October 1955

42 x 30cm, 1pp b/w xerox copy of the original short story found in the Glasgow Herald in 1955. This was one of Finlay's first published works (along with others in the same newspaper). At this time the Glasgow Herald was a regional newspaper and carried prose and poetry in its pages. Finlay's short story is of a manual road worker telling his subordinate to go and get grapes for him from the hut half a mile away. After several trips they go back together and the navvy shows the younger man that he wanted 'digging' grapes not 'eating' grapes, the difference being severe. The pub enjoys the story but the description of the different workers in the tavern is the real point of this story.
It is interesting that Finlay's story turns on the difference that the pronouns "digging: vs "eating" make to the noun grapes. Many of Finlay's later poetic works use that device to create subtle and not-subtle changes to meaning and the poetic images conjured up.
It is near impossible to find a copy of this specific newspaper now because even the large suppliers of past issues did not cover regional papers.

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30 x 42cm, 1pp b/w xerox copy of the original short story found in the Glasgow Herald in 1955. This was one of Finlay's first published works (along with others in the same newspaper). At this time the Glasgow Herald was a regional newspaper and carried prose and poetry in its pages. Finlay's short story is quite long and concerns a near accident amongst a group of potato pickers in a field which really is a study in class attitudes and relationships.
It is near impossible to find a copy of this specific newspaper now because even the large suppliers of past issues did not cover regional papers.

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