The Hunterian Poems

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'A painting is an event. You can plan events, but if they go according to your plan they are not events.' - Jack Yeats.

This anthology of poems is a showcase of the Hunterian's collection of paintings and a fascinating enquiry into the relations between the literary and visual arts, intellectually curious and charged with delight, full of unpredicted pleasures and wonders, opening deep questions, suggesting uncertainties, affirming resolutions.

The book collects works by Scotland's national poets Liz Lochhead and Edwin Morgan and Glasgow's poet laureate Jim Carruth. In all, there are twenty-one of Scotland's best poets writing in Gaelic, Scots and English, including Stewart Conn, Meg Bateman, Gerda Stevenson, Elizabeth Burns, David Kinloch and Aonghas MacNeacail. Each poem addresses a range of artists and their works in unique illuminations and enquiries.

The paintings, beautifully reproduced in the text, include works by J.D. Fergusson, Cadell and Peploe, Whistler, Chardin, Jan Steen and Joan Eardley; major figures in European and Scottish traditions.

Edited by Alan Riach, Professor of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow.

Full list of poets:
Meg Bateman
Elizabeth Burns
Jim Carruth
Stewart Conn
Lesley Duncan
Gerrie Fellows
John Glenday
David Kinloch
Liz Lochhead
Aonghas MacNeacail
Peter McCarey
Edwin Morgan
Liz Niven
Janet Paisley
John Pursur
Alan Riach
Jeffrey Robinson
Kathrine Sowerby
Gerda Stevenson
Sheila Templeton
Rab Wilson

Published by Freight Books and made possible through the sponsorship of the Hunterian Friends and the Andrew Tannahill Fund for Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow.

Additional product images are from the Edinburgh launch of the book at Lyon & Turnbull. They include Prof. Alan Riach opening the event, and some of the poets who took part: Aonghas MacNeacail, Peter McCarey, Gerda Stevenson, Lesley Duncan, Jeffrey Robinson, Gerrie Fellows and Alan Riach. Images are copyright to Lyon & Turnbull, photographer Alex Robson.