Unrelated Incidents

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Unrelated Incidents is a series of poems by Tom Leonard. Written in 1976, One of the better-known of this series is "The Six o'clock News".

The Six o'clock news[edit]

The poem "The Six o'clock News" tackles working-class alienation, using the device of a Glaswegian speaking as a BBC newsreader, with what is certainly not a received pronunciation accent. John Corbett, writing on the Association for Scottish Literary Studies website, asserts that "The whole point of [this poem] (in which the six o’clock news is read in a Glasgow accent) is not to burlesque the rules of decorum, but, by inverting them, to challenge head-on the social structures and attitudes which maintain them."[1]


  1. ^ Corbett, John (2010) [2000]. "Literary Language and Scottish Identity". Association for Scottish Literary Studies. Retrieved September 26, 2012. 

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