At the Loch of the Green Corrie

Author: Andrew Greig

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1849163952

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

View: 8312


A homage to a remarkable poet and his world. 'At The Loch of Green Corrie is more than merely elegant, more than a collection of albeit fascinating insights, laugh-out-loud observations and impressively broad erudition' - Sunday Herald 'You could easily make a case that Andrew Greig has the greatest range of any living Scottish writer' - Scotsman For many years Andrew Greig saw the poet Norman MacCaig as a father figure. Months before his death, MacCaig's enigmatic final request to Greig was that he fish for him at the Loch of the Green Corrie; the location, even the real name of his destination was more mysterious still. His search took in days of outdoor living, meetings, and fishing with friends in the remote hill lochs of far North-West Scotland. It led, finally, to the waters of the Green Corrie, which would come to reflect Greig's own life, his thoughts on poetry, geology and land ownership in the Highlands and the ambiguous roles of whisky, love and male friendship. At the Loch of the Green Corrie is a richly atmospheric narrative, a celebration of losing and recovering oneself in a unique landscape, the consideration of a particular culture, and a homage to a remarkable poet and his world.

Nature and Space in Contemporary Scottish Writing and Art

Author: Camille Manfredi

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3030187608

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 217

View: 1306


This book examines how contemporary Scottish writers and artists revisit and reclaim nature in the political and aesthetic context of devolved Scotland. Camille Manfredi investigates the interaction of landscape aesthetics and strategies of spatial representation in Scotland’s twenty-first-century literature and arts, focusing on the apparatuses designed by nature writers, poets, performers, walking artists and visual artists to physically and intellectually engage with the land and re-present it to themselves and to the world. Through a comprehensive analysis of a variety of site-specific artistic practices, artworks and publications, this book investigates the works of Scotland-based artists including Linda Cracknell, Kathleen Jamie, Thomas A. Clark, Gerry Loose, John Burnside, Alec Finlay, Hamish Fulton, Hanna Tuulikki and Roseanne Watt, with a view to exploring the ongoing re-invention of a territory-bound identity that dwells on an inclusive sense of place, as well as on a complex renegotiation with the time and space of Scotland.

The Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry in English

Author: Jeremy Noel-Tod,Ian Hamilton

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199640254

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 727

View: 973


Provides over 1,700 biographies of influential poets writing in English from 1910 to the present day, exploring the influences, inspirations, and movements that have shaped their works and lives.

The Silver Invicta

Author: Tom Harland

Publisher: Birlinn Ltd

ISBN: 1913538893

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 240

View: 1661


‘a beautifully written paean to Scottish fishing . . . The greatest compliment you could pay this book is that non-anglers would enjoy it every bit as much as dyed-in-the-wood fishers’ – Richard Bath, Scottish Field The Silver Invicta is a stream of impressions from a fishing life, in its varying moods, coloured with plenty of whisky and eccentric company. Join Tom Harland on his light-hearted journeys with his fly rod; take part in his triumphs and disasters on rough, wild camping trips and share his encounters with the wildlife of Scotland’s rivers and lochs. The ‘Silver Invicta’ was the traditional fly which was taken by Tom’s first salmon and is also a nod to the spirit of Scotland’s embattled migratory fish. In this glorious eulogy to life outdoors, Harland dispels some of the myths surrounding the exclusivity of fly fishing and all the rivers and lochs featured are readily available on an affordable basis. Open this treasure trove of a book to share the pleasure the author finds through fishing respectfully in magical, wild, and seldom-visited places.

On the Other Side of Sorrow

Author: James Hunter

Publisher: Birlinn

ISBN: 0857908340

Category: Nature

Page: 320

View: 6430


A magnificent combination of political passion, scholarship, literary sensitivity . . . and hopefulness' - Robert Macfarlane 'A wonderful and ambitious book' - Shetland Times Caring for the environment, developing rural communities and ensuring the survival of minority cultures are all laudable objectives, but they can conflict, and nowhere more so than the Scottish Highlands. As environmentalists strive to preserve the scenery and wildlife of the Highlands, the people who belong there, and who have their own claims on the landscape, question this threat to their culture, which dates back thousands of years. In this acclaimed and thought-provoking book, James Hunter examines the dispute between Highlanders, who developed a strong environmental awareness countless generations before other Europeans, and conservationists, whose thinking owes much to the romantic ideals of the nineteenth century. More than that, he also suggests a new way of dealing with the problem, advocating drastic land-use changes and the repopulation of empty glens - an approach which has worldwide implications.

