‘Gertrude Stein was her own baby. And so am I. If you are nice to me, I’ll be quite good. Nice means giving into me. Don’t be alarmed. My demands will be reasonable, in a baby sort of way. The main thing is no matter what I do, it must be taken for granted. Then we will be happy.’
This is how the poet Augustus Young was proposed to by his wife-to-be, Margaret McKinnon Morrison. It was, as Young says, “a marriage with a difference.” She was a red-headed Scottish Presbyterian with a Ph.D (and three Masters) who never called herself Doctor and rode a huge motorbike
In 2012, after forty years of marriage, Margaret died in the south of France in the town of Port Vendres where she had set up the Charles Rennie MacIntosh Association. M.emoire is the story of their time together.
Augustus Young was born in Cork, Ireland. He has numerous volumes of poetry and prose to his name and regularly features in periodicals and anthologies.