The Prisoner and the Poet

Filed under: Media,Web Links; in the year 2019, on the 2nd day of March at 11:22 am

Today’s Courier contains an extraordinary story about an effort to produce a statue of McGonagall. Convicted murderer and “Scotland’s most violent man” Jimmy Boyle was given the commission in 1979, after having discovered a talent for sculpture on a prison art therapy programme. Perhaps fittingly, the whole process ended in failure, despite two large chunks of sandstone being delivered to Barlinnie jail.