Referendum gift – Hugh MacDiarmid: A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle

Something to for all Scots listen to before you vote on September 18

Edward Gage: Hugh MacDiarmid: Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle (illustration for The Radio Times) ©The Estate of the Artist

Part One

For some reason the opening line has been truncated in the audio. The poem begins:

I amma fou sae muckle as tired deid dune
It’s gey and hard wark coupin gless for gless
Wi Cruvie and Gilsanquar and the like,
And I’m no juist as bauld as aince I wes.

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

Complete text can be read at
See also In Memoriam Hugh MacDiarmid and Twa or three thochts on the unco muckle vote o September aichteent


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