Sandie Craigie



Sandie Craigie will feature in the March of Women on 7th March 2015, a procession of women from Glasgow and beyond spilling out of Glasgow Women’s Library onto the streets of Bridgeton to celebrate the achievements of women past and present.

Sandie Craigie, Scots  is rightly of the current generation but she died in 2005 in tragic circumstances in the centre of Edinburgh, where she spent most of her life.

 She was a powerful poet, exclusively in the Scots language. She regarded herself as a performance poet and gave many readings of her poems, some of which, happily, were recorded at the time.

Several of the smaller Edinburgh presses wanted to publish a book or booklet of her work, but she was never interested. Her death shocked the Edinburgh and Glasgow street poetry communities but further moves to publish a book have not yet borne fruit, although Red Squirrel has been discussing this again recently. Her language was trenchant and (in her own words) "a wee bit sweary" but that does nothing to detract from its effect.

Kevin Cadwallender and Colin Donati commissioned an essay on her work from me for the first issue of Red Squirrel's poetry magazine Drey, edited by Kevin Cadwallender. This resulted in more people asking about her work. She left a great deal of material and some if it is not easy to access, but she also published a number of poems in very small booklets and magazines.

Here are two poems by Sandie. She gave me the first, a quiet but typically punchy piece, for an early issue of Poetry Scotland magazine. The shorter final one is typical of her fiercely political work.

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Thanks to the Scots Language Centre for their help with this information.