Hamish Whyte was born in Giffnock, Renfrewshire, and lived in Glasgow for many years before moving to Edinburgh in 2004. He has published several poetry pamphlets and edited many anthologies of Scottish literature. He runs Mariscat Press, publishing the poetry of Edwin Morgan, Gael Turnbull, Janice Galloway, Stewart Conn, Gerry Loose and A.L. Kennedy, among others. He has worked as a librarian, reviews crime fiction for Scotland on Sunday and is currently an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Scottish Literature at Glasgow University. He has published bibliographies of Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Liz Lochhead and Edwin Morgan, and contributed to the New Dictionary of National Biography (OUP). A new collection of poems, A Bird in the Hand, is due from Shoestring Press in 2008.
About writer's work
It’s difficult to write about your own work. I suppose I follow William Carlos Williams’s ‘no ideas but in things’ - I like concrete and brief. Not sure about ‘themes’, but certainly two recent concerns are memory and family. I have been working on a collaborative project with the poet James McGonigal, Virtual Memories, gathering and recording our memories, giving them a kind of shape (but not too poetical). We can offer workshops on this project. I also write and give readings together with my partner the poet Diana Hendry. Following a stint in France as joint Robert Louis Stevenson Fellows, we have produced a series of poems exploring contemporary family relationships, called, appropriately, In the Family Way. We offer joint readings on this and other themes.
Websites featuring the authorwww.spl.org.uk
Current events and projects
Available to do readings and workshops, either solo or with James McGonigal (on the Virtual Memories project) or with Diana Hendry (general poetry readings or topics such as family poems, love poems, or presenting our anthology for young people, Poems United).
Rooms (Aquila, 1986) ISBN 0 7275 0334 0 Siva in Lamlash (minimal missive, 1991) Christmasses (Vennel, 1998) Sappho Said It (minimal missive, 2002) Green Fire & Bright Hopes: Christmas Poems by Diana Hendry & Hamish Whyte (uneven press, 2005)
Poetry ephemera: Epigrams by Martial (Scottish Poetry Library, 2001) [postcard] ‘What the Leopard Said’ (Scottish Book Trust, 2003) [postcard] ‘Lovemark’ (Essence Press, 2008) [bookmark] Translations: Martial Mottoes (Galdragon Press, 1998) More Martial Mottoes (Galdragon Press, 1999) Take Five 07: translations (Shoestring Press, 2007) [contributor] ISBN 978 1 904885 66 5 Books edited Lady Castlehill’s Receipt Book: a selection of 18th century fare (Molendinar, 1976) ISBN 0904002 20 9 Noise and Smoky Breath: an illustrated anthology of Glasgow poems 1900-1983 (Third Eye Centre/Glasgow Libraries, 1983) ISBN 0 906474 28 0 The Scottish Cat (Aberdeen University Press, 1987) ISBN 0 08 034077 1 About Edwin Morgan (Edinburgh University Press, 1990) [with Robert Crawford] ISBN 0 7486 6083 6 The Minister’s Cat (Aberdeen University Press, 1991) ISBN 1 873644 10 8 Mungo’s Tongues: Glasgow Poems 1630-1990 (Mainstream, 1993) ISBN 1 85158 580 X Quotations (HarperCollins, 1995) ISBN 0 00470855 5 A Scottish Feast: an anthology of food and eating (Argyll, 1996) [with Catherine Brown] ISBN 1 874640 42 4 An Arran Anthology (Mercat Press, 1997) ISBN 1 873644 67 1 Across the Water: Irishness in modern Scottish writing (Argyll, 2000) [with James McGonigal and Donny O’Rourke] ISBN 1 902831 15 2 Best Scottish Poems of 2004 (Scottish Poetry Library online anthology, 2004) Into Glasgow: translations and responses (Mariscat Press, 2006) ISBN 0 946588 20 1 Poems United: A Commonwealth Anthology (Scottish Poetry Library/Black and White, 2007) [with Diana Hendry] ISBN 978 1 84502 140 5 From Saturn to Glasgow: Fifty favourite Poems by Edwin Morgan (Carcanet/Scottish Poetry Library, 2008) [with Robyn Marsack] ISBN 978 1 85754 983 6 New Writing Scotland 7-11, 20-23 (ASLS, 1989-93, 2003-05) [with Edwin Morgan, Janice Galloway, A.L. Kennedy, Moira Burgess, Valerie Thornton]