Iain Crichton Smith
Iain Crichton Smith was, and is, lovingly acknowledged as one of modern Scotland’s foremost writers, wits and all-round ‘characters’. Generations of readers have grown up holding close to their hearts (and exam cram sheets) one or other of his terse, lyrical poems. There is, however, a great deal more to his oeuvre than his poetry. Reading Iain Crichton Smith – like the author’s own compulsion to write – is a hungry addiction. And a blessing.