Temples Fae Creels



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McNeil's poems open in Anstruther and move outwards, from childhood to adulthood, from local to universal themes, exploring questions of culture, language, community and inheritance.

Andrew McNeil's work has been published widely in literary magazines, including Chapman, Fife Fringe, Lallans, Skinklin Star, Poetry Scotland and NorthWords. He is a primary teacher in Burntisland and lives with his family in Dunfermline.


"In Temples Fae Creels the metaphysical meets the colloquial in what could almost be subtitled a Miracle fae the East Neuk. The marriage of Andrew McNeil's Fife dialect and his elegiac, compassionate pictures of the fishing communities are an outstanding success. His language is spare and clipped - you can feel the nip of the wind and the salt." - [Scottish Book Collector]

"Andrew McNeil's poems have the comfortable feel of returning home after a long day's slog to slip into a warm bath with a whisky. His Scots is simple but resonant... He roams Fife catching glimpses of beauty in outdoor swimming pools, wedding scrambles, and children on the beach . . . An invigorating read" - [Chapman]