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Papers, including poetry, plays, broadcasts, correspondence and reviews, of George Mackay Brown.

Identifier: Acc.4864/1-31

Scope and Contents

These papers, which date from the period 1960 to 1969, include manuscripts and typescripts of poetry, plays, broadcasts and reviews.

The manuscripts of plays include drafts of 'A spell for green corn' (Hogarth Press, 1970).


  • Creation: 1960-1970, undated.


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Normal access conditions apply.

Conditions Governing Use

Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.


31 Consultation units

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought, 1969, George Mackay Brown, Orkney.

Related Materials

Acc.4835. Manuscripts and typescripts of short stories and poems of George Mackay Brown.

Acc.4847. Letters to George Mackay Brown, mostly of Willa Muir, Ian Hamilton Finlay and Iain Crichton Smith.


Many of the poems (Acc.4864/1-8) were published in the following works:

'The year of the whale' (Chatto and Windus, 1965).

'Fishermen with ploughs' (Hogarth Press, 1971).

'Poems, new and selected' (Hogarth Press, 1971).

'Winterfold' (Chatto and Windus, 1976).
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