New book about Angus poet

Former Montrose Academy pupil Aimee Chalmers has written a book about Angus poet Marion Angus.
Former Montrose Academy pupil Aimee Chalmers has written a book about Angus poet Marion Angus.

A new book about one of the Angus poets has been written by a former Montrose Academy pupil.

‘Blackthorn’ tells the life of Arbroath poet Marion Angus who became homeless after her sister was admitted to hospital, and has been written by Aimee Chalmers.

The Arbroath poet is considered to be one of the Angus poets along with Violet Jacob, from the House of Dun, and Helen Cruickshank, from Hillside.

Aimee said: “People had an idea of Marion Angus as an elderly spinster but I know from reading her diaries she had passions. She had lots of interests and was active and involved in them. She loved sport, including football and golf and hill walking.

“From early diaries written by Marion Angus, it’s obvious that, in her youth, she was vivacious, challenging, and witty.”

She added: “Too often women’s achievements are downplayed.”

Aimee said she fell in love with Marion Angus when was she was at university. “A book of her poems literally fell at my feet in a library when I was at university, so I took it out. I felt a connection with her. There was a mystery about her work and I wanted to find out what happened to her,” she said.

The book is a fictional biography and is a mixture of facts from Aimee’s research along with fictional incidents she has written to “fill in the blanks”.

She said: “Some strange things happened when I was writing ‘Blackthorn’. I had an idea that Marion and her sister would fall in love with the same man. When I did some research, I found out that two of her sisters fell in love with the same man.”

Blackthorn’ is the second book Aimee has written about Marion Angus. In 2006, she published ‘The Singing Lass’, a selection of the poet’s works.

She concluded: “I think I’ve got Marion Angus out of my system now.”

‘Blackthorn’ is available from Henry Hogg booksellers on the High Street for £9.99.