Poems celebrating the beauty and variety of a unique tradition

Poems celebrating the beauty and variety of a unique tradition

Published on Monday 3 December 2018

The ten poems in our revised and updated edition offer a fascinating snapshot of the poetry of Scotland. Some poems explore ideas around identity and change, exile and belonging. Others focus on landscape and place, or are principally about language itself.

As our editor Don Paterson writes in his vivid introduction, Scottish poets “…excel, I think, at the anti-baroque: leaving words standing so sharp and stark and bold on the page that you can hear the wind whistle round them”.

There is plenty of warmth and humanity here too, and a bittersweet longing for the places of childhood.  This is a selection that opens a door on a unique and fascinating poetic tradition.

  • Poems that celebrate the joys of being on foot

    Poems that celebrate the joys of being on foot

    Published on Thursday 6 December 2018

    There seems to be a natural connection between walking and poetry. For Wordsworth, the regular rhythm of walking was a stimulus to writing, and he said that “nine-tenths of my verses have been poured out in the open air.” This beautiful mini-anthology edited by poet and keen walker Sasha Dugdale contains Wordsworth’s heart-stopping ‘Old Man […]

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  • Poems celebrating the beauty and variety of a unique tradition

    Poems celebrating the beauty and variety of a unique tradition

    Published on Monday 3 December 2018

    The ten poems in our revised and updated edition offer a fascinating snapshot of the poetry of Scotland. Some poems explore ideas around identity and change, exile and belonging. Others focus on landscape and place, or are principally about language itself. As our editor Don Paterson writes in his vivid introduction, Scottish poets “…excel, I […]

    Read the full story here →


  • Ten Poems about Robins

    Ten Poems about Robins

    Published on Tuesday 23 October 2018

    What is it about robins that makes them so easy to love? Is it the jaunty red breast? Or the fact that they have been known to build their nests in kettles, boots, coat pockets and even under car bonnets – places that seem to suggest a wish to be close to our human world? […]

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