Mearns Writers

Mearns Writers


Mair Northren Nummers

Mair Northren Nummers
Mair Northren Nummers

"A vivacious collection of poems"Kathleen Jamie, Scotland's Makar

Back to the Future

Northern Numbers - a Centenary

 A celebration of new writing in Doric Scots is being launched to mark the centenary of a Scottish literary revolution.

 A century ago Hugh MacDiarmid's Northern Numbers was responsible for reinvigorating the use of Scots in poetry. Now Stonehaven based Mearns Writers have published Mair Northren Nummers, an illustrated anthology of poems in the North East's mother tongue.

 The collection, which has an introduction by renowned novelist James Robertson, will be launched  at this year's Wee Gaitherin Poetry Festival in Stonehaven.

 'A puckle o Mearns Writers heard James Robertson on the centenary of MacDiarmid in Montrose,` said Dr Nicola Furrie of the Mearns Writers Pamphlet Collective. `Inspired by his research, and in particular the series of pamphlets, Northern Numbers, we thought to echo their grand poetic voices 100 years on. We challenged our members and are now thrilled to share the results of their collective screivin n pintin with a new 21st Century audience.'

 The new writing has won praise from Scotland's Makar: `What a vivacious collection of poems is here, from poets whose concerns are by turns affectionate, serious and heartfelt.` said Kathleen Jamie. `A sma biuk with a whole lot of soul.`

 Hugh MacDiarmid's grandson Christopher Grieve has warmly welcomed the new pamphlet:

'Mair Northren Nummers is a wonderful centenary treat!` Mr Grieve said. `How apposite that this new volume should come out of the Mearns, where my grandfather adopted his nom de guerre Hugh MacDiarmid. I am sure my grandfather would be thrilled to know that his work still inspires today.’

 The project was sponsored by The Doric Board, Round Table Stonehaven and District and Aberdeenshire Council.

 Mearns Writers will perform their poems on Thursday 10th August at Number 44, Allardice Street, Stonehaven, from 9pm as part of the Wee Gaitherin. The two day festival features free readings and workshops and attracts poets from around Scotland writing in Scots, Doric and Gaelic.

 To buy Mair Northren Nummers contact contact Gloria on Pamphlets cost £5.00 each.

 Mearns Writers has over forty members living in and around Stonehaven and Inverbervie. The group was originally set up to promote and enhance creativity and mental wellbeing. It produces a wide range of writing, including songs, plays and essays. There are several published and award winning authors among Mearns Writers' membership.

Buy a copy 

The pamphlets cost £5.00 each.

If you want to buy a copy contact Gloria on

Alexander Inglis Mearns Writers
Cookie settings
This site uses cookies to offer you a better browsing experience.
You can accept them all, or choose the kinds of cookies you are happy to allow.
Privacy settings
Choose which cookies you wish to allow while you browse this website. Please note that some cookies cannot be turned off, because without them the website would not function.
To prevent spam this site uses Google Recaptcha in its contact forms.

This site may also use cookies for ecommerce and payment systems which are essential for the website to function properly.
Google Services
This site uses cookies from Google to access data such as the pages you visit and your IP address. Google services on this website may include:

- Google Analytics
- Google Ads conversion tracking
- Google Maps
Data Driven
This site may use AddThis:
- AddThis is a social widget which collects and shares user behavior with third parties.