Alec Finlay

Alec Finlay (Scotland, 1966) is a poet and artist whose work crosses over a range of media and forms. Finlay established morning star publications in 1990. His recent publications include a far-off land (2018), gathering (2018), th' fleety wud (2017) minnmouth (2017), A Variety of Cultures (2016), ebban an’ flowan (2015) and Global Oracle (2014).

Photo: Tom Mannion


Five O’Clock Verses »

Reading: Alec Finlay, Charlotte Van den Broeck

Thu 5 March | 17:00 - 18:00 | £6.50/£5.00 | Parliament Hall, South Street

walk-poems »

Take one of Alec Finlay’s poetic walking sticks for a stroll around town—free against a refundable deposit

Thu 5 March - Sun 8 March | 10:00 - 20:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Festival Desk

poem-labels »

An offering of poems on bottles and plants, by Alec Finlay

Thu 5 March - Sun 8 March | 11:00 - 17:00 | FREE | Preservation Trust Museum, North Street, The Old Chemist’s Shop

A Minor Walk »

A gentle walk interspersed with poetry, led by Alec Finlay

Fri 6 March | 13:15 - 13:45 | FREE | Preservation Trust Museum, North Street, Garden


what love could learn from such a sight

that first day
   on the sunshine beach
      let’s get wed set

us careening in
   rings   laughing   yes
      yes      then we leaned

back on a sea-
   rock and marked
      an old couple

doddle down   each
   of his imperturbable
      swim-strokes met

by her patient red
   towel rolled and
      tucked safe 

under a crooked arm
   we watched her
      watching him

reading the day’s
   lesson in the labour
      of waiting that was

supposed to come
   I couldn’t want for
      anything more

than their shared time
   which this past
      year’s undone

Kinghorn, 22.IX.17, 15.X.19

Alec Finlay