Author Archives: Andrew Mitchell

Death of Professor Derick Thomson

Derick died aged 90 on 21 March 2012. His enormous contribution to Gaelic culture has been recorded in the press. My own special memory is taking him back to the Isle of Lewis with Iain Crichton Smith to make a … Continue reading

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Fortnightly Review

My article on Wordsworth and Coleridge is to be found on the Fortnightly Review web site Continue reading

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Pictures from Galloway

Following a photo Shoot on the Solway with Scottish harpist Wendy Stewart, we recorded some of the Taking You Home poems, which are now on You Tube at wordworthywriting and can be seen on the Taking You Home page of … Continue reading

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Fazenda

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The disembodied scream of a peacock, floating
on the night air, disturbed his sleep. Half
waking, the qualities of dream returned him amongst
the thatch and whitewashed walls, the gentility
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Bahia

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A town held bosomed in lush forest, its white faced convents and porticoed colonnades led naturally into columned trees, whose canopied leaves Continue reading

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Setting Out

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Light easterly, long wished for as a flock of sailors settle in the rigging, white as spreading sails. Tremulous anticipation and elation as the capstan turns and Beagle shanties out of Plymouth, lurching with sickening motion. Continue reading

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Taking The Waters

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He lies corpse blue in cold
spring water, not yet dawn when towelled
in the dark, hissing teeth chatter
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