Getting Higher

Author: Andrew Greig

Publisher: Birlinn

ISBN: 0857900250

Category: Poetry

Page: 208

View: 2401


Andrew Greig is a Scottish poet of sensitivity and resilience. He deals with high-risk situations - from mountaineering to love - and is particularly good at presenting the gamut of feelings involved in rites of passage: high endeavour, commitment, holding back, drift, release' - Edwin Morgan 'A writer of integrity and imaginative energy' - TLS 'A lyric poet of rare gusto' - The Observer Alongside the mountain poems from Men on Ice, Order of the Day and Western Swing, Getting Higher features brand new material, facsimiles of previously unpublished material - including his first poem, written in 1972 - and illustrations and material from the National Library of Scotland archive. A beautiful collector's item full of illustrations, marginalia and notes.

We Will Seek Peace and Pursue It

Author: Neil Paynter

Publisher: Wild Goose Publications

ISBN: 1849524327

Category: Religion

Page: 208

View: 7947


A book of readings, reflections and prayers about 'the bombs and bullets and landmines we drop into the heart of other people's lives' - and the many good folk working for peace and reconciliation at home and abroad. It can be used for personal and group reflection or in worship. While several of the contributors are from various grassroots organisations and communities, many are members, associates or friends of the Iona Community, which, from its beginning, has been engaged in work for peace and reconciliation.

Kathleen Jamie

Author: Rachel Falconer

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 1474414192

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

View: 5478


Analyses media representations of riots, strikes and protests

Casting into Mystery

Author: Robert Reid

Publisher: The Porcupine's Quill

ISBN: 0889844283

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 288

View: 7612


‘Every time I leave the world of work, family and community to wade into a river with fly rod in hand, I enter a sacred space that sometimes finds expression in the written word.’ In Casting into Mystery, writer Robert Reid and wood engraver Wesley W. Bates—avid anglers, both—put ink to paper in homage to the venerable sport of fly fishing. Through text and image, they recall with fondness the ‘company of rivers’ each is grateful to know, providing a glimpse inside a sporting culture teeming with literature, art and music. Part memoir, part objet d’art and part field guide, Casting into Mystery will delight passionate fly fishing practitioners and armchair anglers alike.

You Know What You Could Be

Author: Mike Heron,Andrew Greig

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1784292990

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

View: 4138


'Mike Heron, as part of the Incredible String Band, changed the way I looked at music. Read it!' Billy Connolly 'Mike Heron's lyrics always sparkled with wit and warmth and his prose is a delightful continuation. The book evokes a smoky, unheated eccentric Edinburgh that was a crucible for so much creativity.' Joe Boyd, author of White Bicycles This singular book offers two harmonising memoirs of music making in the 1960s. Mike Heron for the first time writes vividly of his formative years in dour, Presbyterian Edinburgh. Armed with a love of Buddy Holly, Fats Domino and Hungarian folk music, he plays in school cloakrooms, graduates to rock, discovers the joy of a folk audience, starts writing songs, tries to talk to girls, wishes he was a Beatnik all while training as a reluctant accountant. When asked to join Robin Williamson and Clive Palmer, the Incredible String Band are formed - and their wildly innovative, astounding music became indelibly linked with the latter Sixties. Andrew Greig was a frustrated provincial schoolboy when he heard their songs. It changed everything. Undaunted by a lack of experience and ability, he formed a band in their image. Fate & Ferret populated back-country Fife with Pan, nymphs and Apollo, met the String Band and caught the fish lorry to London to hang around Joe Boyd's Witchseason office, watching at the fringes of the blooming Underground scene. It was forty years later that he and Mike became friends. These entwined stories will delight anyone who has loved the Incredible String Band; and their differing portraits of that hopeful, erratic and stubborn stumble towards the life that is ours will strike a chord with everyone.