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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'.


It was great fun and beautifully organised. A wonderful community venue, great flowers, fantastic sound and light and I love the army of red t-shirts - I think I’ll be taking a few ideas back to Bloody Scotland with me. Please ask me back and thank you for asking me to Chair Ron

Lin Anderson

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