14:15 - Fiona Paterson, Alan Riach & James Robertson: Hugh MacDiarmid Centenary
FIONA PATERSON, ALAN RIACH & JAMES ROBERTSON: HUGH MACDIARMID CENTENARY
The drunk man lies on a moonlit hillside looking at a thistle, jaggy and beautiful, which epitomises Scotland's divided self. The man reflects on the fate of the nation, the human condition in general and his own personal fears. This book contains commentary and notes, and takes the reader through the author's complex and opaque use of language.
Drawing on the literary and vernacular traditions of Scottish culture, Hugh MacDiarmid's creates modern literature that is both nationalistic and international in its range. This selection of his poetry explores the diversity of his writing, from delicate lyrics to fierce polemic.
.This is a new collection of Alan Riach's poetry, the first since 2009. It is highly relevant to these politically charged times, covering themes of hope and grief and exploring borders both personal and physical.
Alan Riach's SCOTNOTE study guide outlines MacDiarmid's life and work, providing an overview of the poet's beliefs, opinions and influences, for senior school pupils and students at all levels.