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Two obscure Scottish poets do each other no good at all

By Alasdair Gray   May 2003

Long ago a college of further education paid me to help folk write poems, stories and other things that bring nobody a steady wage. I had applied for the job because I was in debt and needed a steady wage. The college also provided an office, desk, two chairs and a flow of hopeful writers who met me one at a time. I must have talked to nearly a hundred of them while the job lasted but can now only remember:

A shy housewife writing a novel about being the mistress of a South American dictator.

An engineering lecturer writing…

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