William Neill (poet)

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William Neill (22 February 1922 – 5 April 2010) was an Ayrshire-born poet who wrote in Scottish and Irish Gaelic, Lowland Scots and English. He was a major contributing voice to the Scottish Renaissance.[1]

Early life[edit]

Neill was educated at Ayr Academy and later took an Honours degree in Celtic studies and English at Edinburgh. He was a frequent contributor to both Catalyst and Gairm magazines. As a young writer, he studied the poets of the Scottish Renaissance, and viewed 'modern assertions that "Scots was dying in the time of Burns" as the assertions of dyed-in-the-wool townies.

Career[edit]

Neill taught English at Castle Douglas High School, his wife taught at the primary school. Occasionally he would sicken of teaching English and conduct lessons in Scots instead.

Awards[edit]

Awards for poetry have included The Grierson Verse Prize (1970), Sloan Prize (1970) and a Scottish Arts Council Book Award (1985). He lived in Galloway and was born in Prestwick, Ayrshire.

Works[edit]

  • Scotland's Castle, Reprographia (Gordon Wright), 1969
  • Four Points of a Saltire, Reprographia (Gordon Wright), 1970
  • Then and now: poems and songs, W. Neill
  • Poems, Akros Publications, 1970
  • Despatches Home, Reprographia (Gordon Wright), 1972, ISBN 0-903065-07-X
  • Wild places: poems in three leids, Luath Press, 1985
  • Making Tracks: and other poems, Gordon Wright Publishing, 1988, ISBN 0-903065-65-7
  • Tales frae the Odyssey o Homer, Saltire Society, 1992, ISBN 0-854110496
  • Selected poems, 1969-1992, Canongate Press, 1994, ISBN 978-0-86241-476-4
  • Galloway landscapes: poems, URR Publications, 1981, ISBN 978-0-9507609-0-2; Previous Parrot Press, 1997
  • Caledonian Cramboclink, Luath Press, 2000, ISBN 978-0-946487-53-0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "William Neill, Poet". The Herald. 11 April 2010. 

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