The poet and playwright. Joe Corrie was born on November 13th 1894 not far from where I now live, in Slamannan, Falkirk
Corrie’s family moved to Cardenden at a young age and he went to work in the local coal mine aged 14 in 1908.
Described by T.S. Eliot as ‘the greatest Scots poet since Burns’, Joe Corrie’s poems were inspired by the mining communities of West Fife and explore socialist themes.
The first performances of his plays Hogmanay and The Shillin’-a-week Man raised money to feed the miners during the General Strike in 1926.
Corrie died in Edinburgh and his name is remembered in the Corrie Centre at Cardenden
Scottish Pride - by Joe Corrie
It’s fine when ye stand in a queue
at the door o’ the ‘Dole’
on a snawy day,
To ken that ye leive in the bonniest
land in the world,
The bravest, tae.
It’s fine when you’re in a pickle
Whether or no’
you’ll get your ‘dough’,
To Sing a wee bit sang
o’ the heather hills,
And the glens below.
It’s fine when the clerk says,
'Nae ‘dole’ here for you!’
To proodly turn,
and think o’ the bluidy slashin’
the English got