Alex Main

George Mackay Brown, 1921 - 1996. Poet

About this artwork

A frail man, George Mackie Brown was born in Stromness, Orkney and he spent most of his life there, his health frequently dogged by attacks of tuberculosis. His earliest published work was verse but he soon revealed a striking talent for short stories and novels, with Stromness often featuring under the Norse name, 'Hamnavoe'. All his writing is permeated by the spirit of the sea, Norse sagas and Orcadian folklore. His conversion to Catholicism in 1961 added another dimension to his work.

Alex Main

Alex Main