Poignant verse from village poet

Tam with his new book
Tam with his new book

Lennoxtown bard Tam Craven is preparing to publish his 36th book of poetry, dedicated to his mum and grandmother.

‘The Two Annies’ features a mix of old and new verse, including some of his late mother’s favourites.

Part of the inspiration for the book came from a mysterious incident in 2007 when Tam was doing a book signing at Loch Lomond Shores. He was pproached by a psychic who told him that a lady called Annie was watching over him, along with a man wearing a busby hat and a uniform. Tam later found out that his grandmother’s name was Annie and that her brother, John McGavigan, wore a uniform for his government work - and was also a poet.

Tam will be signing copies of the book at Candleriggs Market on Saturday, September 30, and Sunday, October 1.