Monday, 8 November 2010

Fishing For Poetry

Over the years I have become a fan of the poems of Norman McCaig. My first introduction to McCaig was by way of a book of his poems borrowed from the local library. Inside the book was a rather splendid CD of a collection of his poems recited by the great man himself which I like to listen to sometimes on my mp3 player especially when I'm fishing at a remote highland location.
You may have noticed a few months ago on my blog I did an article about Andrew Greig's deep and meaningful book The Loch of the Green Corrie. Well then such was the popularity of the book and the subject matter there in the BBC have got to be praised for producing a couple of excellent programmes for radio and TV. The subject of the programmes is of course, Norman McCaig arguably Scotland's finest post Burns poet. The radio programme was broadcast last Saturday morning and is still available on iplayer here.
The TV production titled ,Fishing for Poetry is broadcast tonight on BBC2 Scotland at 9pm. I hope they release a DVD of this programme as it's going to be the most interesting thing I have seen on TV for some time and would like to watch it over and over at my leisure. There is no need for me wax lyrically about the content of the show as the BBC are good at that kind of thing as you can see for yourself here where there is also a short video clip on Billy Connolly....
Just thought I would give my readers and followers a heads up on these programmes as I am certain that anyone who enjoys poetry and fishes in wild places such as the Scottish Highlands will really enjoy the radio and TV shows. Please leave a comment and let me know what you thought of the show.


  1. I watched this last night. I did enjoy it. Not a lot of fishing in it but that's what I expected. As expected we saw lovely scenery and heard anecdotes and poems recited by friends and family of Norman.The trip to the Loch of the Green Corrie by Billy, Andrew and Ally was actually to pay homeage to a friend.

  2. Was it Andrew or Ally that looked choked up through the whole film? The guy with the beard. That really ment a lot to him, going up to the Loch Of The Green Corrie. Loved how they began the trip down the Dutch Colonies, Billy talking about the river just down the bottom of the stairs. One of the nicest parts of Edinburgh.