First venture into poetry for Girvan man

A Girvan man has made his first venture into the world of poetry with a recently released book.

Sandy McKnight’s “Fruits of the Poem Tree” is a collection of lyrical poems on a wide diverse of subjects including war, nature, clearances, tattoos, school, fishing and places of interest across Galloway.

Of particular interest to Carrick locals will be Sandy’s poem entitled “The Ballad of Sawney Bean”.

The poem, which is written in Sandy’s four line stanza style he uses throughout the book is a rip-roaring rhyme about the legend of Sawney Bean and his alleged acts of cannablism and the brutality he is supposed to have caused throughout the Carrick area.

Sandy now lives in Stranraer and has done so for the past 20 years but he is still a regular visitor to Girvan and his family have been in the area for many years.

It is clear from reading his collection of poems which give many references to places in the area, that Sandy is talented poet with a skill for rhyming that is easy and enjoyable to read.

It is therefore welcome that Sandy tells the Gazette that this is certainly not his last foray into the world of poetry.

In total, there are 50 poems in this work highlighting the effort Sandy has put into his debut book.

The book is priced at £4.95 and is available at the Sweetie Shop in Girvan and also at the Craigiemains Home and Garden Centre in Ballantrae.

Sandy is retired and describes his hobbies as bird watching, African drumming, walking and making walking sticks.