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In-Person Event

Alan Riach at The Buccleuch Centre, Langholm


Wednesday, September 6, 2023

6:30 pm


Wednesday, September 6, 2023

8:00 pm

The Buccleuch Centre, Langholm

Join us at The Buccleuch Centre on 6th September as Alan Riach reads poems from his new lyrical biography, The MacDiarmid Memorandum. With live performances on the piano and bagpipes.

Hugh MacDiarmid, Christopher Grieve, Langholm boy: poet, journalist, cultural revolutionary, pioneer of Scottish independence and leader of Scotland’s 20th-century cultural renaissance, transformed Scotland and what Scotland might be. In The MacDiarmid Memorandum, Alan Riach, poet and Professor of Scottish Literature at Glasgow University, presents his own poetic patchwork biography of MacDiarmid’s life, from a Langholm boyhood in a world of rivers, high moors and a library of books, to the post-World War One cultural revolution, to exile in Shetland with his second wife Valda in the 1930s, and their return – but not retirement – to mainland Scotland and Brownsbank Cottage, Lanarkshire.

Join us at The Buccleuch Centre as Alan introduces MacDiarmid and reads a selection of the poems with images of paintings by the artists Alexander Moffat and Ruth Nicol. With Henry Jeffrey playing piano and Iain Bell playing the pipes, this promises to be a refreshing, challenging and above all highly enjoyable evening.

This event is free to attend.

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To the left hand side, a black and white, graphic-style photograph of the author Alan Riach's head and shoulders, with an orange speech bubble shape emerging from his mouth. To the right, a 3d reproduction of the poetry book, with teal front cover and painted portrait of Hugh MacDiarmid and wife Valda.