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.
‘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.’
‘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...’