George Mackay Brown - SMC019
George Mackay Brown was born in 1921 and died in 1996. He was a poet, playwright and novelist. He has a dedicatory plaque in the presbytery of St Magnus Cathedral.

He spent nearly all his life in the Orkney Islands. He suffered tuberculosis during his 20s and never fully recovered to enjoy good health. Norse history, the sagas, and his conversion to Roman Catholicism can be counted as the greatest inspirations for his work.

His poetry and novels are known world-wide and he published a number of volumes of poetry and novels. He was a regular contributor to 'The Orcadian' newspaper as a columnist and reporter. He also collaborated with the composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.

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