Firkin and the Grey Gangsters is a collection of four tales in which animals are the heroes.
Firkin and the Grey Gangsters was in 1936 a metaphor for the fear of takeover by corporate America. In fact, Firkin is a young red squirrel who leads his people in a battle against a horde of grey squirrel invaders from America. Also, Firkin speaks in Scots.
The Sheep who wasn’t a Sheep is about the thoughts going through the head of a sheep, swimming between
one Outer Isle and the other, whereas The White Drake is a farmyard drake in Perthshire learning about flying.
About the Author
‘… your mortal tongue
used for immortal use
the grace of a woman young
the air of an early muse
the wealth of a chambered brow and soaring flight of your eyes these are no longer now
death has a princely prize…’
– Edwin Muir in To Ann Scott-Moncrieff
Ann Scott-Moncrieff was born in Orkney in 1910 and died in Nairn in 1943. During her short life, she was a journalist, writer, and poet who was immortalized by Edwin Muir in his poem ‘To Ann’. This is a republication for school-age children of a neglected, talented Scottish female writer of the 1930s. Scotland Street Press has also published Auntie Robbo and Aboard the Bulger.
Jean Findlay, head of publishing and Ann Scott-Moncrieff’s granddaughter collaborated with the George Mackay Brown Fellowship for an event that will be available to watch on YouTube. Link to come.