Dear David,
I'm delighted that you sent this. I know Sandy Moffat's work and have met
him, and a long time ago I interviewed MacDiarmid (a year before he died)
and  MacCaig. I've met Alan Bold also and heard Sorley MacLean read his

If anyone is interested in more, the interviews are in my edition, *Hugh
MacDiarmid: Man and Poet* (Edinburgh UP and National Poetry Foundation
[co-published]). It also includes interviews I did with Seamus Heaney and
John Montague.

Scotland produced an amazing set of writers in what is called the Scottish
Renaissance. This says "the second half of the twentieth century," but most
of these were writing in the first half. MacDiarmid's first Scots lyric,
"The Watergaw," came out in 1922, also an Annus Mirabilis in Scotland. His
great long poem, *A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle*, was published in 1926.

Liz Lochhead should have been in here also. She is still writing. She was
Scotland's second Makar, and Jackie Kay is the current one. We would say
"poet laureate." Liz and Jackie and Carol Ann Duffy--currently Britain's
poet laureate--all grew up in Glasgow.

I hope many readers try some of this work.

On Sat, Jan 12, 2019 at 4:13 PM David Boyd <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Mainly for possible Nancy Gish interest in case not already noted
> - observed today in Edinburgh National Portrait Gallery
> - interesting to see MacKay Brown there from Orkney : think this Stella
> Cartwright was the love of his life despite being much younger than he was
> and being destroyed by the demon drink, with which he was an enthusiast but
> managed not to let it take him over.