• Scotland – Exploring Our feelings

    Wee Read took a theme of Scotland to The Maggie’s Lanarkshire this week.

    Christine at The Maggie's


    I was stretching myself to bring more prose readings to the group and chose Carol Craig’s book ‘The Tears that made the Clyde’ . This looks at possible influences on the current health behaviours that produce the so-called Scotland Effect and Glasgow Effect. In this book, we heard about some of the history of the  Glasgow shipyard workers :their patter, their humour, their harsh working conditions. We had a lively discussion about all these things bringing in our own memories and family histories.


     We then explored the poem ‘Scotland’ by Hugh MacDiarmid.  He is a poet often described as the most influential Scottish poet of the 20th century. And a bit scary to me, because such a large presence is difficult to bring to the the table when ye don’t really know his work that well. However this short poem was accessible and we could all relate to it and express our passionate feelings for our country.  It was a discussion that brought our group together.Great getting to know each other better in this way, safe, confidential, honest talk!Thanks to everyone there.More to come!



Born in 1958 and brought up in Blantyre in a family of seven. Moved to Glasgow in 1976 and stayed until 2012. Then I moved back to Hamilton where I had attended secondary school, for 4 years. Home is now Glasgow, again, I am a weegie through 'n through. I have two daughters, and four granddaughters who all light up my life. My experience of working with poetry, writing, reading and so on is from my childhood. One of my poems was published in a school magazine when I was 12. I am now trying to publish my first grown-up booklet of poems within the next year or so. I trained and studied to become a librarian from 1977. It was the one job I wanted since reading in Hamilton Townhouse Library in the early 1970's!I watched the staff and thought, I'd like to work here... Bibliotherapy came into my life in 2007, at Glasgow Women's Library.