Richie McCaffery

Richie McCaffery hails from Warkworth, Northumberland, and until recently lived in Ghent in Belgium. He has a PhD in Scottish literature from the University of Glasgow, where he was a Carnegie Trust Caledonian scholar. He is the author of two full collections, Cairn (2014) and Passport (2018), both from Nine Arches Press. He has also published a pamphlet collection entitled Spinning Plates (HappenStance Press, 2012). In 2015 he edited and introduced Finishing the Picture: Collected Poems of Ian Abbot and in 2018 he researched and edited The Tiny Talent: Selected Poems by Joan Ure (Brae Editions, Orkney). He is busy working on a volume of essays on the Scottish poet Sydney Goodsir Smith, for publication by Brill.

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Photo: Gerry Cambridge

Events

Border Crossings »

Reading: Richie McCaffery, Josep Pedrals

Thu 7 March | 14:15 - 15:15 | £4.50/£3.50 | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Supper Room

Poem

Left hand drive

Saw his old car yesterday
parked on the Dampoortstraat.

Not his exactly, but the same 
colour, model and year. 

Wanted so badly for him
to live again and this to be

his car to pick me up in
from school and its bullies.

The car was empty and when
I looked in, the steering wheel

was set where I used to sit
as if I’m now expected to drive.

 

Richie McCaffery

From Passport (Nine Arches Press, 2018)