Language is Where the People Are: W.S. Graham at 100

Language is Where the People Are: W.S. Graham at 100

I stand in my vocabulary looking out
Through my window of fine water
                                                  ready
To translate natural occurrences
Into something beyond any idea
Of pleasure.  The wisps of April fly
With light messages to the lonely.

from 'A Note to the Difficult One'
W.S. Graham

Image: Copyright © the Estate of Michael Seward Snow, 2018. All rights reserved.

Welcome to the W.S. Graham centenary pages, hosted by the Scottish Poetry Library on behalf of the estate of W.S. Graham, and part of the estate’s centenary project ‘Language is Where the People Are’. These pages will help you keep up to date with news of centenary events, poems and publications, and offer a gallery of previously unseen images of the author and a selection of materials from the estate archives.

The title of the centenary project is taken from Graham’s poem ‘The Dark Dialogues’, and reflects key themes in the author’s work: the difficulty of communication, the importance of community, and the need for humour. The project is supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.

We invite you to celebrate the life and work of this major Scottish poet.