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Altered Days at Crowdiehill

By Joe Corrie


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Scottish Play: No. 149

From Wikipedia, Joe Corrie (13 May 1894 – 13 November 1968) was a Scottish miner, poet and playwright best known for his radical, working-class plays.

He was born in Slamannan, Stirlingshire in 1894. His family moved to Cardenden in the Fife coalfield when Corrie was still an infant and he started work at the pits in 1908. He died in Edinburgh in 1968.

Shortly after the First World War, Corrie started writing. His articles, sketches, short stories and poems were published in prominent socialist newspapers and journals, including Forward and The Miner.

Corrie's volumes of poetry include The Image O' God and Other Poems (1927), Rebel Poems (1932) and Scottish Pride and Other Poems (1955). T. S. Eliot wrote "Not since Burns has the voice of Scotland spoken with such authentic lyric note".  He turned to writing plays during the General Strike in 1926.

More information can be found on his Wikipedia page; Joe Corrie.


Geordie McCallum, a Glasgow orphan, has been adopted by Grannie Lintie and her two daughters who tenant the small farm of Crowdiehill.

Geordie isn't treated too generously by them, and in order to gain a little pocket-money, he exploits his skill with the catapult to do a bit of poaching in secret. Unfortunately Geordie is caught red-handed by the Laird, and things look black indeed for Geordie, until other poachers come on the scene. The Laird rushes to grapple with the poachers and gets himself into great danger. But Geordie and his catapult come to his rescue.