Jackie Kemp

A flyte on the neglect of Hugh MacDiarmid

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By Arnold Kemp, the Herald, August 15, 1992

THIS week has seen the hundredth anniversary of the birth of C. M Grieve (Hugh MacDiarmid). The highlight was a BBC Radio Scotland broadcast on Tuesday evening, mostly from the Queen Street studio in Edinburgh before an invited audience but partly from the snug in Milne's Bar.

There was original music, from Ronald Stevenson, Michael Marra and Hue and Cry. Some Day, a short play by MacDiarmid, was performed, together with a new work, Root to a Tree, by Donald Campbell, which explored some of the contradictions in the MacDiarmid tradition. Norman MacCaig and Adam McNaughtan read poetry, MacCaig including his famous recommendation that MacDiarmid's centenary should be marked by a minute's pandemonium.


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Israeli Performers and the Edinburgh festival: A Personal View

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Published in the Scottish Review on 27 August 2014
The censorship 
of artists in 
the festival city
Jackie Kemp. This version has some links inserted.

Jerusalem's Incubator Theatre company

This year's theme for the Edinburgh International Festival – 'War' – was more apposite than planned, disturbed as the city was this summer by the rumble of distant guns.


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A defence of the Red Road flats demolition plan

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Destroying the unwanted flats and using them as a metaphor for change is not a bad message to take from Glasgow’s Games, writes Jackie Kemp

From the Scotsman April 8 (this plan was later abandoned).


THE Red Road flats are coming down – should it be with a bang or a whimper?

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Scottish Universities and the referendum

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Scotland has more top-200 universities than anywhere else in the world
Glasgow University: many of the reservations about independence are based on fears over research funding Photograph: Alamy


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How to heat ourselves and not the spaces we occupy

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From the Scotsman, Dec 13, 2013

Attacking those who dare to suggest alternative ways of affording to heat homes limits the discourse, writes Jackie Kemp

A FAMOUS Punch cartoon shows a stately lady showing a guest to her room. “It’s a little chilly,” she is saying kindly. “So I’ve put another dog on your bed.”

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Does Edinburgh need to sacrifice green belt?

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From the Evening News, Dec 4 2013

Does Edinburgh really need to sacrifice hundreds of acres of green belt to the west of the city for A development to fill a housing shortage as Murray Estates owned by former Rangers chairman Sir David Murray argues?

The site of the old Eastern General is ripe for development. Picture: Jon Savage

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