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In Praise of Carl MacDougall: The SWH! Podcast Talks To David Manderson & Ricky Monahan Brown...

David Manderson/Ricky Monahan Brown/Carl MacDougall

For the latest Scots Whay Hae! podcast Ali spoke to writers David Manderson and Ricky Monahan Brown to talk about the late, great, Carl MacDougall and his wonderful memoir Already, Too Late: A Boyhood Memoir (published by Luath Press).

Both men talk about their relationship, and friendship, with Carl, and how he had inspired, supported, and encouraged not just them but most people he met, before setting out just a few of his achievements as a writer, educator, journalist, critic, television presenter, president of Scottish PEN, and much more.

The discussion then moves on to the memoir itself, Already, Too Late: A Boyhood Memoir, (which is an exemplary example of the form) and how it explains and gives clues to the man Carl MacDougall would become. It was a joyous conversation to be a part of, one which celebrated and remembered a man who was central to Scottish literature and culture more widely.

If you knew Carl and his incredible work then we hope you can enjoy these stories and memories, and ponder your own. If you aren't yet familiar then we hope this will inspire you to investigate for yourselves.

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