I share your admiration for Sidney Graham's poetry, I still have a first
edition copy of 'Malcolm Mooney's Land' which I bought when I was 15, one
question though, you say he made an 'early' decision to write in English.
Now as far as I know he wasn't a Gaelic speaker anyhow, to the best of my
knowledge Greenock isn't exactly populated with such, correct me if I'm
wrong, as that would be something about him I didn't know, but what I mean
is that English was his language anyhow.
All the Best
A Chide's Alphabet
Painting Without Numbers
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From: "David Howard" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, October 15, 2002 5:16 AM
Subject: Re: Presiding Spirits
Yes, Robin, W.S. Graham was a Scotsman - one who made an early and life-long
decision to write in English, in which language he took delicious liberties
with both Scotland's geography, shunting locations from his childhood
together in a defiant present. Occasionally Scottish slang attached to these
reconstituted places but it was always in support of the English which he
cajoled, entreated, objected to, turned this way and that....