Sir Kenneth Calman at Brodick Library

Sir Kenneth Calman, ex-Chief Medical Officer of Scotland, England and Wales, Chancellor of the University of Glasgow, and from 2008 to 2009, convener of the Calman Commission on Scottish devolution, was at Brodick Library on the 22nd November with his wife Ann, to read some selections from his new book of poetry, Afterthoughts. David Underdown …

Poem for December

From ‘The Pied Piper of Hamelin’by Robert Browning   At the first shrill notes of the pipe, I heard a noise as of scraping tripe, And putting apples, wondrous ripe, Into a cider-press’s gripe; And a moving away of pickle-tub boards, And a leaving ajar of conserve-cupboards, And a drawing of corks of train-oil-flasks, And …

Poem for November – Sonnet by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Poem for November Sonnet by Edna St. Vincent Millay What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why, I have forgotten, and what arms have lain Under my head till morning; but the rain Is full of ghosts tonight, that tap and sigh Upon the glass and listen for reply, And in my heart …

Poem of the Month

Selected by David Underdown, who also wrote the commentary. The Dissolution of the Libraries Words whirled away     like thought untethering itself.        Stand here  —  dugdeep in boneshells of abandoned bookbanks  —  and hear their        whisperlong        as winds blow in. The ransacked sky-stacks       …

Poem of the Month: Homage to Edwin Morgan

Homage to Edwin Morgan by Roy Fisher When Scotland shall secede, and lift itself clear of the yelping South, let the boundary be drawn again with tact. There must be room for the lately abandoned counties of England and the defectors drifting north. So have the southernmost frontier post set at the bridge by Derby …

The Song of the Sea Dragon

The Song of the Sea Dragon By Sue Weaver I’ve been here a long, long time, swimming deep, shimmering and swirling, taking shape – if you can call it that – from light and fire, star radiance, azure pearliness and moonshine. My Sea Dragon home is the ocean, all of it, that vast, never ending …

McLellan’s Legacy Goes International

This year’s McLellan Poetry Competition has now closed for entries and, if all goes to plan, by the time you read this Maura Dooley, this year’s the judge, will have completed her adjudication and the prizewinners will have been notified. Once again, after a slow start, interest built up to a frenzy during the final …

Poem for August

Mirror In my mother’s house is the friendly mirror, the only glass in which I look and think I see myself, think, yes, that’s what I think I’m like. that’s who I am. The only glass in which I look and smile. Just as this baby smiles at the baby who always smiles at her, …