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Billy Connolly and Aly Bain: Fishing for Poetry

A programme celebrating the centenary of Norman MacCaig's birth. Anecdotes, tributes and readings from friends and fellow poets - including Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney.

One of the greatest poets of his generation, Norman MacCaig (1910-96) was also an expert fly-fisher. His favourite loch, the Loch of the Green Corrie, lies high up in the mountains of Assynt in the far north-west of Scotland.

Fiddle maestro Aly Bain, Billy Connolly and award-winning poet and novelist Andrew Greig celebrate MacCaig in the centenary year of his birth with a journey from Edinburgh to Assynt and then the long climb to the Loch of the Green Corrie with its elusive trout.

Friends and fellow poets - including Jackie Kay, Liz Lochhead, Douglas Dunn and Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney - also feature with anecdotes, tributes and readings of some of MacCaig's finest poems.

1 hour

Last on

Mon 22 Nov 2010 23:00



Role Contributor
Participant Billy Connolly
Participant Aly Bain
Participant Seamus Heaney
Participant Jackie Kay
Participant Liz Lochhead
Producer Douglas Eadie
Director Mike Alexander