Margaret Tait

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Margaret Tait
Born (1918-11-11)11 November 1918
Kirkwall, Scotland
Died 16 April 1999(1999-04-16) (aged 80)
Kirkwall, Scotland
Alma mater
Occupation Filmmaker, poet

Margaret Caroline Tait (11 November 1918 – 16 April 1999) was a Scottish film maker and poet.

Life[edit]

Tait was born and raised in Kirkwall, in the Orkney Islands off the north coast of mainland Scotland.

She died in Kirkwall in 1999.

Education[edit]

Tait attended the University of Edinburgh, gaining qualifications in Medicine (1941). She later moved to Rome, where she studied filmmaking at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (1950–1952).

Career[edit]

After studying in Italy, Tait returned to Scotland and founded Ancona Films. On her move back to Orkney] in the 1960s, Tait continued to make films and took inspiration from the landscape and culture of Orkney.

In 50s and 60s' Edinburgh she was close to, though not a member of, the Rose Street Poets, which included such figures as Hugh MacDiarmid, Sorley Maclean and Norman MacCaig.[1]

Tait made 32 short films and one full-length feature, Blue Black Permanent. In addition, Tait wrote prose and poetry, and published three poetry books - origins and elements, The Hen and the Bees, and Subjects and Sequences.

Filmography[edit]

  • One Is One (1951)
  • Three Portrait Sketches (1951)
  • The Lion, The Griffin And The Kangaroo (1952)
  • Happy Bees (1955)
  • Orquil Burn (1955)
  • A Portrait of Ga (1955)
  • The Leaden Echo And The Golden Echo (1955)
  • Calypso (1956)
  • The Drift Back (1956)
  • Rose Street (1956)
  • Where I Am Is Here (1964)
  • Palindrome (1964)
  • Hugh Macdiarmid : A Portrait (1964)
  • The Big Sheep (1966)
  • Splashing (1966)
  • A Pleasant Place (1969)
  • He's Back (The Return) (1970)
  • John MacFadyen (The Stripes In The Tartan) (1970)
  • Painted Eightsome (1970)
  • On The Mountain (1974)
  • Colour Poems (1974)
  • Aerial (1974)
  • These Walls (1974)
  • Tailpiece (1976)
  • Place Of Work (1976)
  • Aspects Of Kirkwall : Shape Of A Town (1977)
  • Aspects Of Kirkwall : Occasions (1977)
  • Aspects Of Kirkwall : The Ba, Over The Years (1981)
  • Aspects Of Kirkwall : The Look Of The Place (1981)
  • Aspects Of Kirkwall : Some Changes (1981)
  • Landmakar (1981)
  • Blue Black Permanent (1992) (Feature)
  • Garden Pieces (1998)

Bibliography[edit]

  • The Grassy Stories: Short Stories from Children (Edinburgh: M.C. Tait, 1959)
  • Lane Furniture: A Book of Stories (Edinburgh: M.C. Tait, 1959)
  • origins and elements (Edinburgh: M.C. Tait, 1959)
  • The Hen and the Bees: Legends and Lyrics (Edinburgh: M.C. Tait, 1960)
  • Subjects and Sequences (Edinburgh: M.C. Tait, 1960)
  • Poems, Stories and Writings, edited by Sarah Neely (Manchester: Carcanet Press, 2012)
  • Subjects and Sequences: A Margaret Tait Reader, edited by Peter Todd and Benjamin Cook (London: LUX, 2004)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nick Roddick, pp. 54, Sight & Sound June 2015 Volume 25 Issue 6

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