A Gathering

A Personal Anthology of Scottish Poems

by Alexander McCall Smith

A Gathering

An accessible anthology, gathering together the Scotland’s best loved poetry.


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‘Sit back – there is certainly plenty here to enjoy’ – Scotsman

‘A beautifully curated, timeless collection’ – Women’s Weekly

‘The true excitement of discovery lies in the lesser known gems, [such as] Tessa Ransford’s Nocturne Lewis. There are poems that seep Scotland through their very pores. A wonderful anthology’ – The Wee Review

A poem does not have to be famous to be cherished. The best-known poems of Robert Burns have been loved by countless people over the years, but there are other poems that may be largely unknown that will mean a great deal to the few who are familiar with them.

This anthology is a personal curation and not just a simple collection of poems. Each poem, handpicked by Alexander McCall Smith, leads the reader from one poem to the another. Intimate in tone, the editor shares the pleasure he finds in these poems through short epigraphs written for each piece.

Grouped together in themes, from: Islands, Friendship, Love and Marriage, through to War and Conflict, Secrets, and Joy, this book would make the perfect gift for any occasion. It is a book for readers with a deep love of poetry, as well as those who are looking for the key that will open up the world of poetry.

Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the highly successful No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, which has sold over twenty-five million copies. Since then he has devoted his time to the writing of fiction and has seen his various series of books translated into over forty-six languages and become bestsellers throughout the world. These include the 44 Scotland Street novels, first published as a serial novel in the Scotsman, the Isabel Dalhousie novels, the Von Igelfeld series and the Corduroy Mansions novels.


ISBN: 9781846974045

Publication date: 04/10/2018

Format: Hardback

Extent: 240

Publisher: Birlinn Ltd

Stock status: Published

Categories: Birlinn/Polygon , Poetry