The Propriety of Weeding
Published by Red Squirrel Press
Colin Will’s experience and knowledge of gardens and plants is one of the threads running through this second collection from Red Squirrel Press. Yet the poems range widely in subject and treatment: from landscapes and world travels to family history and childhood memories of his teacher, Norman MacCaig. The title comes from the name of the gardener’s lodge in the Summer Palace, Beijing, which the author visited in 2007.
Colin Will was born in Edinburgh in 1942, and had a distinguished career in science librarianship, IT, and senior management in geological and botanical institutions. He has had long-term involvements with the Scottish Poetry Library and StAnza. In 2008 and 2009 he was the Scottish Poetry Library’s Poet Partner to Moray, and he is also the webmaster for Poetry Scotland. He runs the pamphlet publisher Calder Wood Press. His previous collections include Thirteen Ways of Looking At the Highlands, Seven Senses and Sushi & Chips (2006), and The Floorshow at the Mad Yak Café (Red Squirrel Press, 2010). In 2011 he was elected Makar to the Federation of Writers (Scotland). He lives in Dunbar.