VIOLET JACOB’S VOICES OF ANGUS
> Written & Adapted by Rose MacLennan Craig
Violet Jacob is one Scotland’s legendary literary figures—a bold and feisty traveller, painter, novelist and poet. In 2006 she was voted runner-up for Scotland’s best vernacular poet. She lived and worked in the early twentieth century and died in Angus in 1946. To mark the 60th anniversary of her death, Celtic Circle presented a programme of poems, songs and dramatisations of her work at the House of Dun, near Montrose, where she was born and is buried.
This was a memorable evening, a tribute made up of sketches from her short stories, dramatisations of scenes from her life, readings of her poems, and songs sung by the well-known folk singer Jim Reid—all combining to present an experience of Violet Jacob as a person together with her diverse talents. It was a fascinating insight into her life, her love of Angus and of the old Doric Scots tongue.