Josie Neill

There’s Ma Mammy Wavin’

The Print Room
In person event
Sun 26 Sep
13:00 UK
Free, ticketed

The Scottish publishing event of 2021 is possibly the launch of 86-year-old Scots poet Josie Neill’s first full collection. Comprising poems in Scots and English painstakingly assembled from a lifetime’s recording and publishing, this work reveals Josie at her playful and moving best, evoking a rural lifestyle and language that has largely disappeared. She writes in beautiful, elegant, rooted language. Josie’s poetry often evokes a bygone way of life, and the folk who once inhabited it in a way that isn’t mawkish, but engages, elevates and pierces us. You’ll not read or hear better Scots poetry anywhere.

About the author: Josie Neill is from Muirkirk in Ayrshire but has lived and worked in Dumfries for many years. She has published extensively across a range of literary magazines and featured prominently in the anthologies Both Feet off the Ground, Mr Burns for Supper, and Chuckies Fae the Cairn. Her poetry has featured on national radio and she was a winner in the Scottish National Open Poetry Competition.

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