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Alan Riach

Alan Riach holds the Chair of Scottish Literature at Glasgow University. His fifth book of poems, Homecoming (2009), follows Clearances (2001), First & Last Songs (1995), An Open Return (1991) and This Folding Map (1990).

Alan Riach will introduce poets who will read from their new anthology, 'The  Hunterian Museum Poems', with poetry from a number of top Scottish poets.

Alan Riach

Alan Riach

This is a showcase of poems enquiring into and representing objects both natural and humanly-made, from bird's nests to Lord Kelvin's artificial pitch glacier, from deep sea coral to an Egyptian mummy, from the world's smallest dinosaur footprint to Roman and Celtic remains from the Antonine Wall. If you enjoyed Neil MacGregor's 'History of the World in 100 Objects', try this 'History of the World in Objects and Poems from The Hunterian Collection at the University of Glasgow'.


“I didn‘t wait to be invited back, I invited myself, in fact that‘s why I wrote another book”

BOOKMARK is better than most because it is superbly well organised, you look after me so well and because you, as a community, are so interested in books. I feel you actually want to hear what I have to say It‘s a marvellous event.  I will be back again if I can think of another book to write.

Martin Bell

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