Margaret Tait

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Margaret Tait
Born(1918-11-11)11 November 1918
Died16 April 1999(1999-04-16) (aged 80)
Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland
Alma mater
OccupationFilmmaker, poet

Margaret Caroline Tait (11 November 1918 – 16 April 1999) was a Scottish filmmaker and poet.

Life[edit]

Tait was born and raised in Kirkwall, in the Orkney Islands in the north of Scotland, before being sent to school in Edinburgh,[1] she died in Kirkwall in 1999.

Education[edit]

Tait attended the University of Edinburgh, gaining qualifications in Medicine (1941). Between 1943 and 1946 she served in the Royal Army Medical Corps, stationed in India, Sri Lanka and Malaya,[1] she subsequently moved to Rome to study filmmaking at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (1950–1952).[2]

Career[edit]

After studying in Italy, Tait returned to Scotland and founded Ancona Films, named after the street where she had lodged while studying in Rome.[3] On her move back to Orkney in the 1960s, Tait continued to make films and took inspiration from the landscape and culture of Orkney.

In 50s and 60s' Edinburgh she was close to, though not a member of, the Rose Street Poets, which included such figures as Hugh MacDiarmid, Sorley Maclean and Norman MacCaig.[4]

Tait made 32 short films and one full-length feature, Blue Black Permanent. In addition, Tait wrote prose and poetry, and published three poetry books - origins and elements, The Hen and the Bees, and Subjects and Sequences.

An annual Margaret Tait Award was established in 2010 in conjunction with Glasgow Film Festival.[5]

Filmography[edit]

  • One Is One (1951)
  • Three Portrait Sketches (1951)
  • The Lion, The Griffin And The Kangaroo (1952)
  • Happy Bees (1955)
  • Orquil Burn (1955)
  • A Portrait of Ga (1955)
  • The Leaden Echo And The Golden Echo (1955)
  • Calypso (1956)
  • The Drift Back (1956)
  • Rose Street (1956)
  • Where I Am Is Here (1964)
  • Palindrome (1964)
  • Hugh Macdiarmid : A Portrait (1964)
  • The Big Sheep (1966)
  • Splashing (1966)
  • A Pleasant Place (1969)
  • He's Back (The Return) (1970)
  • John MacFadyen (The Stripes In The Tartan) (1970)
  • Painted Eightsome (1970)
  • On The Mountain (1974)
  • Colour Poems (1974)
  • Aerial (1974)
  • These Walls (1974)
  • Tailpiece (1976)
  • Place Of Work (1976)
  • Aspects Of Kirkwall : Shape Of A Town (1977)
  • Aspects Of Kirkwall : Occasions (1977)
  • Aspects Of Kirkwall : The Ba, Over The Years (1981)
  • Aspects Of Kirkwall : The Look Of The Place (1981)
  • Aspects Of Kirkwall : Some Changes (1981)
  • Landmakar (1981)
  • Blue Black Permanent (1992) (Feature)
  • Garden Pieces (1998)

Bibliography[edit]

  • The Grassy Stories: Short Stories from Children (Edinburgh: M.C. Tait, 1959)
  • Lane Furniture: A Book of Stories (Edinburgh: M.C. Tait, 1959)
  • origins and elements (Edinburgh: M.C. Tait, 1959)
  • The Hen and the Bees: Legends and Lyrics (Edinburgh: M.C. Tait, 1960)
  • Subjects and Sequences (Edinburgh: M.C. Tait, 1960)
  • Poems, Stories and Writings, edited by Sarah Neely (Manchester: Carcanet Press, 2012)
  • Subjects and Sequences: A Margaret Tait Reader, edited by Peter Todd and Benjamin Cook (London: LUX, 2004)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Margaret Tait (1918 - 1999)". Scottish Poetry Library. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  2. ^ Bell, Gavin (27 September 2000). "A reel visionary". The Scotsman. Archived from the original on 25 August 2018. Retrieved 25 August 2018 – via Highbeam.
  3. ^ Stevenson, Gerda (18 May 1999). "Margaret Tait". Glasgow Herald. Archived from the original on 25 August 2018. Retrieved 25 August 2018 – via Highbeam.
  4. ^ Nick Roddick, pp. 54, Sight & Sound June 2015 Volume 25 Issue 6
  5. ^ "Margaret Tait Award". Glasgow Film Festival. Retrieved 25 August 2018.

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