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Orcadian cadences: celebrating the reclusive poet George Mackay Brown

Maggie Fergusson on the reclusive poet George Mackay Brown

5 June 2021

9:00 AM

5 June 2021

9:00 AM

Few journalists can have conducted such a dismal interview as mine with George Mackay Brown in the summer of 1992. The Times had sent me to Orkney, and the night before we met I sat up in my B&B reading his poetry, spellbound. So much to ask him! But that first meeting was a disaster.

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Carve the Runes: Selected Poems, edited by Kathleen Jamie; Simple Fire: Selected Short Stories, edited by Malacky Talack; An Orkney Tapestry, edited by Linden Bicket and Kirsteen McCue (Polygon, £12.99 each).

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