No Ordinary Genius

This weekend sees the 100th anniversary of the birth of Norman MacCaig, arguably Scotland’s greatest poet since Robert Burns.

To recognise this landmark in Scottish cultural history, a number of events are taking place across the country, many of them low-key affairs in keeping with the modesty of the man himself.

I had the great pleasure of meeting the poet towards the end of his life, an experience which had a profound effect on my personal and professional outlook on life.

The Scottish Review has generously allowed me to reminisce in the pages of their online magazine. You can read the article here.


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