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David Mackie - Poet

He was born on 18th December 1904 in Edinburgh, Scotland, and was educated there at London Street School and at Broughton School. After graduating from the University of Edinburgh in 1927, he was a schoolmaster for a period, before embarking on a long and distinguished career in journalism. He has worked for several Scottish newspapers: between 1930 and 1935 he was a leader writer for The Scotsman and he edited the Edinburgh Evening Dispatch from 1946 until 1954. Under his pen-name Macnib he has contributed to the press many learned articles on Scotland's cultures and he has also written much on Edinburgh's history and traditions. He was one of the first of the group of poets who took to writing in a revitalized Scots during the period that has come to be known as the Scottish Renaissance, and his Poems in Two Tongues (1928) was particularly admired for his easy and colloquial use of Scots. Mackie also wrote a number of plays for the Edinburgh Gateway Theatre, including The Hogmanay Story, Festival City and MacHattie's Hotel.

Works Include: Poems in Two Tongues (1928); A Call from Warsaw (1944); Sing a Sang o' Scotland (1944); The Hearts (1958); The Book of Macnib (1960); Scottish Pageantry (1967); Donald's Dive (1971); The Scotch Comedians (1973); The Scotch Whisky Drinker's Cornpanion (1973); Talking Glasgow (1978); Speak Scotch or Whistle (1979).

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