Through the Drinan verse, Macleod sought to develop a ‘documentary’ style which focussed upon community and locality, particularly the people of the Scottish Highlands and Islands, whilst referencing past atrocities such as the Clearances. ... Women, a sequence of forty-one soliloquies by speakers of the Hebridean Isle of Barra, was his most popular and well-received work, selling over 650 copies.
On the cover of his final Drinan book, Script From Norway (1953), a 2700-line poem written in the form of a film script, Macleod reveals himself as Drinan. Script follows a group of English and Scottish film makers in Norway, who intend to make a documentary about the nation and its people. It contains Scottish Nationalism, and its lines draw a parallel between Scotland and Norway as controlled by England and Sweden respectively.
Now, in an editorial collaboration between James Fountain and Andrew Duncan, Waterloo Press presents A Drinan Trilogy, consisting of The Cove (1940), The Men of the Rocks (1942) and Script From Norway (1953), three magnificent works of modernist verse which fully display Macleod’s capability for innovation, coupled with a focus upon history and an advocacy for both the country of his family’s origin, and the place that was most dear to him: Scotland. Each book is unique in its own right, but the three together capture the essence of an entire era of Macleod’s creativity.
from the Foreword by James Fountain