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I never saw the intricate connections with quite this sunny clarity before, such intimate revealing of relations
about the poem
One of the most important concentrations of Neolithic and Bronze Age remains in Scotland, Kilmartin Glen is in Argyll, not far from Kintyre. It inspired Riach's poem named after the Glen, which can be found in his collection Clearances.
Image: kilmartin glen by twistyfoldy.net, under a Creative Commons licence.
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We're delighted to welcome Alan Riach to the SPL this Thursday (30 March), 7pm. What's more, the event is free. The event launches Riach's new collection The Winter Book (Luath Press). Alan Riach’s first book of poems since 2009’s Homecoming has been called ‘a vision of our times’, but it’s also a celebration of friends, landscapes, and domestic and public actions.
Born in Airdrie, Lanarkshire, Alan Riach is the author of works of criticism on the poetry of Hugh MacDiarmid, editor of MacDiarmid's collected works from Carcanet Press, and has published several collections of poetry including Clearances (Scottish Cultural Press, 2001), Homecoming: new poems 2001-2009 (Luath, 2009), for which he drew upon his own experiences as an ex-pat, and new collection The Winter Book (Luath Press).