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Angus Martin

ANGUS MARTIN was born in Campbeltown in 1952. He began writing poetry in his early teens and was often heard reciting his poems in his English class at Campbeltown Grammar School.

Aged 16 he had two poems accepted for the Edinburgh University Press annual anthology, Scottish Poetry and in 1990 his first poetry collection, The Larch Plantation, was published.

He has also written many books on social history, most of them dealing with his native Kintyre and with the fishing industry and in 1981 he published The Ring Net Fishermen which took seven years

to research and write. Another classic and sought after publication of Angus’ is Kintyre, The Hidden Past which explores the darker aspects of the social history of Kintyre from the fifth century.

After leaving school aged 15 and following a family tradition, Angus worked briefly as a herring fisherman.

Angus is the first point of contact for many visitors to the town eager to find out more about their descendants and his tours of Kilkerran Cemetery are legendary.


He is married with three grown-up daughters, and in 2012 retired after 33 years working as a postman. He spends his time writing, walking and cycling around Kintyre, indulging his interests in natural history, history and archaeology. He is Editor and contributor to the Kintyre Magazine which is produced by the Kintyre Antiquarian and Natural History Society and enjoys a good single malt.


The poems used on this recording can be found in the following publications: A Night Of Islands: Selected Poems - Angus Martin, Shoestring Press / /  ISBN-13:978-1910323472

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