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These poems reflect Irene Howat’s experience of life. A Scot through and through, she visits people and places, sights and sounds that mean something to her and introduces us to them.
We watch a sunrise over Arran and relax on the beach at Macrihanish, admire a spider’s web and think about a cherry tree whose autumn leaves have been blown away by a gale. We see her sense of humour in several of her poems while some others give glimpses right into her heart.
Irene Howat is a biographer and poet who learned to read and write before going to school and has never stopped learning. She is a past winner of the McCash Prize, the Robert McLellan Tassie and the Hugh MacDiarmid Tassie.
“I came away from Irene Howat’s Ayrshire the richer, though the riches were not as the world considers them: they were instead scents and sounds and sights. Such riches are carried away in the heart.”