New Writing Scotland 33

2008-03-05 10.13.38 - CopyAn early chapter from my novel Larchfield appears in the latest edition of the excellent  New Writing Scotland, published in July and edited by Gerry Cambridge and Diana Hendry. The chapter follows WH Auden as he makes his journey to Helensburgh in 1930 to begin what will be a formative two years of his life. Still only 24, he had already been engaged to be married, and his first book of poems had been accepted by TS Eliot for publication by Faber and Faber. While teaching at Larchfield school, a crumbling prep school in Helensburgh, he wrote The Orators, his first major work, and fell in love with a local boy.

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