Eddie Linden’s complex character is encapsulated by  Gerald Mangan in a  drawing of him arriving at the gate of heaven, accompanied by St Peter, who pleads with a bearded, grumpy God the Father seated on his celestial throne. “He says he’s a manic-depressive alcoholic lapsed-Catholic Irish working-class pacifist-communist bastard from Glasgow. And would you like to subscribe to a poetry magazine?” Photograph: Eamonn McCabe

May 13th will see an eclectic gathering of thinkers and literati assemble in London’s Mayfair to pay homage to the Scottish-born poet and retired p(...)