Milne's Bar

On the corner of Hanover Street and Rose Street




Allan Dodds

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England

Thank you to Allan Dodds who wrote:


"In the 1960s, I and a number of my friends would  visit Milne's bar on a Friday night. Also in attendance were the likes of:

Norman MacCaig

Hugh McDiarmid

Sorley McLean

Ian Crichton Smith

George Mackay Brown

Sydney Goodsir Smith

Edwin Morgan

Robert Garioch.

They always sat at their own table and only Norman McCaig ever smiled across at me if I caught his eye. What a collection of literary talent all in one room, and all in one's own lifetime!"


"A mutual friend, Sandy Moffat, then an undergraduate at Edinburgh College of Art was also in attendance. He later captured in oils the atmosphere of the day.  This painting is now in the National Galleries of Scotland collection.  It perfectly captures the  mood and the likenesses are excellent, although the fag smoke is absent!

A copy of Sandy Moffat's painting can be found on Flicker.  Here is a link to it.  The title is: 'The Poet's Pub Postcard, 1980'."

Allan Dodds, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England:  October 18+28, 2011


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