Andrew Greig

Meeting Andrew Greig and seeing him read from his book At the Loch of the Green Corrie’ was a massive pleasure. Not only is Greig an amazing reader and writer — he is a genuinely good and giving man who supports young writers and the Scottish literary community and is a direct line to the legendary Norman McCaig. His book about McCaig was adapted into a BBC documentary featuring Billy Connolly and was a great hit. Hear him read from the book, discuss his influences and generally banter in one of the most pleasurable interviews I’ve ever done. Enjoy. R

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As part of the centenary celebrations for Norman MacCaig, Ryan chats to poet and novelist Andrew Greig about his recent book, At the Loch of the Green Corrie, about his quest to find MacCaig’s favourite fishing spot. Presented by Ryan Van Winkle. Produced by Colin Fraser of Anon Poetry Magazine. Music by Ewen Maclean. Twitter: @byleaveswelive & @anonpoetry. Mail:

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First published Friday 5 November, 2010

About Andrew Greig

Andrew Greig was born in Bannockburn, and studied Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. Summit Fever (1985) and Kingdoms of Experience (1986) chronicle his participation in major climbing expeditions. His six books of poetry range from short love lyrics to the epic Men on Ice (1977) and Western Swing, an ironic play on the Grail quest. He has also written five novels, including When They Lay Bare (1999), based on the Border ballad ‘The Twa Corbies’, and In Another Light, set in Orkney and Penang. His poem ‘Orkney / This Life’ is included in the Scottish Poetry Library’s anthology Intimate Expanses. In Another Light was awarded the Saltire Society Prize for Book of the Year 2004. His This Life, This Life: Selected Poems 1970-2006 was published by Bloodaxe in 2006. At the Loch of the Green Corrie is his latest book.

And here’s a little video of Billy and Andrew from the BBC