A Scent of Water

(Children's Stories)

Nowadays there is a belief that the folk tale is more than an ingenious story displaying simple emotions.

Its apparent naivety, and the often illogical nature of events, can work together to produce a world sharply relevant to our own yet rooted within the created logic of the story itself. The eighteen tales in this book have been written from a variety of sources. Some have grown from an idea or theme in a traditional tale; others are concerned with using conventional elements of the folk tale to create an entirely original piece of writing. Illustrated by Alasdair Gray.

A Cuckoo's Nest

(Children's Stories)

This is a book of folk tales from all over Scotland. There have been many such collections before, but a mass of stories tends to destroy the force and flavour which each individual tale had at its first telling.

Here you will find tales of witches and giants, lairds and princesses, wee folk and magicians, as well as some that take a wry look at today's world. They have been selected from the less well-known stories and ballads in a rich oral tradition that was once the main medium of instruction and entertainment. In A Cuckoo's Nest Carl MacDougall, who for many years studies the arts of folk music and the folk tale, has presented twenty-three stories in a style that brings out the infectious appeal of the spoken word. To read them is to discover why the folk tale is still a living art. Illustrated by Barbara Robertson.

Into A Room: Selected Poems of William Soutar


Edited by Carl MacDougall and Douglas Gifford. During his short life, William Soutar (1898-1943) produced poetry in Scots and English of astonishing range and beauty.

Embodying layers of tradition spanning more than five hundred years, his remarkable poetic voice is intimate, affecting, modern and European. This new selection is a bold development of W.R. Aitken's pioneering work, and points to an entirely new way of reading Soutar's poetry. The editors remove the poems from the poet's own restricting categories, and refrain from imposing an arbitrary alternative. the result is a ground-breaking selection which reveals the true scope and vitality of Soutar's poetry. Into a room illustrates the depth and achievement of one of Scotland's greatest poets, and makes his work available afresh to a wider readership.

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