Dalkeith college celebrates famous son

Newbattle Abbey College
Newbattle Abbey College

Newbattle Abbey College will celebrate one of its most famous graduates, poet George Mackay Brown, with an exhibition of his works this evening (Wednesday, March 25) at 7pm.

The two-hour event, which has been organised by Newbattle’s Celtic Studies students, will also feature stories, reminiscences, and presentations on Brown, as well as music and canapés from his native Orkney.

Born in Stromness, George Mackay Brown was a poet, novelist, and a writer of short stories and plays. He was a student at Newbattle Abbey College in 1951-52 and went on to the University of Edinburgh as a mature student to study poet Gerard Manley Hopkins.

The son of a tailor and postman, Brown was invited to study at Newbattle by fellow Orcadian and poet, Edwin Muir, who himself was Principal of Newbattle at the time. He wrote about Orkney life, protecting cultural heritage from ‘progress’ and loss of archaic myth and ritual in modern world.

Entry to the event is free of charge but visitors are requested to make a donation towards drinks and canapés.