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Saga: the magazine of Eastbank Hospital. No.1, Summer 1953.

Author
Title Saga: the magazine of Eastbank Hospital. No.1, Summer 1953.
Imprint [Kirkwall: Eastbank Hospital]
Date of Publication 1953
Language English
Notes George Mackay Brown was the editor of this short-lived periodical published by and for the patients and staff of Eastbank Hospital in Kirkwall. A total of 5 issues were published during 1953 and 1954 and Brown contributed 23 of the 58 pieces including poetry, prose and editorials. Brown was in Eastbank being treated for tuberculosis. The title of the magazine was suggested as he said in his editorial by 'the long and bitter struggle of men' against TB. He had previously been hospitalized as a result of TB in 1940. At the time of this spell at Eastbank Brown was teaching at Newbattle Abbey College, near Dalkeith, Midlothian. His time there, where fellow Orcadian, Edwin Muir was the warden, gave Brown 'a sense of purpose and direction'. This cover illustration drawn by Ernest Marwick shows the view of Kirkwall from the hospital verandah. It is unlikely that many copies of this home-produced magazine have survived and this is therefore a very welcome edition to the Library's holdings of material by George Mackay Brown.
Shelfmark FB.m.830
Reference Sources Royle, Trevor. The Mainstream companion to Scottish literature. (Edinburgh, 1993)
Acquired on 08/12/08
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