Tag Archives: Walter Scott

The Great Moc Gonagall

Norman Watson, Poet McGonagall: The Biography of William McGonagall (Birlinn) One of the first books of poetry I remember from my childhood is listed in the bibliography to this new life of William McGonagall, the enigmatic purveyor of bad verse … Continue reading

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A Turbulent Makar

(This piece on Edwin Morgan’s Scottish Laureateship was written in November 2005 for a small magazine the name and a copy of which continues to evade me.) The idea of a poet laureate carries with it some interesting preconceptions. Although … Continue reading

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