importance in using literature to break cultural, sexual, racial and class boundaries. Of course, prose extends beyond all societal boundaries and we are especially keen on writing which sings to us, in a unique voice, regardless of genre.

We already have enough entries for edition one, though we may expand our interviews page since they people our editor has interviewed have provided some highly inspiring comments, with great humour and a palpable appreciation of literature.

Our editor, Robert Chalmers, would like to express his thanks for those who have submitted their uniqely humane, thought-provoking and understanding prose – Layla AAlammar, Karen ‘Kara Bella’ Bell, Ricki Brown, Nicki Connelly, Mikey Cuddihy, Eileen Merriman, Paula Morris,Joe Ridgewell amongst others. Thanks too to Amy Samson and Cristina Neuwirth for their support.

The editor would like to express his thanks to Dr Ruth Thomas and Dr Lesley Glaister for being such great supervisors. Furthermore, he has asked us to thank the following people for showing human compassion:

Dr Rachel Morrison


George Williamson and Serenity Cafe – Jackon’s Close, Edinburgh

Jake Herriot

Johnny McIntyre and Family

Kelly Glover (nee Phillips)

David Dodds

Absent friends

All of the nurses and doctors who dealt with Robert at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary