The Leaves of the Years: Poems, Essays and Memories in Willie Neill’s Centenary Year

Wigtown Parish Church
Sat 24 Sep
18:00 UK

The late Willie Neill is considered by many to be the south of Scotland’s finest poet since Burns. He is also the poetic soul of Galloway, his poetry ranging through its history, peoples and languages. Neill saw his own writing as “standing up for the small tongues against the big mouths”. He was almost unique in writing fluently in the three languages of Scotland, English, Gaelic and Scots.
To celebrate the centenary of his birth, Drunk Muse press has commissioned a collection of writing in response to his work. Join some of the contributors, including editors Hugh McMillan and Stuart Paterson, to toast one of our most distinctive voices. 

About William Neill

William Neill was born in Prestwick, Ayrshire in 1922. He joined the RAF on leaving school, and having seen many parts of the world, left the forces in the 1960s, and studied Celtic literatures as a mature student at the University of Edinburgh. He then taught English in Galloway, before retiring to the village of Crossmichael where he died in 2010.

His first collection of poems was published when he was in his fifties; Selected Poems 1969-1992 was issued by Canongate in 1994, and Caledonian Cramboclink by Luath Press in 2000. William Neill’s impressive body of work includes translations from various European languages, often exploring other “minority” European languages and attitudes to them. He translated The Odyssey into Scots.