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Fri 14 Dec 2012

'Can I Scan?' by Colin McAllister

St Andrews poet Colin McAllister is hoping to reach a wide audience with the publication of his second anthology, Can I Scan?

‘Most of these poems are one-tenth inspiration and nine-tenths perspiration,’ Colin explains. ‘Some appeared out of nowhere and almost wrote themselves but I’m hoping people will enjoy them for what they are – mostly just pieces of fun!’

The poems, which he describes as “a miscellany of musings”, cover many of his favourite hobbies – Scottish history, golf and a fine malt whisky – while also delving into politics and economics. The Euro in particular receives a lot of attention.

‘I remember from my schooldays that William Wordsworth said that poetry is “emotion recollected in tranquillity”,’ he adds. ‘I find, after the event, that each poem is about something or someone that I care about deeply, even at the subconscious level. My poem The Ideas Factory expresses this idea.’

Colin McAllister was born in 1942 in Sao Paulo, Brazil but has lived in St Andrews since 1955. He was educated at the Abbey School, Fort Augustus and at St Andrews University, where he graduated with an MA Honours degree in Political Economy and Geography.

For 28 years he taught economics and related subjects at Dundee College. Well-known in the area, he was Captain of the New Golf Club of St Andrews in 1999 and president of St Andrews Burns Club from 2005 to 2007.

Golf is his main hobby, but other interests include Scottish history, the Gaelic language, economics and politics, good wine and malt whisky, and foreign travel.
His first collection of poems But Does It Scan? was published in 2008. This second volume takes his poetry to a new level.