SAMS Events

Ocean Poetry Book Launch of “Briny” with Mandy Haggith

SAMS Event

Monday 13th March

4.30pm to 5.30pm

Ocean Explorer Centre at SAMS

Free Entry, no booking required, refreshments


Join us at our Ocean Explorer Centre at SAMS, Oban for the launch of “Briny”, the latest collection of poems from Mandy Haggith which reflects her passion for the sea, whether lapping the shores of the northwest Highlands where she lives or afloat on the wild waters of the Minch. The poems throng with sealife, from barnacles to bow head whales, charting sailing passages and swims, drawing deeply on intimate lived experience of the marine world. A sharp, clear lyrical voice sings here with seabirds and seals. 

‘The intimate informality of her address to this, her deepest, most beloved subject, from the smallest, most particular aspect to the widest sweep of it, and the sensuous precision of her always accessible language coupled with an often MacCaig-like wit, make for a collection as salty and bracing as the sea itself.’ —Liz Lochhead

Mandy Haggith lives in Assynt and teaches Literature and Creative Writing at the University of the Highlands and Islands. Her previous

publications include five poetry collections, a poetry anthology, a non-fiction book and five novels. She has been poet in residence at the Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh and Inverewe Garden, Wester Ross, and her first novel won the Robin Jenkins Literary Award for Environmental Writing. She is a RYA-qualified yacht skipper.