No. 74, A Fookin’ Shite Idea (September 2014)

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Table of Contents:

01.        Barbour, All the Gold in the World (1375)

02.        Skinner, Tulluchgorum (1776)

03.        Burns, Auld Lang Syne (1788)

04.        Burns, Awa, Whigs, Awa! (1790)

05.        Burns, Fareweel to A’ Our Scottish Fame (1791)

06.        Burns, Scots Wha Hae (1793)

07.        Burns, A Man’s a Man For A’ That (1795)

08.        MacDiarmid, A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle (1926)

09.        Gray, Scotland (1928)

10.        MacDiarmid, The Little White Rose (1934)

11.        MacDiarmid, Scotland Small? (1938)

12.        Muir, Scotland 1941 (1941)

13.        MacDiarmid, A Vision of Scotland (1949)

14.        Hanley, Scotland the Brave (1950)

15.        Muir, The Difficult Land (1956)

16.        Williamson, Flower of Scotland (1965)

17.        Crichton Smith, The Clearances (1968)

18.        Reid, Scotland (1971)

19.        Morgan, Post-Referendum (1984)

20.        Morgan, The Coin (1984)

21.        Crichton Smith, The Beginning of a New Song (1997)

22.        Note

The poems in this booklet were performed at The Three Crowns in Stoke Newington on the evening of Thursday the 18th of September, 2014, the day of the Scottish referendum. According to legend, James VI of Scotland, on his way to be crowned James I of England, Scotland and Wales in 1603, a full hundred years before the Act of Union, and seeing London for the first time from the heights of Stamford Hill, stopped here for a drink, whereupon the landlord declared that, henceforth, the pub would be called The Three Crowns, as it still is today.

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