In June 2010, after writing a short story in Scots dialect, Gavin Broom lamented that there were very few Scottish themed literary e-zines out there. Unusually proactive that day, he decided to do something about it. And thus was born The Waterhouse Review, named after the architect who designed Alloa’s Town Hall, a stone’s throw from Gavin’s house at that time. Submissions are welcome and have been accepted from all over the world, but a special place in its heart is reserved for Scottish fiction and Scottish writers. For the first four issues, Gavin referred to himself as we but in August 2011, with a slush pile threatening to break his virtual kitchen table, poet, short story author and all-round excellent writer Helen R. Peterson was brought on board to sort things out. Shortly after this appointment, Waterhouse Review opened its doors to poetry. This isn’t a coincidence.
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Gavin Broom — Founder, Fiction Editor. Born in Falkirk and after spells living in Stenhousemuir, Carronshore, Bainsford, Carronshore, New Carron Village, Alloa, Carronshore and Stirling, Gavin now lives in Michigan which isn’t really in Scotland at all. In all honesty, it’s not even close. Gavin mostly writes short fiction but is becoming more enamored with poetry the older he gets. With over fifty credits and some competition wins to his name, Gavin’s writing has appeared in Bound Off, SFX, Night Train. Menda City Review and is upcoming in Greatest Uncommon Denominator. He has read his work at Dire Literary Series in Boston, MA and Last Monday at Rio in Glasgow. He’s also picked up a few nominations for Pushcart and Million Writers, which is nice. His collection of short stories and poetry — A Documentary About Sharks — is available through Amazon and his car boot.
Helen R. Peterson, Poetry Editor. Helen R. Peterson is a mother of three, who used to live in a small town in Connecticut named for a small town in the UK but now lives in a small town in Michigan named for nothing. She has been published in over 100 online and print journals, both nationally and internationally. Most recently she’s had work accepted at Word Riot, Juked, Existere, Flashquake, and Strong Verse. She was also featured in The Lunch Break Book published by Poet Plant Press, was the editor of the small print journal Chopper, and read at the Bowery Poetry Club in November 2010. Her first full-length book of poetry — Melons and Memory — is available through Amazon.