The magic of a ‘Well Versed’ book

The launch of Well Versed at the Mission.
The launch of Well Versed at the Mission.

The RNMDSF in Peterhead was the venue for the large crowd that gathered to launch ‘Well Versed’, a book of poems written by the late George Duthie formerly of Peterhead

George passed away 12 months ago and this passage from the book assures us that George in his retirement took time to reflect not only on his many overseas journeys but also on his earlier life in Peterhead

The launch of Well Versed at the Mission.

The launch of Well Versed at the Mission.

“In the evening of life I sometimes look back with quiet pleasure at events long past. Memory somehow presents these in soft, warm colours, episodes that comfort me still.

“Tales of Scotland, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Vietnam and other places: these return more easily to me, rather than more familiar things.

“For a moment my pen feels alive and vibrant once more as incidents come flooding back and briefly restore the pleasures of earlier times.

“ Poetry then becomes the vehicle which carries these tales on happy feet and brings with it its own sweet reward. Poetry is a blessed thing.”

The launch of Well Versed at the Mission.

The launch of Well Versed at the Mission.

The many tributes from both sides of the Atlantic provide an adequate introduction to this wonderful collection of poetic works - Jane Milne’s tribute spoken from the heart summed up the happy mood of those gathered:

“Every time I think of George Duthie or hear his name a smile comes over my face.”

A friend from Brechin, where the book was printed, who didn’t know George telephoned after reading the book to say: “It isn’t often that one can pick up a book of poems and not want to put it down - it was magic!”

The first print run has sold out and anyone wishing to add their names to the already growing orders for the second print run can do so by calling Mary Yule on (01779) 475387