This photograph is part of a series commissioned by Glasgow’s Third Eye Centre to accompany an exhibition of paintings and drawings of Scottish poets by Alexander Moffat. Seven photographs from the series were selected to be exhibited alongside Moffat’s portraits. The photographs were all taken in 1980 with the exception of this work, which shows Christopher Murray Grieve (Hugh MacDiarmid) shortly before his death in 1978. Grieve was one of the most important literary figures of twentieth-century Scotland and is now recognised as the principal force of the Scottish Literary Renaissance. Here, he almost disappears amongst the shelves of books and piles of paper, a testimony to his creative genius.