Celebrating Silvana McLean

Belated news that The Lit Room Press published its latest book on in July – The Artist’s Tale is a celebration of the work of the late artist Silvana McLean, with poems inspired by her legacy. Based in Moniaive, Dumfries and Galloway, Silvana died last year after a long illness, leaving a body of acclaimed work – much of it in recent years inspired by the landscape of the far north – mainly Iceland and Shetland. A group of poets (also based in Moniaive) produced the book to celebrate her work through their own eyes. The Artist’s Tale marries beautiful colour reproductions of her work on each page, alongside the poems that they inspired.


Moniaive published-poet Annie Wright founded The Lit Room Press in 2015. “Silvana’s work has inspired an astonishing range of wonderful poems that speak of the hidden layers that characterise her work”, she said.  “In some instances, we have more than one personal interpretation of a particular work – and the results will be a challenge to readers to explore their own reactions to each painting.”

The project is supported by Silvana’s husband Alasdair McLean who made available the high-quality photos (by Euan Adamson and Peter Roberts), and extracts from her sketch books. He also wrote the preface: “I am delighted that Silvana’s work has been reflected by these poems, which illustrate so well the mystery and depth of her art.In the same way that poetry paints pictures with words, Silvana aspired to paint the way a poet writes. The book is a wonderful tribute to her memory”, he says.

The Artist’s Tale (ISBN 978-1-9999482-1-4) £14.99 is on sale at Gracefield Arts Centre and Waterstones shop in Dumfries, the Whitehouse Gallery in Kirkcudbright, and in Moniaive at Watson’s Shop, Glenwhisk Café and The Hive, or by post from Annie Wright.