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Literary respectability in Cousland?

Cousland book group left to right Robin Donald, Ken Carnie, Paul Cornes, Norrie Brown, Stuart Buchan

Cousland book group left to right Robin Donald, Ken Carnie, Paul Cornes, Norrie Brown, Stuart Buchan

What do real ale fans do for a tipple if they live in a ‘dry’ community without a pub and respect the law on drink driving?

For the men of Cousland in 2002 the solution was to band together from time to time to hire transport to take them to establishments in their vicinity that sold real ales.

That led to the formation of Cousland Real Ale and Poetry Society (CRAPS), which last week launched a book charting its first decade.

Paul Cornes from the society said: “If truth be told, it started as a ruse, a ‘tongue in cheek’ response to the book clubs that Cousland’s women had formed.

“It was no more than a thinly-veiled subterfuge to give our outings an apparent veneer of literary respectability.

“However, that ruse was soon spotted and male pride was at stake, particularly on the away days when fellow travellers’ demands for a face-saving poem to make the day’s events needed to be met.”

The outcome is recorded in Cousland Real Ale & Poetry Society: The First Decade, by Paul Cornes and Kenneth Carnie. It charts CRAPS’ origins and history with the light verse it has spawned. The book costs £3.99 or £5.50 inclusive of p&p. Email pcornes.eurorehab@virgin.net

 

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