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Other Worlds

An Anthology of Scottish Island Poems

Edited by Stewart Conn

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ISBN: 9781788855426
Published: 05 May 2022
Format: E-Book
Extent: 176
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Imprint: Polygon
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About the Book

An island can be a source of escape or return, of solace or threat.

In this anthology rich depictions of island flora and fauna sit alongside sightings of croft dwellers and ferry-lowpers. Expressions of affection and accounts of imprisonment and bereavement sit cheek-by-jowl with evocations of drowned sailors, corporeal and ghostly. Praise poems alternate with diary entries and holiday postcards. Others cover stretches of water: Corrievreckan, say, or the Minch. And while there is a recurring sense of island heritage, and of belonging, the poet's feet need not be actively on island soil or on the deck of a fishing-boat.

In Other Worlds editor Stewart Conn has sought poems to set readers' hearts racing through a sharpening of memory or in opening new vistas and evoking new worlds and states of mind from Orkney and Shetland to the Hebrides, to Mull and Iona, Arran and Ailsa Craig; from St Kilda and Luing to Inchcape, the Torren rocks and the Isle of May.

The Author

Stewart Conn

Stewart Conn was born in Glasgow, grew up in Ayrshire and has for many years lived in Edinburgh. His poetry publications include Ghosts at Cockcrow, The Breakfast Room (2010 SMIT Scottish Poetry Book of the Year) and The Touch of Time: New & Selected Poems (all Bloodaxe), and most recently Against the Light (Mariscat Press) and Aspects of Edinburgh (Scotland Street Press); and as editor 100 Favourite Scottish Poems (Luath Press/Scottish Poetry Library) and 100 Favourite Scottish Love Poems (Luath Press).

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