Scottish poet David Betteridge


This video is about the Glasgow peace march against the Iraq war – 15/02/2003.

From British daily The Morning Star:

My beloved city

(Tuesday 03 June 2008)

Interview with David Betteridge

DAVID BETTERIDGE talks about his first book of poetry, an eclectic celebration of Glasgow’s wide-ranging radical artistic and political traditions.

Poet David Betteridge has worked as a teacher and teacher trainer in Scotland, England, Norway, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Pakistan and Nepal.

He was, until recently, head of a primary school in Glasgow. He has co-authored several books for the classroom, but Granny Albyn’s Complaint is his first book of poetry.

It is a love letter to the city where he has spent the best part of his life. Lyrical, narrative, satiric and reflective, the book celebrates Glasgow’s radical political and artistic traditions, in despair and hope, struggle and advance, continuity and loss.

At the heart of Granny Albyn’s Complaint are two long poems celebrating the “fair field full of folk” that gathers on Glasgow Green to celebrate May Day.

On every side are Chartists and Suffragettes, trades unionists and communists, tourists and film crews, artists and asylum-seekers, the homesick and the homeless.

Helen Crawfurd and John Maclean are there, so are Edwin Muir, Ronald Stevenson and Edwin Morgan, Rosa Luxemburg, Paul Robeson and Nelson Mandela, Matt McGinn and St Mungo, a chorus of voices coming together in dialogue and potential unity in the “dear green place” that is – or might be – Glasgow.

As the title suggests, the book looks back to the Scottish polemical tradition of the “complaynt,” most famously the 15th [sic; 16th] century Complaynt of Scotland.

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