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Poet's childhood memories of Ayrshire village brought to life in new collection of works

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Ayrshire poet will soon realise a lifelong dream — when her works are published in a new book. At the age of 86, Josie Neill has been described as one of Scotland’s “most neglected” poets.However, Josie will finally see her first full collection of work published — in a book entitled ‘There’s Ma Mammy Wavin.’ In the book Josie recalls her idyllic childhood in the village of Muirkirk.

And although she’s lived in Dumfries for many years, it’s the Ayrshire village that has inspired her to put her poems to paper.

Mostly writing in Scots, she recalls people and events from the 1940s and 50s, including wartime refugees arriving and local miners, skin deeply ingrained with coal dust, heading home to wash and eat after shifts down the pit.The.

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