Sarah Neely and Gerda Stevenson on Margaret Tait, chaired by Mitch Miller
Orcadian poet and filmmaker, Margaret Tait (1918–99) was one of Britain’s most unique and individual filmmakers and most under-appreciated poets. Her influences ranged from Federico García Lorca to Emily Dickinson, Morton Feldman and the films of the Italian Neo-Realists. In her new book, Sarah Neely (Senior Lecturer, University of Stirling) reappraises Tait’s poetry and portraits, her sounds and vital place in both Scottish letters and cinematic history.
To celebrate the launch of this publication, Neely will be in conversation with actor/writer/director Gerda Stevenson, who played the character Greta in Tait’s only feature film, Blue Black Permanent (1992). The event will be chaired by Mitch Miller, editor of The Drouth, who has also written on Tait’s films and poetry.
Presented in partnership Glasgow Film Festival.
Image: Margaret Tait on set of Blue Black Permanent, courtesy of Orkney Library and Archive.