Archive for the Poetry Category

Will I Ever Get to Minsk? by Jim C Wilson: review

Will I Ever Get to Minsk? by Jim C Wilson: review

Jim C Wilson’s new collection of poetry, Will I Ever Get to Minsk?(Happenstance, RPP £4.00) tackles issues of art, age and memory. Edinburgh-born Wilson, now resident in East Lothian, was Stirling Council’s writer in residence between 1989 and 1991.  Appointed as the Royal Literary Fund’s Writing Fellow at […]

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Young Writers win awards at Linlithgow Book Festival

Young Writers win awards at Linlithgow Book Festival

Last week, at the Linlithgow Book Festival, the prizes for the 2012-2013 Young Writers Competition were presented by Scots Makar, Liz Lochead. 

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The ploughman poet

Sunday sees the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns.  Alex Wood argues that Burns deserves to be taught wherever the English language and fine poetry are revered. Surely Burns should also however be on the syllabus, this year especially, in schools across Britain?  If the […]

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Cherry tree poem gave pupils’ insight a chance to blossom

Cherry tree poem gave pupils’ insight a chance to blossom

In the playground of my last school stands a cherry tree.  It stood there before the school was built but being close to the building line it was cut and pruned over the years.  In winter therefore, leafless, its branches pointing in one direction, away from the […]

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Scotland’s folk hero: Hamish Henderson

Scotland’s folk hero: Hamish Henderson

‘Poetry Becomes People’, the second volume of Timothy Neat’s biography of Hamish Henderson (Polygon Books, £25), completes the life of one of modern Scotland’s architects. The first volume, ‘The Making of the Poet’, (reviewed in Scottish Review, 6 January 2009) ends with Henderson starting his career as […]

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Hamish Henderson: the man who escaped Scottish Calvinism Review

Hamish Henderson: the man who escaped Scottish Calvinism  Review

Volume I of Timothy Neat’s Hamish Henderson, a Biography (Polygon Books, 375 pp, £25.00), explores the early life of Hamish Henderson, the poet, folk-lorist, soldier, communist and nationalist, one of contemporary Scotland’s most dazzling intellectual stars.  Henderson was born in 1919, the illegitimate son of a respectable […]

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Review: The Wound and the Gift, by Ron Ferguson

Review: The Wound and the Gift, by Ron Ferguson

With The Wound and the Gift (St Andrew Press, £19.99), Ron Ferguson, journalist, minister, writer, has produced a stunning, insightful and unorthodox biography of the Orcadian poet, George Mackay Brown.  Ferguson knew Mackay Brown.  When he was minister of St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall he became close […]

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The Wound and the Gift

The Episcopal Church of St John the Evangelist at Edinburgh’s West End is a mass of visual contradictions. The radical murals….   This article first appeared in Lothian Life on 17 August 2011.  To view it in its entirety go to: http://www.lothianlife.co.uk/2011/08/the-wound-and-the-gift/

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IAN COMRIE, SEEDS IN THE WIND book review

IAN COMRIE, SEEDS IN THE WIND  book review

Ian Comrie is a West Lothian character.  He recently celebrated his 70thbirthday.  With his family he has managed Houston Farm Riding School, at Dechmont, since 1962.  Ian Comrie is also a poet……..     The above article was first published in Lothian Life in January 2010.  You […]

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