The Cream of the Well

The Cream of the Well


New and Selected Poems

Valerie Gillies

ISBN: 9781910021682

Binding: paperback

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Shortlisted for the Saltire Society Scottish Poetry Book of the Year Award 2015

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A weathered poet with four decades of fieldwork behind her, Valerie Gillies is a true guide to Scotland and beyond, and this collection affirms the companionship of poetry on the journey. The Cream of the Well contains a rich gathering from her earlier volumes, along with poems never published before.

Traditionally, the ‘cream of the well’ was the first sip of the well taken at sunrise, when the healing properties of the water were believed to be most potent. People would sleep out all night close by the well, and then they would run to drink as the sun came up.