Holding poems by Maggie Rabatski

Val Penny's Book Reviews

Maggie Rabatski is a truly gifted poet.  She has been nominated for the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust 2011 Book Awards for her first anthology ‘Down from the Dance’ (“an Deidh an Dannsa”).  There are many elements that go to make Maggie’s rich and diverse poetry.  She hales from the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland but has lived in Glasgow, Scotland for 18 years.  Maggie came to my notice a couple of years ago when she attended the poetry group in the village.   The group is run by my friend Ruth Grant and I was devastated when, due to illness, I was unable to attend the readings from Maggie’s most recent anthology “Holding”.  Imagine how thrilled I was when Ruth got a  copy of this for me!


Maggie brings much of the Gaelic language’s subtly compelling rhythms even to her English verses.  This, combined with…

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