Mandy Haggith on McCaig and Assynt

I found speaking with Mandy Haggith about community activism, poetry, Norman McCaig and land ownership to be incredibly and informative. Mandy is not only a cyber-crofter, but a brilliant poet and wonderful story-teller. If you love art, community, culture, landscape and the environment — you will love listening to Mandy. She’s a wonderful writer and activist and I hope we see her again soon. For now, enjoy the podcast! R x

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In the second of our Norman MacCaig themed podcasts, we chat with Mandy Haggith about her relationship with the Assynt loving poet and how his concerns about land ownership and respect for the landscape inform her own work and activism. Recorded at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. 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 Thursday 11 November, 2010

About Mandy Haggith

Mandy Haggith Mandy Haggith is a poet, author and activist, who lives on an Assynt croft. Off-grid, away from the mainstream, but still plugged in via the phone line. Looking into the woods, out to sea and askance at consumerist society.

Mandy runs Top Left Corner, a community company which brings people together in Assynt, in the north-west highlands of Scotland, to create written and other artworks. Top Left Corner runs creative retreats, arts activities, events and competitions.