Lennoxtown poet publishes limited edition volume for Christmas

Tam Craven with his latest book of poetry
Tam Craven with his latest book of poetry

A local bard has combined several of his most popular collections of poetry into a sumptious hardback book.

Tam Craven, from Lennoxtown, has written more than 30 books of verse and his latest publication ‘Rabbie & Luath’ is arguably his most ambitious venture to date.

It brings together some of his most personal work, centred around his love of Robert Burns - Luath was the name of Burns’ dog.

Much of the verse is inspired by his own family, as well as the time when two boys brought a stray dog to Tam’s front door.

The poems were originally published separately in the ‘Luath Trilogy’, comprising ‘Luath, Clarinda and the Beautiful Boy’, ‘Luath, Clarinda and the Bonnie Purple Heather’ and ‘Luath, Clarinda and the Redwood Tree’.

But they have now been combined in one limited edition hardback, which is available from this Friday (December 18).

It’s just the latest chapter in an amazing story, which started when Tam fell 22 feet from a scaffold in Campsie Glen while working as a bricklayer.

The accident, in June 1987, saw him suffer a fractured skull and knee, broken ribs and a punctured lung.

He was forced to give up work but credits the fall with “unlocking” the poetry in his brain, and he has been writing verse ever since.

Tam will be at the Candleriggs Market, in Glasgow, from this Friday (December 18) until Christmas Eve selling a selection of his books.

For more about Tam’s poetry, including how to buy his books, go to www.insideasnowdrop.com