June 1958

42 x 30cm, 1pp b/w xerox copy of the original short story found in the Glasgow Herald in 1958. 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 meeting a young boy near the sea edge and asking him to solve a riddle. The boy cannot despite several clues - which are all metaphors - and gives up. At the end the boy is excited to see a fishing boat come in and without the answer being given the riddle is solved for us. Excellent and with many themes of later work to come included. 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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