Dr Scott Lyall was an invited guest speaker on Times Radio Breakfast Show, interviewed by Stig Abell, to discuss the Scottish poet Hugh MacDiarmid on the anniversary of his birth.
Born in Langholm on 11 August 1892, C.M. Grieve ('Hugh MacDiarmid') became the foremost poet in the Scottish tradition, helping to found the National Party of Scotland and reviving the Scots language.
Dr Lyall is a leading expert on MacDiarmid's work, having published two books and countless articles on the poet.
In his conversation with Stig Abell, Dr Lyall explained MacDiarmid's importance to the Scots tradition, as well as to international Modernism, and the poet's continuing importance to our understanding of the nation's political culture.
11 August 2020