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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 magazines. As a young writer, he studied the poets of the Gairm Scottish Renaissance, and viewed 'modern assertions that "Scots was dying in the time of Burns" as the assertions of dyed-in-the-wool townies.
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 Lallans instead.
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.
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
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
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