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BIOGRAPHY – ALASTAIR REID Wednesday, 6 January 2010

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Alastair Reid was born in 1926 in Galloway, and graduated from the University of St Andrews after war service in the navy. He has lived in Spain, France, Switzerland, the United States, and Central and South America, working as poet, translator and champion of South American literature, staff writer and South American editor of The New Yorker.

Alastair Reid’s collections include Whereabouts (1987), Weathering (1978) and To Lighten My House (1953). On the Blue Shore of Silence (HarperCollins, 2004) is a new selection of his translations of Neruda’s poems of the sea.

Find out more about Alastair Reid through the Scottish Poetry Library’s Poets A-Z.

Norma’s stories: Prìosan and Whithorn Wednesday, 25 November 2009

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Two poems which mean a lot to me are

1. Prìosan by Donald MacAulay

2. Whithorn Manse by Alastair Reid

1. Donald MacAulay is one of Scotland’s most renowned Gaelic poets and is able to provide richness of emotional place and sentiment in his writing by honing his words and keeping them spare.

2. I was brought up in a rural schoolhouse, as Alastair Reid was in a manse. The poem therefore speaks volumes to me and captures the loneliness of finding your true element.

For me, both poems express in different ways, the ongoing need in some of us to identify what we are.