JUNE: Read neil munro
Another underappreciated ‘unco’ Scots writer – contemporary of Crockett and Barrie – but with a west coast/Glasgow twist.
Journalism was also his key to success. His work was serialised in Blackwoods and he wrote for the Glasgow Evening News.
He is perhaps best known today for the Para Handy stories but
there’s a serious side to him too. With novels such as ‘Gilian the Dreamer’, ‘John Splendid’ and ‘The New Road’ there is plenty to explore.
The Neil Munro Society founded in 1996, appears to finally have bitten the dust and following the brief interest in Munro from the televising of Parahandy, he appears to be even less in evidence than Crockett or Barrie, which is a shame but perhaps speaks to the partisanship of current literary 'curators'. You can check out some information on him from BBC HERE or Scots Poetry Library HERE
(Caution should be taken on the BBC Writing Scotland pages as they are inaccurate in several key points re Barrie and Crockett doesn't even get a mention at all. )