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MacDiarmid, Hugh

Entry updated 23 May 2022. Tagged: Author.

Pseudonym of Scottish journalist, editor and author Christopher Murray Grieve (1892-1978), some of whose vast oeuvre contains poems – usually Satirical from a standpoint of radical Scottish nationalism – that use devices common to Fantastika to make their points. Sf is found less often, though it is sharply put, as in "The Bonnie Broukit Bairn", in Sangschaw (coll 1925 chap), where an awakened Earth is seen as capable of destroying the whole Solar System, here described as a clanjamfrie, Scots for jumble or chaos. MacDiarmid's advocacy of Harry Martinson's Aniara (1956), which he co-translated, helped bring it to wide attention. His fiction was infrequent, though he published several tales of horror for John Gawsworth's New Tales of Horror by Eminent Authors (anth 1934). [JC]

Christopher Murray Grieve

born Langholm, Dumfriesshire, Scotland: 11 August 1892

died Edinburgh, Scotland: 9 September 1978

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