GEORGE MACKAY BROWN website
Essays on GMB and his work
Was Made To Be Spoke:
The following snippets cannot do justice
to the essay which explores –
through the unlikely but interesting comparison of the work of Glyn
Wright and GMB - the deeper meaning and responsibility of 'naming' in
At Burnmouth the door hangs from a broken hinge
It is true too that Mackay Brown enjoyed praising better than denigrating, though he did both when necessary, and this willingness to praise made him seem, especially to critics in love with irony and invective, not sharp or modern enough, less than cutting-edge.
.... the awesome power and responsibility of naming, of being able to name, of having a voice that can speak and keep names.