Margaret Tait (1918-1999) was an Orcadian poet and filmmaker for whom words and images made the world real. If film, for Tait, was a poetic medium, her poems are works of craft and observation that are generous and independent in their vision of the world, poems that make seeing happen.
Please join us for a special evening celebrating the life and work of Margaret Tait. Sarah Neely (University of Stirling) will present a series of fragments from Tait’s archive, exploring the late filmmaker’s practice. Laura Edbrook (Glasgow School of Art) will present 'It is this it is this, it is this', a performative video-essay (co-written with Sarah Forrest and commissioned by MAP as part of the Footnoting the Archive season) on the manner of 'distance from' and 'closeness to' in the work and life of Tait. Finally, there will be a screening of the filmpoem 'West of Dalabrog' by Susannah Ramsay (University of Stirling).
Margaret Tait's filmpoem ‘Where I Am Is Here' is part of the exhibition Palimpsest, curated by nick-e melville and Lila Matsumoto. This free exhibition, which is part of the Outside-In/ Inside-Out Poetry Festival, runs until 13th November; opening times are Thursdays-Saturdays 12-5pm. More information can be found on the Festival website here.