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Edinburgh Come All Ye

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Alan Spence’s Makar collection. These poems celebrate Scotland, Scottishness and the events of 2017- 2021. The book is illustrated with  stunning artwork by Victoria Crowe, Alison Watt, Rose Strang, David Williams, Calum Colvin, Doug Cocker, Andrew Archer and Joyce Gunn Cairns.

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‘There is a very good reason why Alan Spence is such a well-loved poet: his work is full of humanity, generosity of spirit, and understanding. But it has a value that transcends its undoubted popular appeal: these are finely-wrought lines that deal with things that really matter, and that is what makes Alan Spence a great poet.’

–Alexander McCall Smith

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Alan Spence


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Alan Spence is an award-winning poet and playwright, novelist and short story writer. He is Professor Emeritus in Creative Writing at The University of Aberdeen, and from 2017 to 2021 was Edinburgh Makar.
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‘From the Mediterranean to the Baltic,

from the Caspian Sea to the Atlantic,

folk have foregathered here in Edinburgh

on this bright autumn day they’ve come together.

In a world turned tapsalteerie, upside down

they’ve come from a the airts to this old town.

Let’s sing a great Come All Ye...’

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