Poetry Book

Colours of an Island
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This is a collection of poetry written by Mary McCormack. My Mother loved poetry; she taught History and English at The Nicolson Institute from the late seventies until 1995, where she and her sisters, my Dad and his brothers, and I also studied.

As a pupil at The Nicolson Institute, she was Captain of Gibson House and excelled at netball and hockey. She was a leading light in the Literary and Debating Society. She studied for an MA at Aberdeen University, qualifying to teach both History and English. She joined The Nicolson Institute in 1976 as a History teacher, and in 1978, she transferred to the English Department.

She loved poetry and wrote many poems herself. She taught the poetry of many First World War poets, Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves, and Wilfred Owen, combining her knowledge of history and English. She loved the works of Dylan Thomas, Laurie Lee, Sean O’Casey, and William Shakespeare and loved teaching their plays; former pupils still often comment on how much they gained from her classes.

The book Colours of an Island is a selection of her poetry selected by my Dad, Angus McCormack.

All proceeds from the sale of this book go to the Hebridean Men's Cancer Support Group.

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