A Poetry Launch In Wick
Angus Calder launched his latest volume of poetry "Colours of Grief" in
Wick on 31 October 2002. After reading some of his latest poems
Angus signed copies of the book for those who had gathered in the
Breadalbane Hotel. His works has appeared in numerous literary
publications including Chapman, Edinburgh Review, Fife Lines, Gaelforce
2001, Herald, North Words, Poetry Scotland, Scottish Poetry Library and
Caithness based Scotia Review.
Angus Calder's first book of poems
"Waking In Waikato" appeared in 1997. He is based in Edinburgh and
has received a Scottish Arts Council bursary in 2002 to work on his
poetry. apart from other poetry publications he has written books
- The People's War 1939 - 45 appeared in 1969 when he was teaching
literature at the university of Nairobi. His next big historical
work was a narrative of British expansion down to the 1780's -
|Angus Calder was an interdisciplinary
tutor at the Open University from 1979 - 1993. He has recently
freelanced into military history and this accounts for much in "Colours of
Grief". He has also produced books on T. S. Elliot and Byron and
editions of selected verse by Burns and R L Stevenson.
Colours of Grief is available from Shoestring Press
A poem from Colours of Grief
So, its heritage now - the photographs of moustached
men, a works football team, in the new museum.
'Whit did ye dae in the General Strike, Granda?'
(Played fitba wi the polis, but never mind that...)
'Och, Jamie, the unity wis tremendous.'
And so it was: uniform cloth caps
in other photos prove it, in black and white.
What the museum has missed is that young pair
at hoochmagandie, unmarried, up in the moors.
"Rab, I have to tell ye this - its finished here.
I want to get away. Ye canna
bring bairns up here....' 'Aye, Meg, aye - weel,
Iv'e heard there's prospects in Canada.
Uncle willie's written...' So
they seafared and in Edmonton Meg lives still.
She tells her great-grandchildren, 'Oh, how
I miss that feeling of real community,
everyone in it together. It was - tremendous'
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