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Margaret Tait (1918 - 1999)

Margater Tait
Books by this author: Poems, Stories and Writings
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  • Margaret Tait was born in Orkney in 1918. After qualifying in Medicine from Edinburgh University in 1941, she joined the Royal Army Medical Corps, serving in India, Sri Lanka and Malaya, before returning to Orkney in 1946. She studied filmmaking in Rome from 1950-52, at the height of Neorealism. Returning to the UK, Tait established her own film company, Ancona films, working first in Edinburgh before returning to her native Orkney where she continued to make films until her death in 1999.
    Praise for Margaret Tait (1918 - 1999) 'Neely's book is an essential complement for anyone interested in Tait's work. For some people Margaret Tait's poems will be her finest achievement.'
    Michael Romer, University of Edinburgh Journal
    'A writer whose openness of mind, voice and structure all come from the Beats maybe, and Whitman crossed with MacDiarmid, but then cut their own original (and crucially female) path. A remarkable critical forerunner, a unique and underrated filmmaker, there's nobody like her.'
    Ali Smith
    'The best 20th century Scottish female experimental poet and film-maker that we have probably never heard about.'
    The Literateur
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