Motion ref. S6M-00011
Search for The Storm
Submitted by: Liam McArthur, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats.
Date lodged: Friday, May 14, 2021
Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Jackie Baillie, Sarah Boyack, Siobhian Brown, Ariane Burgess, Maggie Chapman, Alex Cole-Hamilton, Bob Doris, Kenneth Gibson, Jamie Halcro Johnston, Bill Kidd, Fulton MacGregor, Rona Mackay, Ruth Maguire, Paul McLennan, Stuart McMillan, Jenni Minto, Douglas Ross, David Torrance, Beatrice Wishart
That the Parliament welcomes efforts to locate original copies of George Mackay Brown’s first collection of his works, The Storm and Other Poems, ahead of the centenary of his birth later in 2021; recognises the Orkney-born writer as one of Scotland’s greatest poets and the importance that this collection had in shaping his later world-renowned work; notes that BBC Radio Orkney is supporting the George Mackay Brown Fellowship in its search for the 300 original copies that were printed in 1954 and plans to broadcast a special programme based on the research in the autumn; thanks the Fellowship for its work to promote new creative writing through writing residencies, literary events and workshops and for celebrating Orkney writers, past and present, and encourages the public to get involved with the search and the centenary celebrations.