The Highland Citizenship Test by Colin Bramwell


The much-anticipated debut from poet and performer Colin Bramwell.

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“Colin Bramwell manages to combine meticulous attention to craft with a love of language and a delightfully irreverent humour.” – Edwin Morgan award Judges, 2020

The Highland Citizenship Test is a much-anticipated debut, one that marks the emergence of a significant new voice in contemporary Scottish poetry. These poems constitute a remarkable journey, crossing and recrossing borders between Highlands and Lowlands, between Scots and English, between ridiculousness and profundity, forms and genres, dreams and reality. In these subtle and playful variations on the theme of ‘home’, Bramwell explores and explodes the idea that any of us can truly be from only one place. This is skillful, funny and memorable poetry.

Colin Bramwell is a poet and performer from the Black Isle who writes and performs in Scots and English. A favourite on the live poetry circuit, he has performed feature sets at most of the major nights in Scotland. He is currently writing his doctorate on Scots poetry and translation at the University of St Andrews. He lives in Edinburgh, and can be found at / @brambrella (twitter)