I was at the Edinburgh launch of this new anthology on Thursday night. It’s edited by Gordon Jarvie, and published by Luath Press. I’m delighted to have a poem in it (The Legacy, from Thirteen Ways of Looking At the Highlands). The readers on Thursday were Gordon (and his family), Stewart Conn, Jenni Daiches, Duncan Glen, David Purdie, Ian McFadyen and myself. We also got the chance to read a work each by other poets in the collection. My own choice was pretty obvious: Norman MacCaig’s My Last Word on Frogs. Obvious to me, anyway, but maybe not to you, Gentle Reader. Norman was a teacher at my Edinburgh primary school in the 1940s, so I’ve known his voice since childhood. I’ve been going to Assynt since the 1940s too, as Norman did, and I love the landscape, and Suilven in particular, very deeply. Anyway, it was a very nice evening, and I hope everyone will now rush out and buy the book. It’s excellent.
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