George Mackay Brown


Born
in Stromness, Orkney, Scotland
October 17, 1921

Died
April 13, 1996

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George Mackay Brown, the poet, novelist and dramatist, spent his life living in and documenting the Orkney Isles.

A bout of severe measles at the age of 12 became the basis for recurring health problems throughout his life. Uncertain as to his future, he remained in education until 1940, a year which brought with it a growing reality of the war, and the unexpected death of his father. The following year he was diagnosed with (then incurable) Pulmonary Tuberculosis and spent six months in hospital in Kirkwall, Orkney's main town.

Around this time, he began writing poetry, and also prose for the Orkney Herald for which he became Stromness Correspondent, reporting events such as the switching on of the electricity grid in 1947. In 1950 he met t
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“We never find what we set out hearts on. We ought to be glad of that.”
George Mackay Brown, Beside the Ocean of Time

“The imagination is not an escape, but a return to the richness of our true selves; a return to reality.”
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“Old wisdom out of the cluster of gathering shadows.”
George Mackay Brown, Time in a Red Coat

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